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UC San Diego Nurtures GoPro Creation

Nick Woodman, GoPro's Founder and CEO, was recently honored an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of California, San Diego! During the celebration, San Diego's CBS 8 interviewed Nick to give viewers behind-the-scenes access to his trip back to his alma mater.   

UC San Diego proved to be a great place for Nick to learn and stoke his creativity, and his time at the university reinforced that his enthusiastic and vivacious personality were meant for remarkable things. The school nurtured the idea for GoPro and helped create what is now the world’s most versatile capture device. 

"This is actually where GoPro started, you could argue. It's where I learned about my love of visual arts and photography, love of surfing, and GoPro is really the combination of my passions in the form of a business. I got very lucky as an entrepreneur that I could combine my personal passion with business. So I owe UC San Diego a ton for helping find who I really am," Woodman said. 

The visual arts department at UCSD is dear to Woodman’s heart and started him on his dedicated journey to succeed. A fun weekend of surfing and reuniting with college friends was a genuine reminder of where GoPro started and how impactful its roots are to the company.

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Mark Burnett, five-time Emmy award winner and avid GoPro customer, said in a previous statement, "We have used GoPro cameras in some of our biggest productions, like Survivor and The Bible. GoPro has allowed us to capture and share fascinating new perspectives that previously weren’t possible or were too costly, which in the end makes for better story telling. We are always excited to see what GoPro is working on next."

"In a world of smartphones and increasingly small cameras, GoPro is still the film fans device of choice and the rugged gadget that will launch the careers of many future directors. If in doubt, check out the home made rocket that took a GoPro to space or the shark footage, both on YouTube." - T3 Award for the GoPro HERO3

EY named Nick Woodman as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year in Retail and Consumer Products Category

"Despite a lot of newcomers in the field, GoPro is still the leader in adventure cameras. The new Hero3 Black manages to pack an f/2.8 wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, and the power to shoot 30 still frames per second into a camera body that’s smaller than a bar of soap" – Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" 2013

"Smaller, lighter, sharper, better … It’s the runaway POV cam of the year." National Geographic "Gear of the Year" 2013

GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition wins Men's Journal Gear of the Year 2014

The GoPro HERO3+ is the "Best of the Best…’Top Gear’ Of The Year" - GearJunkie Gear of the Year 2013

"GoPro Cameras Can Make You A Better Bass Angler" - Field & Stream

"Top 10 YouTube Brand Videos" - AdWeek