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Apparently, if you’re not from the flawless, beautiful, picturesque state of perfection known as California, you don’t have real beaches.

My California friends don’t seem to realize that there are other people around the country (and world) that live quite contently even though they don’t permanently reside in California.  These people go about their day walking the dog, going to work, and hanging out with friends.  They sometimes have to put on a light jacket, but they still find happiness in life! INCREDIBLE!

Some Californians refuse to accept this.  Such arrogance was shown when I told one of my Golden State friends that I was going back to Michigan to celebrate the 4th of July on the beach.

“You know that’s not a real beach right?”

I’ll show you what a real beach is. Cue the video:




GoPro Hero 4 Black: Making Average People Look Cool

Snowboarding with the GoPro Hero 4 Black – Review and Experience

I’m certainly no snowboarding prodigy.  I can’t do any cool tricks, jump on any sweet rails, or land any big air jumps.  The coolest thing I’ve probably ever done on a snowboard is accidentally doing a flip over my friend on the mogul hill and nearly taking off his head.  Don’t ask me why we were in the mogul area.  It’s clearly not built for snowboarders.  Regardless of my lack of extreme skill, I love snowboarding.  I pretty much only go straight down the hill or weave in and out of annoying skiers, but I love it.

When you watch cool snowboarding videos on YouTube, you usually see snowboarders doing really amazing things.  For example, you’ll likely see guys doing triple backflips, holding their GoPro in one hand and eating a corn dog in another.  That’s not me. Like I said, I usually just stick to barreling down the hill.  So when I brought my GoPro to a recent snowboarding trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Was there going to be anything remotely interesting in the the pictures I take?   Could I still make a cool video even though I can’t do an intentional backflip?  Yes.

What I especially like about the GoPro is how well you can make yourself look like a badass.

GoPro Hero 4 black snowboarding
Doesn’t it look like I’m capable of doing a triple backflip while eating a corn dog?
Look at me with my cool friends.
Look at me with my cool friends.
Here, look at me again.
Here, look at me again.

I’ve also noticed how narcissistic I’ve become since getting the GoPro.  I’ve taken more selfies since buying the GoPro Hero 4 Black than in my entire life.  Oh well, all great things have their flaws (I’m referring to the GoPro, not me, of course).

This is my first GoPro.  I bought the high-end model with a few accessories.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the GoPro’s capabilities.  I took it to Griffith Observatory and Malibu.  I tested it in my car as a dash cam.  I even set it up to take a nighttime time-lapse of the sky and stars.  I had yet to test out its video capabilities until I came home to Michigan for the Christmas holiday.  I made the snowboarding video below.

Here’s what I love about the GoPro Hero 4 Black

-Excellent photo and video quality.  And the color is so vivd straight out of the camera.
-Even when pointed into the sun, the camera can produce great images.
-Easy to use and carry.  All the accessories are quick to mount with this camera.
-4k and 2.7k capabilities.  I shot in 1080p for a variety of reasons, but those higher options are there for you, if you need them.

-Shots are surprisingly stable for being on a snowboard.

 And here’s that video I made.  No corn dogs or badass tricks for you to see, but I hope you still like it.

Note: Michigan isn’t known for its mountains.  Don’t judge us by the hills we snowboard on!

If you can do sweet tricks, or you enjoy capturing every moment from the bathroom to the outdoors, or you just want a solid camera to take on a fun road trip, the GoPro Hero 4 Black is the way to go.  Personally, I can’t wait to take this on my next road trip because it’s so versatile and can get the shots I can’t get with my DSLR.

It may sound like I’m reviewing this product in exchange for money.  I wish that were the case!!!  But, no, I’m reviewing it because I’m just that excited about how awesome it is…and because I wanted a reason to show you how badass I look in those pictures.


In other news, I’m back in California.  I picked up a Post PA gig for six months and hopefully this one will help me on my quest to become an editor.  In the meantime, I’m itching to go snowboarding on a real mountain and take another weekend road trip somewhere in SoCal.  Any suggestions?