3 Badass Hobbies You Can Take Up Today
April 3rd, 2015
In a 2007 interview in the New York Times, Dr. S. Ausim Azizi, a neurologist at Temple University, explained that participation in hobbies activates the "feel good" area of the brain that makes humans happy. When people participate in activities they enjoy, the brain's pleasure center (nucleus accumbens) stimulates reward mechanisms by releasing dopamine; this is also true for when the brain is exposed to opiate drugs. Unfortunately, longtime hobbies can become boring and repetitive after years or even decades. A new hobby can rejuvenate your mind and soul, but don't limit the possibilities. A new hobby should be enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. These three activities fit the bill.
Part of the enjoyment and thrill of scuba diving is that you must have complete faith in your gear and training while 130 feet underwater. The resulting photos and experience, however, will last a lifetime. The United States is one of the best countries on the planet for scuba diving because of its sheer number of scuba destinations. The Great Lakes, Florida Keys and even urban centers like Seattle and San Diego are hot spots for divers. Under the Liberty Ship Act of 1972, the law allowed the U.S. Marine Administration (MARAD) to deliberately sink ships no longer in use and create artificial reefs for the benefit of aquatic life; it just so happens that the ship-reefs are perfect for scuba divers to explore. Scuba diving courses can be completed in a weekend and certification costs anywhere from $200 to $400. The Professional Association of Diving Instructor (PADI) is the best place to look for reputable instruction. You'll need to bring your own boots, snorkel and mask, but most academies offer special pricing on equipment for those enrolled in their courses.
Amateur astronomer Peter Jalowiczor didn't even own a telescope when he discovered four new planets from his home office in South Yorkshire (United Kingdom) in 2010. Not only has he been credited as the co-discoverer of the planets by the University of California, but his findings were also published in the Astrophysical Journal. Jalowiczor used doppler spectroscopy, a complicated scientific process, to find his planets. But those who are simply curious as to what's out there can purchase a decent telescope for under $100. Download apps like Pocket Universe and Mobile Observatory to help you make sense of the sky's overwhelming size. The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is also a great source for journals and additional equipment that enhance your stargazing experience.
Wishing to fly in the air like a bird is a dream of many. Paragliding is a very exciting and adrenaline rushing hobby and sport. It consists of a foot launched kite / canopy that requires no energy other than wind, gravity, and pilot muscle power. Pure bliss over lakes, mountains and beautiful scenery. Paragliding is known to be the most basic way to fly in an open air like other birds do but in a controlled manner. Like scuba diving, you must have complete faith in your gear and training to venture in the sky. If you don't want to learn all the rules, technics and safety procedures, you can go for a tandem flight with a professional, relax and enjoy the view.
Photo Cade Palmer in New Zealand
There are a lot of paragliding schools and companies depending where you are and you can search the USHPA , the United Staes Handgliding and Paragliding Association. We also have a few of paragliders we can recommend, that we have worked with over the years and that will show you a great time. In Jackson Hole Wyoming , check out Cade Palmer and Ground Rush Air Sports In Ketchum, ID Fly Sun Valley and Chuck Smith – Cormac O'Brien in Santa Barbara and more.
A hobby should provide both entertainment and enrichment to your life; scuba diving, stargazing, and paragliding are three pastimes that could achieve both.
What is your Badass hobby?
Congratulations Justin Mui for your awesome shot in the pool!
Good times Underwater – Spring Break in Florida
Photo J_Mui on Instagram
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Epic Ostrich ride self-video in Vietnam by Chris Brinlee Jr
March 26th, 2015
A typical trip to Vietnam does not usually rhymes with an ostrich ride, but Chris rode that bird like a pro!
Check out that smile on that epic self-video shot in Mui Ne, Vietnam. with a GoPro and XShot selfie stick. Priceless!
"So this happened today.XShot GoPro#xshot #gopro"
Posted by Chris Brinlee Jr on Friday, March 20, 2015
We were at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas last week and we had the pleasure to meet Troy Petenbrink from the Travel Channel.
Thank you Troy for your great travel gear selection from the 2015 Show, and for including the XShot selfie stick!
"For the growing number of selfie-stick-using travelers, XShot, one of the device’s original producers, premiered an updated version, which weighs about 3 ounces, comes with a Bluetooth remote and is available in 6 colors"
Check out some very nifty travel bags and accessories. We really loved the 2S Duo suitcase and travel leash; finally something to remind us to take all the chargers we leave behind in hotel rooms…
Saint Patrick’s Day XShot Selfie Photo Contest
March 15th, 2015
Say hello to the Irish in you and post a Selfie with something green to win!
- Prize: The New Green XShot SELFIE KIT with a universal phone holder and bluetooth remote
- Enter your photo by 3/17/15
- Share on facebook to bring more Irish luck…
- Available worldwide, 2 entries max/ person.
Enter your picture here: http://goo.gl/HV93nA
Obrigado João Cajuda for taking your XShot around the world and taking those amazing group portraits and selfie. The perfect inspiration to go explore the world, and maybe summit Mount Atlas in Morocco with you…
João Cajuda is a traveller, blogger and videographer from Portugal. He travels the world and shares his adventures, travel videos and tips on his blog and can even take you travel with him if you are tempted to follow his lead in Morocco and more. Check him out at http://www.joaocajuda.com/en
Thank you Anthony Quintano for making this fantastic A-List selfies happen with your XShot Pro extender and GoPro camera. All shot on the red carpet by the stars themselves at 30 Rock NBC Studios. From the hysterical crowd shots to the solo selfie, you got them all. Any favorite?
Anthony Quintano is a talented photographer and filmmaker. He produces real-time high quality video and photography for social media and other digital platforms for @NBCNews
6 Tech Tools for the Those with Wanderlust
February 10th, 2015
If you like travel and you like tech, 2015 may just be your favorite year yet.
This is the year you can heed your wanderlust without losing your connection to home and the year you can block out the noise without blocking the world. Document your travel with great photos, power up when you're in the great outdoors. Lots of products are out there for the adventurous traveler, but here are a few that truly stand out.
If you like to take the road less traveled, you know the frustrations of being out of range for voice and data. But you can put those days behind you with Iradium GO! (It’s so awesome that exclamation point is just part of the name.) You can be anywhere in the world and the device will give your smartphone or tablet access to voice and data — with no roaming charge. How does it work? It converts a satellite signal into Wi-Fi. Imagine trekking off the grid in Nepal and still being able to call home. Or sailing the deep blue sea and checking your email. Yes, it's no cheerfully cheap tech, having service anywhere in the world may be worth it. This device is an investment that delivers in the quest for the true freedom to roam.
Two words you probably never imagined together: smart earplugs. Hush is designed to screen out the noise that often disturbs your sleep in new places, while letting the important audio alerts through. Good sleep while traveling is important, but noise of a new city will keep you awake. With these, even your travel partner’s snores can be screened out, while you can set it to alert you when important calls come in. This new product had an insanely successful Kickstarter. You can sign up to be notified when it starts taking new orders.
The Compute Stick: A Four Inch Computer
No need to bring your laptop on your trip thanks to Intel and the new Compute Stick coming out in March. You just need a screen to connect to, and maybe a wireless keyboard if you ant to get fancy. The stick is just four inches long and plugs into an HDMI monitor or TV. It has Bluetooth, a USB port and runs Windows 8.1, and is perfect when your smartphone is not enough and need a real computer for (light) work. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and ready to go.
Everyone’s got eyes on the Apple Watch. Previous smartwatches haven’t exactly set the world on fire, but the buzz around the Apple Watch is promising. The company has a history of innovations that succeed where others fail. This device will keep you connected to your phone without having to pull it out of your pocket — good news for travelers with their hands full. You’ll be able to make hotel reservations and check flight times.
Our XShot series of GoPro camera extenders and selfie sticks are essential for any traveler who wants to get serious about selfies while having a blast. If you are the kind of traveler who loves to share images of the journey, this nifty device will give you more options for getting that perfect shot. It comes in several versions, including a pocket version ideal for travelers.
Jumpr Slate 5K
Last but not least: Power. Jumpr Slate 5K is thin and comes with binder holes, ready to slip into a folder or notebook. And here’s the amazing piece for those off-the-road hikers: it’s solar powered. LED lights signal when it’s fully charged. At less than half a pound, it’s easily portable and convenient. Designed to recharge a wide variety of devices, from smartphones to tablets to cameras. One caveat is it’s not waterproof. But for those who love being in the outdoors, this will mean you don’t have to bring along disposable batteries or worry about running out of power.
XShot is thrilled to be a sponsor of this world class downhill event, a celebration of the skateboard culture.
The 9th edition of the world renown Guajataca Downhill is starting today and we are stoked to be part of the adventure for the first time! The competition, hosted by the Pirata Surf Club in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, is the biggest downhill race in the Southeast USA and The Caribbean. Over 200 local and international competitors enter the race in the Downhill, Sliding and Slalom categories. Good luck!
Get ready to see some XShot action at #gd2015 Check out some sick moments of the 2014 edition. Enjoy and stay tuned for more…
What an awesome shot by Giufo Soulboarder! Snowboarding in La Thuile, Italy, in the Alps near the French border.
Enjoy the powder in France and Italy!
Photo @Giufo Soulboarder
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