Watch Top Aerial Views of Surfers

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Pipeline and Backdoor Drone

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If worldwide surfing community has a single center of gravity, it is probably Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii.  Here is the famous Banzai Pipeline, a reef break which sends waves, surfboards and surfers one direction (the Pipeline) or the other (the Backdoor).  It's a thrilling yet extremely dangerous spot, and it's captured beautifully by drone in this epic drone video by top contributor and Hawaiian native Ryzone.   

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Winter Surf on Oahu Hawaii

ChristianTinman

Christian Tinman, who hails from South Africa, has developed a reputation for being amongst the top aerial videographers of surfing around the world.  He has traveled to many of the world's top surfing beaches, using a drone to create bird's eye views of some of the best surfers on earth.  In this video, he captures the winter surfing scene on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.  Home of the famous back door and pipeline reef breaks, this is widely considered to be the world's top surfing location.  

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Super Swell: Padang Padang Beach, Bali - 2017

indo eye

Indonesia's Bali island is known for having some of the world's most epic surfing beaches.  When a super swell hit the Padang Padang Beach (on the southern part of the island) in June of 2017, "epic" went to, well whatever comes after "epic".  As you will see in this incredible drone video by Indo Eye, who was able to film these unusually favorable surfing conditions from a bird's eye view.  Needless to say, this is not for the beginner surfers out there; these are extremely dangerous waves.

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Surfing in the Maldives

DroneHeroes

The Maldives, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, are known as a top tropical beach destination.  What is perhaps less known is that they also offer some world class surfing, on a par with Australia, Bali, or South Africa.  Top contributor Drone Heroes, who has a large Instagram following and makes travel videos around the world, used a drone to capture the epic Maldives surfing scene from an aerial perspective. 

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Kelly Slater Highlights: Billabong Pro 2016, Tahiti

Tahiti Fly Shoot

The South Pacific island of Tahiti is consistently ranked among the world's top surfing spots.  And 11-time World Surfing League champion Kelly Slater is very definitly ranked amongst the very best surfers of all time.  When this legendary surfer headed for Tahiti for the WSL's Billabong Pro Tahiti event in 2016, contributor Tahiti Fly Shoot was there to capture the action via drone, creating this epic video of the session.   Tahiti is part of French Polynesia.

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Surf & Drones - Margaret River Region, Western Australia

Sky Perth

While the Australian surfing scene is most associated with the eastern beaches around Sydney in New South Wales and the Gold Coast in Queensland, Western Australia also has some of the best surfing beaches in the world.  The vast coastline and a much lower population density of WA make for some incredible spots to ride the waves.  In this video, contributor Sky Perth uses a drone to give us a bird's eye look at one of these spots, in WA's Margaret River region.

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Zicatela Surf

Postandfly

Award winning contributor Postandfly gives us this beautiful aerial video of a beach spot in his native state of Oaxaca on Mexico's Pacific coastline.  Zicatela Beach is considered one of the best surfing beaches in the Western Hemisphere.  It's just a short distance from Puerto Escondido, a beach town which is widely considered to be more authentically Oaxacan than Huatuco, the state's other big beach spot which was developed on a large scale basis in a manner similar to Cancun.

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Waves & Whales

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The area around Gold Coast, Australia is known for being amongst the world's top surfing spots as well as a great place for whale watching.  Tweed Head is a small beach town in New South Wales, just south of Gold Coast (which is part of the Queensland state).  In this video, contributor Corellovel managed to capture the surfing scene at Tweeds Head with some epic shots of some humpback whales.  You'll see the surfers and the sea mammals sharing the stunning torquoise waters.

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Silicon Beach Surfers - Malibu, CA

sky.shots

Although surfing didn't originate in California, it was in the Golden State where an obscure activity which originated in the South Pacific migrated (by way of Hawaii) and became transformed into a mainstream activity seen throughout the world.  The cauldron where this occurred was in the string of beach communities west of Los Angeles from Huntington Beach to Malibu.  Contributor Sky.shots brings us this drone video of surfing in this legendary area, now referred to as Silicon Beach. 

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Surfing Girls in Brazil

gustavoaguiar

Brazil's long coastline features some of the best surfing beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, comparable to the best beaches of Portugal but warmer.  Brazil's top surfing spots  can be found throughout the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, as well as further north in Bahia and the other states of Northeastern Brazil.  In this video, Gustavoaguiar filmed a couple of surfer girls on one of the beaches near the city of Rio, around the time that the city was hosting the Olympic Summer Games in 2016.

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Atlantic Moods

ATLANTIC DRONES

Europe's best surfing is found in areas of the Portuguese and French coasts facing the Atlantic Ocean.  While a wetsuit is generally required, the surfing action is top-notch.  Contributor Atlantic Drones traveled to Hossegor in southwestern France and Nazare on the Portuguese coast to film some of these surfing spots.  Using a combination of gimbal stabilized camera drones and FPV drones he created this epic video showing the best of the European surfing scene. 

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Surfing in Praia Grande with a beautiful Sunset

Francisco Rodrigues

Francisco Rodriguez created this amazing drone video of the surfing scene at Praia Grande Beach.  It's located in the Sintra province of the Greater Lisbon region, just a bit west-northwest of the capital city.  It's part of the area sometimes known as the Portuguese Riviera, a stretch of Atlantic coastline that includes famed beaches such as Cabo de Roca and Cascais, which are more popular with swimmers (as opposed to surfers) and lie to its south.  

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Surfing the Arctic: Gore-Tex Experience Tour 2016, Lofoten Islands

C.Oberschneider

Surfing has definitely traveled far from its roots in the South Pacific, all the way to the Arctic.  Yes, surfing in the Arctic - you read that correctly.  In this video, contributor collaborated with the Gore Tex Experience Tour 2016 "Ride and Surf Lofoten" in Norway's Lofoten Islands, which lie towards the northern end of its Atlantic coast.  Using a DJI Phantom 4 drone, he provides us with an aerial view of this most improbable event, surely a rare instance of surfing at a latitude north of the Arctic Circle.

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Punta Roca El Salvador Centro America

fotovideorestudiosv

Unlike its neighbors in Central America, El Salvador only has one coastline, on the Pacific Ocean.  That's the right side though for surfing, and like so many other countries with a Pacific coast El Salvador is developing its own surf culture.  One of the top spots is Punta Roca, which lies towards the northern end of the country's coastline.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this fast-developing surfing destination, courtesy of contributor and drone pilot Fotovideorestudiosv

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Portuguese Surfing Paradise: Arrifana Beach, Algarve

pedrolftavares

Contributor Pedrolftavares gives us this epic drone video of the surfing scene in Portugal's Algarve region.  It's shot at Arrifana Beach, which is on the western side of the province.  It's part of Portugal's growing surfing culture, which has traditionally been centered on beaches further to the north.  The beach lies within the city of Praia da Arrifana, which is one of a relatively few towns and cities in this lightly populated region which has seen its tourism traffic explode in recent years.

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Surfing the Soup Bowl, Barbados

Niall Thomas

In general, the Caribbean Islands are not known for their surfing beaches.  Barbados is different though.  While it's considered a Caribbean island, it's technically not in the Caribbean Sea.  Rather, it sits due east of Saint Vincent, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.  With much stronger waves, Barbados offers the best surfing in the region.  In this video by Niall Thomas, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Barbados surfing scene in the Soup Bowl area on the island's northern shore.

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Duluth Surfing

Fit Lam Studios

In this drone video, Fitlam Studios shows us that surfing isn't limited to places like Hawaii and Bali.  He filmed this in a spot which isn't even on an ocean: Duluth, Minnesota, on Lake Superior.  And in the dead of winter!  One of the coldest cities in the USA, Duluth is also known for the length to which its residents will go to prove that the long bitterly cold winters can't keep them inside.  But surfing???  Wet suit or no, that is some mighty cold water you see here.  

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DT S2E1: Shreddin the Shore

Drone Trippin S. 1 & 2

The second season of Drone Trippin takes place in Oahu, the site of the Drone Worlds held there in October, 2016.   In this episode, Colby Curtola, aka SFPV, is able to sneak away to Oahu’s North Shore after finishing his racing events for the day. At the beach, he runs into pro surfers Eli Olson and Kailani Jabour, and they decide to try teaming up and mixing their skills to get some killer shots via an FPV quad in one of the world's top surfing locations.

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