Drones: the new aerial surfing perspective

Drones are flying above the surf. You can see them, and you can hear them. Surfing drones are now part of the surfers' world and deliver spectacular footage for our personal archives.

Drones are the new helicopters. In the last two decades, surfers and wave riders in general had to pay for a helicopter to get stunning aerial video and photo. Huge investments were made to capture the adrenaline levels of big wave surfers in spots like Jaws and Pipeline.

In fact, the aerial perspective changes the way we see surfing, but also the way we read waves. It was only a matter of time until the fast-growing surf gadget industry invented a cheap alternative. Hollywood likes it, too.

The new surfing drones can be divided into two main categories. Those with a built-in camera and WiFi live transmission devices, and those with a special clip for GoPro cameras.

Surfing drones can be easily operated with remote controls and will deliver high quality videos and pictures from up above. They're also called quadcopters and unmanned aircraft systems.

The "GoPro Karma" comes with the Hero6 camera, flies up to 9,840ft and folds to fit into a lightweight case. Its built-in stabilizer captures stunning shake-free video both in the air and on the ground. Only $

The "DJI Phantom 4 Pro" is probably the best surfing drone in the world. It features a compact design, 4k HD, 60fps video, intelligent built-in battery, a GPS auto-pilot and auto return-to-home and landing system. It can be yours for $1,342.

The "DJI Phantom 3 SE" offers an integrated 3-axis gimbal supporting an all new custom 4h video camera with Wi-Fi first-person-view (FPV) on your iOS or Android device, you'll be creating super smooth cinema-quality videos in minutes. A great pick for $590.

The "Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV" features a new flight assistance system, FPV goggles and will fly for 60 minutes non-stop. It can be controlled by Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet. It features a high definition camera with video recording facility, plus flight data sharing, a patented piloting mode, and an innovative pressure sensor for increased stability at any altitude. Yours for just $499.

The "3DR Solo" is one of the smartest drones in the market. It is very easy to fly, and it is capable of keeping the camera centered on you, capturing your every move. Only $229.

The "Hubsan X4 H501A" features built-in video camera which feeds in real time directly to the LCD screen. You can record to an SD card and view the footage on the transmitter screen. A great pick for $229.

The "UDI U818A" features a remote distance of up to 30 meters. The quadcopter provides a four-channel function for stable flying and easy operation, video camera and transmitter with LCD display. Yours for $47.

The "Syma X21-W" is a compact drone that allows you to control the flight via smartphone. Features a one-key take off and landing system, flight plan options, and gets fully charged in 50 minutes. It can be yours for $49.


The surfing drones review has been updated on October 19, 2017.