it's actually kinda hard for the average Joe to think about, set up and successfully complete different angles and shots with the GoPro, they don't provide a selection of mounts that are easily used for other shots really. If you've seen any of my efforts you know they are mostly of the type you are not interested by and whilst they have been really useful for me over the last couple of years to get an idea of my technique and improve it they are not cinematic genius!!
I've been working on something for a couple of months to be able to film hand held or helmet mounted, done a couple of tests but nothing worth showing yet, I even mailed GoPro for advice, they weren't that helpful to be honest and really just said not to take any risks with the camera that might result in it being lost (as if I would). Point is that if Kelly sticks one in his gob and paddles into a 6ft drainer at Kirra and gets drilled and loses it, GoPro will just give him another one. He also has the much higher likelihood of making the drop! Not so for me though so I am immediately handicapped in two ways, firstly that I am not of Kelly's ability so my shots are not going to be late drop to barrel situations and secondly I will be worried about the cameras' safety so have to have a system that means I can drop it and it won't be lost.
Just turning around the mount on the nose of your board doesn't look that great unless the wave has a great long wall, any turns look a bit weird with the fisheye effect! The helemt mounted approach might bear fruit but the water in Scotland has not yet really been warm enough to wear a Gath helmet on it;s own, maybe in the next few weeks! The other problem with that way is that if the camera angle gets knocked you can't tell without putting your hand on it, then you have to watch you don't get any wax etc on the lens and trying to turn the bloody thing on with 5mm gloves on is pretty hard too!
Anyway, some of us are thinking about it, I couldn't believe the amount of GoPros up the hill the other weekend when I went snowboarding, all helmet mounted though, whilst I was testing the handheld idea I am working on, video to follow sometime!