A New View on Extreme Sports

Snowboarder uses GoPro HERO3 Camera to review performance.

By Karen Smith on May 2, 2013

The popularity of extreme sports continues to grow. In the U.S., there are more than 7 million snowboarders, 14 million skateboarders and 8.6 million mountain bikers hitting the trails, rails and parks throughout the country.

According to Krush.com, about 10 to 15 percent of the population have a “type T” personality, the profile of thrill-seekers who chase the excitement and stimulation common in extreme sports. These adrenaline junkies are turning to, and in some cases creating, extreme sports designed to push virtually any boundary, altitude or climate.

Verizon Wireless asked junior amateur snowboarder and freestyler George McDowall from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to take the GoPro HERO3 for a test drive while he trained for the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s National Championships in April. (George finished in the Top 20 in the halfpipe and slopestyle).

George strapped on the GoPro HERO3 while he practiced slope-style jumps and rails. The camera, which becomes a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the GoPro App let George record his runs and tricks through his smartphone while interacting with his teammates and coach.

“The GoPro is so easy to use,” George said. “I was able to attach the camera to my helmet or chest, and then control the camera through my phone. I recorded myself practicing and, immediately after, watched the video to make adjustments to the tricks I'm working to perfect.”

George described the technology as "eye-opening.” Sharing video with his friends and gaining insights to improve his performance has never been easier. “I truly love this technology and highly recommend the GoPro HERO3 to other athletes in extreme sports.”

The device will be part of George’s training as he continues his adventures in competitive snowboarding. This innovative technology empowers George and other extreme sports enthusiasts to view their performance in real time and improve skills. George sums up the GoPro experience best: “It’s awesome.”