by Tasha Chapman
Last Sunday was a beautiful sunny day with smooth mini waves rolling in. It was the perfect day to try something new that I'd been looking forward to trying for awhile - the Ho Stevie mouth mount.
It had been years since I used a GoPro to film my surfing. I had the mount on my board when the GoPro first showed up, but I pulled it off pretty quickly because I felt like it took the natural fun out of the experience. I didn't like always worrying about it, turning it on and off, watching the waves knock it around, only to end up with some awkward videos of me just kind of standing there and wiggling around. It wasn't worth the bother.
I gave up on the board mount, but still liked the idea of catching some of my surfing on film. So I came across this month mount, really liked the idea of filming the actual experience instead of just myself, and went out to test it out. Here's how it went on my very first try...
So what do I think of the Ho Stevie mount mount? The quick answer - I like it!
It took a little getting used to. At first I didn't know what to do with it. I wasn't wearing a wetsuit so there wasn't anyplace to use the clip it comes with. So how to hang on to it? Basically you just put it in your mouth. Comfort wise it's not too bad, and I should mention that I have the OLD original GoPro... The biggest and heaviest of them all, with a big underwater lense on it. So if you happen to actually have a modern GoPro I'd bet you hardly notice it at all.
My favorite thing about it? Being able to watch my ride as many times as I want! Filming from this angle means later when you get home you can relive all the fun of the day again, from the actual angle you experienced it in the first place. It's awesome! As a side note, it was also good for my surfing. I have the bad habit of looking at my feet but with this it made me want to keep my head up and watch the wave. Bonus!
When you come off a great ride and then get to relive it again afterwards, you'll be hooked. Ho Stevie lets you customize the colors too, ships super quickly, and the bolt they use is really high quality - better than GoPros. I'd very much recommend giving it a try like I did! I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for it too. I'm taking mine skating next.