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The folks at Freefly Systems, a cinematography company that specializes in camera movement systems and camera stabilizers, took one of its drones out to sea with a rider attached for a high-tech version of kitesurfing that the company calls “dronesurfing.”
The Freefly ALTA 8 acts as the kite, though it makes for a pretty pricey one. The heavy lift drone costs a cool $17,495, and is capable of carrying payloads—including camera rigs—weighing up to 20 pounds.
It doesn’t make for the most affordable hobby in the world, but it’s hard to argue with some of the impressive shots the high-flying camera captures.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.