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Drone makers test device's power with 'drone surfing' video

By Ben Hooper
A drone pulls a man riding a skim board in Washington state. Screenshot: Storyful
A drone pulls a man riding a skim board in Washington state. Screenshot: Storyful

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A group of Washington state drone makers showed off their latest model's power by using it to pull a man on a skim board in a "drone surfing" video.

The creators of Freefly Systems drones posted a video to YouTube showing what happened when they used a Freefly ALTA 8 octocopter to pull a man on a skim board across the surface of the water.

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The company said the process invented a new kite surfing-inspired sport: "drone surfing."

Hugh Bell of Freefly Systems said the team practiced on dry land with a skateboard before their first "drone surfing" attempt.

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