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    GoPro Threw Me Out Of A Plane To Test Their Latest Camera

    You can practically see the adrenaline pumping through my veins.

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    Skydiving. The thought thrills some, sends others' stomachs churning.

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    Because they're smart. Humans are not meant to be airborne.

    I've always thought of myself as a smart person. But turns out I will literally ~jump~ at the opportunity of a free experience.

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    And for those of you uncertain whether you should likewise take the plunge, I have the footage and words for why you should.

    But first thing's first. How did I come to throw myself out of a plane?


    Depends on who you ask. My mum has a strong opinion on the matter.

    The team at GoPro bet they can get any Tom, Dick and Sally to capture stunning footage with their latest camera, the GoPro MAX.

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    This thing comes with single-lens video, 360 footage capabilities (!), horizon-levelling (!), voice commands (!) – and a fool-proof app that enables even a noob like me to produce social media-worthy content (you guessed it, exclamation mark).

    To be clear, I'm a writer – I have no talent for video. As if I could produce some of the insane footage their people come up with.

    Not one to back down from a challenge, I was given a GoPro MAX and a date with destiny/possible death. But first, we had to get to the airport.

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    And guys. I could get used to this. Going back to my 10-year-old, petrol-guzzling, family 4WD was a struggle after this.

    Finally, a stomach full of butterflies and a leisurely 1.5hr drive later, we arrived at the jump site – only to be told it was too windy to jump.


    Are you telling me I almost regurgitated my breakfast from nerves for nothing?

    You bet your ass I took myself back to the jump site, seven days and infinitely more nerves later.


    I did not tell every person, cat, dog and tadpole that I was skydiving, only to not skydive.

    And, guys? It was bloody brilliant.

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    I was appropriately nervous upon arriving at the airport β€” I do have some survival instinct – but the second I got on the plane, I was nothing but ecstatic.

    Here are some things you ought to know if, like me, you've never before cared to chuck yourself out a plane into the abyss below.

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    Everyone's experience is different β€” it's not true that everyone shits themselves on the ride up.


    Though I'm pretty sure one guy almost did.

    If you can, appreciate the seconds you're sitting on the edge of the plane. A-ddic-tive.


    Sitting in an economy seat on a commercial plane just does not have the same effect. It's so wild seeing so far into the horizon, no obstructions β€” just clouds and air.

    And finally, the free fall is the best damn bit, don't let anyone tell you differently.

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    Maybe not fly, but certainly fall with flair.

    Please enjoy this video of me going through aforementioned emotions. I made it myself.

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    And if I can, anyone can.

    Buy the GoPro MAX for $795 from Amazon Australia.

    Jump out of a plane with Skydive Australia at their Wollongong location β€” ask for Scott (trust me, this guy is a legend).

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