Surfing 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 will be delivering 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 for 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 will like 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 "DJI Phantom 4" is probably the best surfing drone in the world. It features a compact design, 4k HD video, built-in intelligent battery, a GPS auto-pilot and auto return-to-home and landing system. It can be yours for $879.

The "DJI Phantom 3 Professional" offers an integrated 3-axis gimbal supporting an all new custom 1080p 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 $799.

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 $234.

The "3d Robotics Iris+" will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera dead steady with two-axis gimbal stabilization. It features integrated LEDs on all arms for trouble-free directional awareness. Yours for $429.

The "Parrot AR.Drone 2.0" 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 $203.

The "Hubsan X4 H107D" 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 $79.

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 $37.

The "Syma X5C-W" has a high degree camera and it is equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems. It can be yours for $45.


The surfing drones review has been updated on May 17, 2017.