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09/04/2013 03:05 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2013

Camera Attached To Drone Takes Amazing Surf Video

There are few things GoPro cameras haven't been attached to yet, but this video pushes the creativity level up a notch. Per Gizmodo, "The filmmakers strapped a GoPro HERO3 to a DJI Phantom quadcopter [a drone] and took it several hundred feet into the air, affording majestic views along the coastline where dozens of surfers are bobbing in the water."

Aerial footage of surfers at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz (DJI Phantom) from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.

Back in March, FOX Sports used an eight-propellor "octocopter" to drop in on surfers at the Rip Curl Pro. Fuel TV's Adam Howarth told Outside magazine, "Never before has a surfing broadcaster been able to provide live vision so close to the heart of the battle."

Drone use in war and espionage may be controversial, but the unmanned aircraft are gaining unanimous popularity in adventure sports. As Outside points out, they are generally cheaper than renting helicopters and their small size allows them to get close to subjects without disturbing them.

Mammut 150 Years Peak Project: Trango Tower, Pakistan (6286m / 20,623ft) - RC Helicopter Sample Footage from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

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