The best drones for surfing in the world

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 deliver spectacular footage for our personal archives.

Drones are the new helicopters. In the last couple of 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 loves 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 attaching 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.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The king of drones captures stunning aerial shots in spectacular color detail. Delivers up to 31 minutes of flight time and maximum speed of 44 mph. Features an intelligent ActiveTrack 2.0 system with trajectory prediction and obstacle recognition.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air

A ultraportable and foldable drone equipped with a 3-axis mechanical gimbal that generates crystal-clear 32 MP Sphere panoramas, and shoots video at an incredible 4K 30 fps.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini

Here's a compact and ultralight drone equipped with a 360-dregree propeller guard, and a four-kilometer HD video transmission system. Its flight time is of 30 minutes.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Parrot Anafi

Parrot Anafi

A fantastic, ultra-compact foldable drone featuring an 4K HDR camera, 2.8x lossless zoom, 3-axis image stabilization, and a follow-me built-in system.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Holy Stone HS720

Holy Stone HS720

An inexpensive portable GPS drone equipped with a 2K camera, 5G WiFi, auto return home system, follow-me mode, and fast-charging batteries that last for 26 minutes.

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Holy Stone HS720

Hubsan Zino

A quadcopter drone capable of shooting 4K footage at a maximum distance of one kilometer. It comes equipped with a brushless motor, FPV features, and image tracking systems.

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The surfing drones review has been updated December 12, 2019.