Filmed 12.19.09, Lake Ontario
Camera & settings: GoPro Surf HD @60fps, 720p.
Song: “Edge of the ocean” by Ivy
Conditions: Not too shabby for a lake!
A little ice on the face never hurt no one.
(note to self: use Rain-X on the lens next time, and adjust camera angle)
Bodyboarding, Lake style (GoPro HD) from Corchero on Vimeo.
The Cove delivered some surprise surf Sat Dec 19/09. Conditions: clean & cold. Riders: Corchero. & The Reds. Filmed at 720p, 60fps, slowed down to 0.5x, downgraded to 30fps for Vimeo.
This quite possibly could be the very first Great Lakes body board GoPro HD video!
Intro to Bodyboarding
Body boarding is a kind of wave riding (sometimes called Boogie boarding). The average board consists of a small, rectangular piece of hydrodynamic foam. The board can be shaped and adapted to different riding styles, and size of rider. Bodyboarding has been growing very rapidly over the last couple of decades and has now developed into one of the fastest growing.
“ But a diversion the most common is upon the Water, where there is a very great Sea, and surf breaking on the Shore. The Men sometimes 20 or 30 go without the Swell of the Surf, & lay themselves flat upon an oval piece of plank about their size and breadth, they keep their legs close on top of it, & their arms are us’d to guide the plank, they wait the time for the greatest Swell that sets on Shore, & altogether push forward with their Arms to keep on its top, it sends them in with a most astonishing Velocity, & the great art is to guide the plank so as always to keep it in a proper direction on the top of the Swell, & as it alters its direction. If the Swell drives him close to the rocks before he is overtaken by its break, he is much praised. ” —James King, Journal, March 1779
Prior to 1971, body boards were made from wood or fiberglass and foam, and called paipo boards (pronounced PIPE-OH). Paipos made from wood do not have fins, but fiberglass/foam boards usually have fins. Modern popularization of the sport was made possible by Tom Morey who designed the first mass-produced body board coined the “Morey ‘Boogie’ Board”. Though the initial rider for Morey was Ben Field, as the years progressed and the sport went to higher levels, competing became a larger aspect of the sport.