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Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby bahflorida » Sun May 18, 2014 8:56 pm

Hey there everyone.

I'm currently the owner of a Best Kahoona 13.5. I'm sure that most ppl know that on the Kahoona there is no center strut. I'm looking to place a GoPro somewhere centered on the kite to get that cool aerial Kite-looking down shot. Placing the camera on one of the off-centered struts is going to look awkward, and not really the shot I am looking for. So far all I've come up with; is clipping the Go Pro into the pump tie on and gorilla taping the camera to the leading edge. Not exactly glamorous, but figured it might be worth a shot.

Anybody out there run into this? Or any ideas/solutions. I figured I couldn't be the only one

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby robertovillate » Mon May 19, 2014 12:00 am

I had a short "false strut" made out of pipe insulation and some lycra and then stitched it to the kite canopy . It worked OK, but it was not ideal, there always seemed to be a little flutter and shaking. I prefer the center strut on a 5 strut kite.

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby bahflorida » Mon May 19, 2014 6:33 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. Do you have any pics of what it looks like? I'm curious to know exactly how you did it.

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby robertovillate » Mon May 19, 2014 7:02 pm

sorry, no pics.

i had a 12" long piece of pipe insulation (approx 4" o.d.) and had this covered with some lycra. with some reinforcing bands of nylon webbing.. I stitched a velcro patch to the front end and glued the other half of the patch to the kite leading edge to help stabilize. I then stitched the lycra/foam tube to the canopy in 4 spots.

It worked...sort of...but if you have 3 kites you need 3 of these tubes.

I ended up going back to a 5 strut kite for this and other reasons.

I liked the smaller Kahoonas, but not the big ones...but I ride a different brand now...CORE.

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby dyyylan » Mon May 19, 2014 9:57 pm

You can still get pretty cool shots with it off-centered, you just have to point it in the right direction
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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby volume311 » Thu May 22, 2014 5:40 am

Works well off center
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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby bahflorida » Sat May 24, 2014 6:02 pm

Wow!
Is that really on an off centered strut? I'm on my way to but those supplies to make the center strut, but may hold off if thats just a camera adjustment on an off centered strut.

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby dyyylan » Sat May 24, 2014 6:28 pm

both of those pictures are on kahoonas so yes it's not on a center strut (because it doesn't exist ;) )

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Re: Best Kahoona Center Strut for GoPro

Postby bahflorida » Sat May 24, 2014 9:53 pm

That last one is a really sweet shot, and exactly what I was looking for! Does the camera affect the flyability of the kite at all? Also, for that second shot did you angle the camera inwards/outwards a little or just center it? Sorry for the questions, just would like to end up with some shots like that second picture you posted

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