The more accessible, powerful, and lightweight drones become, the more we are going to see crafty individuals multipurpose them for their own whims. We've seen drones used to cut down trees, deliver products, and now here we have one pulling a surfer along a coast.
The Freefly Alta 8, hardly a hobbyist-grade drone when listed at $17,500, apparently has enough pull force to take the surfer in the video for a fun ride along the coast while he does some tricks on a small board. Of course it's out of the question to spend that kind of money for some fun surfing, but I can only imagine that an affordable version is not far off with as quickly as we've seen the market for drones bubble in the last few years.
It's important to note that this wasn't done by some crafty DIY-er with a spare drone and some free time, this was actually done by Freefly, makers of the Alta 8 (among other cool products). Freefly posted this video to their social media accounts, and Facebook in particular has been buzzing with comments about how there's no way this could be real. I couldn't find any comment from Freefly to confirm nor deny it, as they simply say in their posts:
The team at Freefly closed out the summer with the introduction of a brand new sport: DroneSurfing
So what do you think? Are they pulling a fast one? It looks pretty legitimate to me, but I've not used the Alta 8 so I cannot speak to how much power it does or does not have.