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the footage gopro cameras produce is fantastic and i’ve seen some crazy stuff filmed with a gopro, but i think i found it’s achilles heel – my skateboard. the day i bought the camera, i strapped it on my board and skated for 2 hours before the camera was completely dead. wouldn’t even turn on. i sent it back and got a new one, determined that i started out with a bad copy, and slapped it on my board. about an hour into my ride, the little guy started spittin blood. i could tell it was going to give up the ghost, so i tried to be easy on it (kinda defeated the point of getting it), but even so, the sd card would disengage after any jolt, and sometimes it would just power off or give me an “SOS” message. just before the battery died, i found out that the vibrations had caused the lens to start unscrewing itself from the camera body. it had slowly been unscrewing for about 15 minutes, making all that footage blurry and useless (you could actually see it unscrewing in the clips as i was skating). to add insult to injury, almost half of the good clips i had taken that day didn’t record on the card. between the 2 days and 2 cameras i ended up with about 4 hours of recording time and about an hour and a half of usable footage. despite the fact that i had to be gentle, i ended up with an awesome video – and a new paperweight.
UPDATE 4 Aug 2011: the last thing i want this video to be is a negative PR campaign for gopro. gopro cameras are tough as nails – but while they might be bomb-proof, it’s crazy to think that they’re indestructible. i skate very hard wheels and the roads are amazingly bumpy, so the cameras i used took a massive beating before they bit the dust. a few of you have asked me if you should buy a gopro – of course you should. they haven’t lost me as a customer and i hope this video gains them a customer or two. they’re solid cameras and i expect that they’ll get tougher and tougher as time goes on.
years and years ago, back when i was on fiveboro – we were doing a demo at a skatepark in philly and there was this guy there who was completely annihilating everything. i was like, “yo, who is THAT?” and somebody said, “that’s chris cole.” i don’t think i’d ever seen anybody skate that consistently. he was like a machine that was pre-programmed to get awesome. that was probably 8 years ago? i’ve ended up skating around him a few times since and it’s still the same story. the dude’s dials go to 11.
every now and then i get on the other side of the lens. here are some shots of me from this summer and the talented fellow photogs who make the magic:
you know how sampson lost all of his power after delilah cut off his flowing mane? well jeff brockmeyer used to have a long, flowing mane of dreadlocks – but after they got chopped, his camera skills are as good as ever. i’ve known him for ages and every shot this guy has ever taken has been crazy good. go to his site right now and check out his stuff at jeffbrockmeyer.com
bennett weinberg was a camper at woodward learning photography. his sensei, eli phillips (at elyphillips.com) was dragging him around the camp and they ended up near me. the crazy thing was that during the first few shots he took, i snapped 4 of the plies of my board (in this shot you can kinda see one of the plies sticking out a couple inches from the back truck). but 3 were still hangin on hard so i kept at it knowing that my board was going to explode and i was going to end up a twisted pile of wreckage at the bottom of the ramp. never did. yay cape fear skateboards for making crazy strong decks.
robert burch (at robertburchphotography.com) grabbed a couple shots that came out nice
the guy is pretty nuts. i walked up to the top of the 13 ft vert ramp and saw renton pop an 8 ft no-handed frontside air like it was nothin. dude’s got mad tech tricks, too. he showed me the playback screen of a tiny camcorder and it was his feet on the board doing a kickflip 5-0 on some coping and it was kind of hard to read cause it was just feet and a board, but it looked SUPER ILL. i asked, “when’d you film that?” he said, “that was my last run.” he was holding the camera pointed at his feet and it didn’t throw him off a smidge. that’s pretty nuts, right?