Adventure Selfies: Less Duckface, More Turtle Face

Selfies can be annoying, but these adventure versions bring a little legitimacy to the game.
Mexican extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz takes a selfie in very muddy and powerful river
Rafa Ortiz showing the stoke! © Rafa Ortiz
By Josh Sampiero

Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are here to stay, and the honest truth is that you've most likely taken one yourself. While they range from cute to annoying and even downright aggravating (we're looking at you, duckfacers), we searched to find some worthwhile, life-affirming selfies that simply scream #adventure.

Mud river ride (above)

Rafa Ortiz takes a ride in a wild river, one that appears to have as much mud as water! Hopefully he doesn't get any of that sludge up his nose. By the way, nice air guitar pose, Rafa!

 

NFL star Reggie Bush takes an extreme flight with Red Bull Air Race pilot Hannes Arch in Austria
Reggie Bush goes for a flight in Austria © Red Bull Media House

Reggie Bush's sky scare

What's the easiest way to give a pro athlete like Reggie Bush a thrill? Take them for a white-knuckle acrobatic plane ride with hotshot pilot Hannes Arch.

 

Kiteboarder Brandon Scheid takes a unique selfie from his kit rigging in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean
Brandon Scheid slides by a tropical island © Brandon Scheid

Island ride

Kiter Brandon Scheid is a selfie-master. For this one, he strung his GoPro up on his kite lines for an aerial view of a Caribbean island.

 

Brandon Scheid kiteboarding in the Caribbean
This is foil kiteboarding © Brandon Scheid

Surfing — or flying?

Kite "foiling" is all the rage in kiteboarding right now. A specialized fin lifts the board out of the water and over the chop, offering up some of the smoothest rides one can get on the water. Brandon Scheid again, this time in Maui, Hawaii.

 

Paraglider Horacio Llorens takes an incredible selfie whilst upside down in the air over France
Horacio Llorens hucks it up and over © Horacio Llorens

Time for a drink

We've seen some ridiculous can shots, but this one takes the cake. It's so over the top we couldn't resist, and we know Horacio Llorens is having fun flying over this castle in France.

 

Surfer Chuck Patterson takes a selfie on a sailing boat in the South Pacific
Living the 'Titanic' dream... © Chuck Patterson

On top of the world

Chuck Patterson is no Kate Winslet — in fact, he's much more awesome. When he's not skiing giant waves at Jaws, he's positioning himself on the prow of incredible sailboats in the South Pacific. Lucky guy.

 

Kitesurfer Colleen Carrol takes a selfie from a unique angle on her kite in the Caribbean
This is how the cool kids slide and ride © Colleen Carrol

Sliding with style

Colleen Carrol is a kick-ass kiteboarder, as this GoPro kiteline-mount selfie clearly illustrates. Balance, power and a lovely selfie composition — this isn't your standard bathroom mirror shot.

 

Dane Jackson takes an incredible selfie from the end of his paddle whilst kayaking in whitewater
Dane Jackson, spins, and shoots a selfie © Dane Jackson

A new perspective on kayaking

Dane Jackson is the king of freestyle kayaking. Here he gets inverted during a move called the air screw. Our question: how is that GoPro mounted?

 

Horacio Llorens takes a selfie whilst paragliding in Valle de Cauca, Colombia
Horacio Llorens going the distance... © Horacio Llorens

Looking at the long glide

Horacio Llorens is mostly an acrobatic and freestyle pilot, but he's no stranger to adventure, either. He and fellow pilot Tom de Dorlodot flew across Colombia earlier this year.

 

Paraglider Horacio Llorens takes a selfie whilst flying over a castle in France
Storming the castle in France... © Horacio Llorens

King of the castle

As we mentioned earlier, Horacio Llorens and friends had an epic flying day swooping above the Peyrepertuse Castle in the French Pyrenees. This shot makes us wanna call Mr. Llorens the King.

 

An onboard selfie taken by a downhill mountain biker riding a trail in Iceland
Dropping into the line... © Andi Tillmann

Green scene

Downhill biking is a blast, and even more fun with friends. Andi Tillmann scores the selfie (and his friend's bum) during a high-speed ripper.

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