How To Prove You Got Really, Really, Ridiculously Barreled

Koa Smith's point of view on P.O.V.

There are few things more gratifying than threading a legitimate tube. But when you boast to your friends that you weaved through three sections and came flying out with the spit…they don’t always believe you. As fate and technology would have it, you now have the tools to capture the proof. When it comes to getting the perfect tube shot, we tapped the shoulder of Koa Smith (you’ll recall he recently nabbed $20K for the most perfect barrel we’ve ever seen) to break down the best way to shoot yourself in the tube. Here are his top three tips:

THE MOUTH MOUNT
“There are a few different cameras out there in the market, but I try and use the latest equipment from GoPro. I've been using their cameras since the GoPro 2 came out a few years back. When it comes to capturing a really good P.O.V. barrel shot, the mount you use is really important. I don’t like the view where the camera is on the nose pointed back at you. I always wanted to get a angle that looks exactly how it does when you’re in the barrel. I think the mouth mount gets you closest to achieving that. I've actually created my own mouth mount that works really good. It allows you to paddle in without having to hassle with the camera. It's really secure in your mouth. I've taken Second Reef sets on the head while holding the camera in my mouth, it was sketchy but it worked.”

FIND NEW ANGLES
“So we've established that the mouth mount is the way to go when you want to get the best P.O.V. tube shot. But don't let that limit you. If you're able to find a wave that's barreling good enough, it's cool to play around with different angles. You can take the camera out of your mouth and place it in your trailing arm to give you a new perspective. That angle also makes you look a little deeper than you are, which can be a perk sometimes for sure. So get weird, play with it, and have fun.”

CLEAR YOUR LENS
“The number-one piece of advice that I would give someone trying to get a good P.O.V. tube shot would be to make sure you lick your lens. I constantly spit and lick my lens, then dunk it under the water before I catch a wave. This ensures you that there are NO water droplets on the footage. It's the most frustrating thing in the world when you look back at your footage and see a water spot smack in the middle of your perfect tube.”