Today, there’s new technology that lets us witness things that we were never able to see before. BASE-jumping, deep diving, and even walking in space are thrills most people just don’t get to do in their lifetimes. And normal people don’t have a clue as to what it’s like to do them. But now, thanks to Go Pro and other headcams, we can really live vicariously through all the people that have the guts to do things we just don’t want to risk trying.
This is a one-of-a-kind list of all things POV (point of view) giving us a glimpse into things we rarely get to see. From snowboarding to skydiving to water slides, these people decided to put a camera on their foreheads and take us on a journey with them. Enjoy the ride!
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik walked in space, outside the International Space Station on October 20, 2017. He decided to capture his experience with a GoPro camera, and we’re so glad he did. Bresnik reflected on this quiet and peaceful moment: “Sometimes on a spacewalk, you just have to take a moment to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth. This Go-Pro footage is from our spacewalk where Joe Acaba and I refurbished the Canadarm2 robotic arm and the Dextre robotic arm extension.”
Here’s something else you just don’t see every day. The White Falcons, 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, are lined up in a C17, waiting to jump out with all their equipment. It’s truly amazing to see what they are capable of doing.
Ever wondered what it would be like to dive down to a see a shipwreck? See the next incredible video…
This remarkably relaxing video shows an amazing deep dive in Cozumel, Mexico where divers investigated a shipwreck. They went down 71.8 feet in April of 2015. The footage is beautiful and makes diving look so peaceful.
Jeb Corliss is a professional BASE jumper who suffered a life-threatening crash when he was proximity flying during one of his routine BASE jumps. “BASE” is an acronym for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, and earth (cliff). He survived luckily and led a long road to recovery. Amazingly, yet not so surprisingly, he went right back to his favorite activity. This is his first jump back.
See the next award-winning POV video!
Brendan Weinstein won a GoPro Award for his proximity flying, also known as wing flying. Wing flying is the sport of flying through the air wearing a wingsuit which gives surface area to the human body which enables an increase in lift. You basically turn into a bird. And it’s insane to watch. Brendan took a helicopter to Weisshorn peak in the Swiss Alps for an unbelievable proximity flight.
This footage is taken by someone traveling around Mountain Sheep Canyon, at Lake Powell. He’s on a high-speed canyon jet-ski, capturing some incredible footage of the canyon. The still water makes for a perfect reflection, giving the effect that the jet skier is flying through the air.
If you want to see what an eagle sees, click next!
Bird’s eye view is a commonly used term as we all know. But have you ever had the privilege to see the view from an eagle’s eyes?
This golden eagle has a camera strapped on its back as it flies through eastern Mongolia, hunting for foxes with the Burkitshi people.
Here’s yet another thing that most people have no idea what it’s like. This is the view of a pilot in a MiG-15 taking off from Runway 2 at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. We all fly on planes, but we never see what the pilot sees. So now you have more of an idea of what it’s like to be in the cockpit.
See how snowboarding among the pros looks like, next…
John Jackson is an American snowboarder. He takes life seriously in that he makes the best of it and takes his passion for snowboarding to the next level. He was filming in Alaska and Europe for a part for the X Games Real Snow video contest. See his footage as he journeys to through some of Alaska’s most intense terrains.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen these brave workers high up cleaning windows and always wondered to yourself how they do it. This particular window cleaner (YouTube name Squegeeguy) decided to strap on a headcam and show us what a day in the life of a window cleaner is like. As he wrote under his video: “Come hang with me. Let’s do some window cleaning.”
Ever been on a steep roller coaster? It probably wasn’t the steepest in the world. See which one is…
Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan is the world’s steepest roller coaster. It has a 121-degree beyond-vertical first drop. So it’s definitely not for those with a fear of heights. If you happen to be too scared to go on roller coasters in general, you can watch this video instead and feel at least some of the real deal.
Nicolas Salencon is a professional, free rider who reached victory in Red Bull Beyond the Line – a competition that includes the elite riders of freestyle and freeride skiing in the world. The contest occurred at Villegas hill, Baguales, Patagonia. Nicolas has flow, technique, audacity, strategy, and creativity all down pat in his award-winning ski style.
See what backflipping over a canyon looks like, next!
Kelly McGarry, a clearly brave individual, flipped over a 72-foot-long canyon gap at the Red Bull Rampage contest in 2013. And believe it or not, McGarry finished at 2nd place. Which only makes you wonder who and the winner is and what did he do that was better than this?
If you happen to be going on vacation soon and the destination is the Bahamas, you absolutely have to visit Paradise Island. The Atlantis resort houses the Serpent Water Slide. If you ever wondered what it would be like to tube through an aquarium and be right next to sharks and other sea animals, this is the slide to go on!
Don’t try the next trick at home, kids!
This young man (who goes by the name ILLSIGHT on YouTube) decided to head out in the dead of night with four other friends in Shenzhen, China, to jump off a building.
That’s right; they BASE jumped off a 1,300-foot construction site. They climbed to the top and jumped off the crane.
Formula 1 racecar driving is big in America, but have you ever been in the driver’s seat? This video lets us experience the first 15 minutes of real testing F1 action with driver Lucas di Grassi driving the Pirelli tires. This video was taken in August 2013 at Paul Ricard HTTT.
Next, kayaking in a ditch. That’s right…
Rush Sturges and Ben Marr are the epitomai of thrill seekers. This video shows their return to the ditch with a new “weapon of choice” as they call it. They chose a kayak this time from the looks of it. A tandem kayak at that. See how they try to conquer something they claim has never been done before.
This POV video shows what an F/A-18 Super Hornet can do in the hands of a skilled pilot. The F/A-18 is named after its Fighter/Attack function, and the 18 is its design number. The US Navy documents the F/A-18s taking “direct hits from surface-to-air missiles, recovering successfully, being repaired quickly, and flying again the next day” during Operation Desert Storm.
Wanna try skydiving? See the next video…
Deland, Florida is a popular destination for those looking to find their next thrill. Skydiving at DeLand has been possible since 1982. They introduce, teach, and enjoy the sport of skydiving with novice and experienced jumpers alike. If you’re thinking about skydiving or never plan to, you can enjoy this POV footage from the safety of your home or office.
This hiker is literally living life on the edge, getting dangerously close to a steep drop while climbing a mountain. Scott MacLucas-Paton, 48, from the Isle of Skye in Scottland loves to spend his spare time climbing scary mountains. This video shows The Clach Glas Traverse of Blaven. He said: “The walk is usually done as a roped climb on some sections and done with a group of people, but I had the mountain to myself that day.”
The next guy held a Go Pro camera in his mouth for the entire video!
This is Calen Chan at the Skyladder Parkour course at Tianmen Mountain in China. He had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful location called Heaven’s Gate. The average incline is 45 degrees and is 999 steps long, which is about 3 football fields. He said: “Obviously this was difficult, and I physically couldn’t sprint down the entire path of deadly drops without slowing down, but I did my best! I am the only person to do the whole thing with a GoPro in my mouth.”
Ras, al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, is home to the longest and fastest zip line in the world. Meaning only the bravest dare to go on this ride. This guy decided to zip line at Jebel Jais Mountain. It spans 1.7 miles and travels at speeds of up to 99mph, making it an unforgettable experience. It’s not cheap either. Tickets cost $185.
The next Red Bull story is truly one of a kind…
On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner rose more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the brink of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions of people around the world watched as he opened the door of the capsule and stepped off the platform. He broke the speed of sound when he free fell safely back to Earth.
Rush Sturges is an American professional whitewater kayaker, filmmaker, and musician. He takes people on thrill rides along with him by using his Go Pro camera. In 2003, he won the Junior World Championships of freestyle kayaking in Graz, Austria. Here, he takes an icy line down the 70ft Outlet Falls in Washington.
If you haven’t been to the Great Barrier Reef, you can visit it via the next video…
Phill Gordon won one of GoPro’s many awards for his video-taking and action-filled abilities. He used his GoPro Fusion 4K camera to capture the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef with a group of divers and the Ocean Rafting Boat Tour. What is it about these underwater videos that just make you feel so peaceful?
This is Tiago, a French inline skater. This video is one of his routine skates. As he claims in his video, he is trying to provide a good image of inline skating, trying to motivate others to skate too. He’s less aggressive when skating around people so that they won’t have a negative view of inline skaters.
Did you know you can skydive off of a hot air balloon? See, next…
It isn’t indicated in the video where exactly this is taking place, but it’s a group of people on a hot air balloon, and they’re taking their first jumps off the huge balloon that’s basically sitting in the sky. They are skydiving, of course, and the view is breathtaking. And you might even notice yourself literally holding your breath while watching.
You don’t always think of jet skiing when you think of Chicago, but apparently, it’s a thing there. This is the first video of this guy on his Kawasaki KFX 700 and went through his share of jumps. The waves were high, and it was a bit shaky, but he had fun.
Jet skis are fun to watch, even from your computer screen! See the next one…
Meet Samy Belmahdi. He’s a parkour enthusiast, and his videos are nothing short of insane. If you’re wondering what parkour is, it’s a training that uses movement developed from military obstacle course training. Parkour traceurs aim to get from point A to point B in a complex environment, without the help of any equipment.
This is Donner Pass, is a 2.4-mile highway that the world’s top downhill skateboarders just love to play with. With an elevation change of over 2,000 feet, with sharp corners and top speeds of up to 45 mph, the road is for the bravest of the brave. The Sector 9 team, including Louis Pilloni, A.J. Haiby, Jimmy Riha, Micah Green, and Jackson Shapiera, took POV footage of their adventures.
If you wanna know what it looks like to cycle down an escalator, check out the next video…
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride a mountain bike down an escalator, an abandoned bobsled track or a steep rock face, now you can see it with your own eyes. Thanks to thrill seekers like these and their GoPros, these videos can let you experience it along with them.
The TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland looks totally amazing. As a fan of the movie, I would definitely want to try this ride. The coaster looks like it has all the same cool designs and aesthetics that the movie featured.
Next, a one-of-a-kind water slide!
This is a waterslide called the Shark Slide at Aquapark Reda near Gdynia, Poland. The ride starts with an enclosed tube, and then you go down a big glass tunnel located inside a giant tank with sharks and different kinds of fish. This is the only ride of its kind in continental Europe. Aquapark Reda was opened in 2016.
This might just be Disney’s best roller coaster. It took six years to design and build at an estimated total cost of $100 million. The Vekoma custom coaster is listed in the Guinness World Records as the world’s most expensive roller coaster. Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is located just outside of Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Next, the skateboarding master himself!
In case you don’t know who Tony Hawk is, he’s a very famous American professional skateboarder, actor, and owner of his own skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk is best known for completing the first documented “900” (The 900 is a 2½-revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin performed on a skateboard ramp) as well as for his licensed video game titles. Here, he takes us on a ride with him as he skateboards on Bob Burnquist’s MegaRamp.
Space Mountain is really cool, as it’s an indoor/outdoor space-themed roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney’s World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The park has been open since 1975. With the closure of Cypress Gardens in 2009, Space Mountain is now the oldest operating roller coaster in the state of Florida.
See what snowboarding in one of the best ski resorts in the world is like…
This is Tino Glatzel’s POV video of snowboarding in Whistler, British Colombia. As he said in his blurb: “Snowboarding is about being there, showing up… The changes in weather in this video pretty much summed that up. The stormy days can for sure be the best ones.” Whistler is one of the best locations for snowboarders and skiers and one of the largest ski resorts in North America.
Stig Pryds is one of Denmark’s deepest free divers. He set national records in all three depth disciplines. Here, we see him going for a dive down 50 meters in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. He took his GoPro with him which means he took us along for the ride.
Too scared to surf? Obviously. But now you can get a look at what it’s like…
Surfing is another thrilling activity that most of us can’t even picture ourselves doing! Take a look at this POV surfing video which looks like so much fun, and it’s in such a beautiful place. But it really needs to be taken with caution since surfing can be quite dangerous.
These people must have some part of their brain that’s missing (or do we have a missing piece?). Because these are things that are simply unfathomable to perhaps 99% of the population. This is another look at wingsuit proximity flying over the incredible mountains of Switzerland.