Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
Chances are that if you’re into extreme sports, you already know about GoPro, the company that makes small, wearable, waterproof and shockproof cameras. Founder Nick Woodman was inspired to start a company dedicated to adventure photography after a 2002 surfing trip to Australia. Hoping to capture incredible images, he soon discovered that high quality equipment could not be obtained for reasonable prices. So, he decided to start a company where everyday people could capture professional-like shots. Hence, the company’s name “GoPro.”
GoPro’s cameras have now been used by the surfing community as well as by the skiing, bicycling, and skydiving communities. Its latest and most advanced model is the Wi-Fi enabled HD HERO3, which was released today. To show you just what this camera is capable, the company also just released an awesome 5-minute video. Warning: It’s a heart-thumping, blood-pumping video that’ll make you want to grab your bike, surfboard, kayak, or snowboard and just go!
Watch that video after enjoying these 22 photos taken at crazy perspectives by GoPro cameras. They were all shot by GoPro athletes or fans.
Above: Grant Davis used the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Combo Kit to capture this epic shot on Australia’s Gold Coast!
GoPro rockstar Bucky Lasek handplants it in his backyard pool.
Mind bending moment captured by BMX legend Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla. Mike says “I shot this completely solo today using the GoPro wifi remote pack, this product is a game changer for kids!”
Trampoline fun with GoPro user Sindre “Hangloose” Hauglin!
Wakeboarding with GoPro fan Christian Schranz, who says “Air railey at Cableways in Dresden (Leuben Lake).”
GoPro fan Filipe Fernandes encountered a bit of a road block on his mountain bike ride in Portugal!
Ride the Minibus on the Ottawa River! Photo by GoPro fan Patrick Camblin.
Let’s go fly a kite, with GoPro fan Lionel Gruffaz!
GoPro athlete Anthony Walsh gets shacked on GoPro’s latest shoot.
Congrats to GoPro athlete and LEGEND Kelly Slater for his 51st win on the tour at the Quicksilver Pro France.
Wipeout! Sweet SUP shot by GoPro fan Joan Bonet, upside down in Mallorca!
Dylan James Ferguson Skiing getting some big air at the water ramp park in Park City, Utah!
GoPro Media guru Jordan Miller hanging out on location for the Jeb Corliss wingsuit shoot in China last year.
Can you spot the remote? GoPro rockstar Caleb Farro front-flipping over the Unbound Terrain Park in Mammoth, CA!
GoPro rockstar Nate Bosshard getting steep and deep last winter!
It’s too bad Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla never seems like he’s having any fun.
Hang gliding over Soca Valley in Slovenia with Matjaz Klemencic! – at Soca Valley, Slovenia.
Look out below! Sweet shot from GoPro fan Guru Khalsa’s foot mounted HERO!
Skydiving social. How many GoPros do you see? Photo by Shawn Perreault.
GoPro rockstar Roberta Mancino (Mancino Roberta) flies through the Crack in Switzerland.
Wingsuit flyby. Amazing. *Correction – not a flyby but a true dock! With GoPro fan Barry Holubeck.
Mind (and space) bending skydive photo by Andy Godwin.