Tahitian drone pilot wows viewers with insane surf videos

One of the many (admittedly less important) ways in which the expansion of drone use has revolutionized the way people live, work and even play is by providing drone video fans with closeness and improved surf angles. A pilot has now taken that to new heights by giving the world new insights into the multi-faceted madness of Tahiti’s monstrous Teahupo’o.

Not much is known about drone pilot and filmmaker Moana Peifer, whose 28 no-text, no-comment offerings on her YouTube channel reveal no information about himself or his aerial gear. Several of these GoPro and drone videos around Tahiti offer glimpses of himself and his family members in beautiful locations — producers of cool, but not huge, clicks.

But others that are now getting far more attention are his recent drone videos taken over Teahupo’o – which has been translated as “the place of the skulls” – and surfers battling the massive waves, the shallow reef. deep below and the breathtaking swarms of riders, boats, jet skis and other obstacles that pile up around her on big days.

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The epic swells that have passed through Teahupo’o over the past few weeks have been captured by professionals shooting from boats at water level. But specialist surf media and even mainstream publications have also discovered and loved Peifer’s amateur drone action videos, which include well-crafted titles like “TEAHUPOO FEAR”.

Boats near a backless wave – aka the edge of fate

Since, as noted, we cannot provide any details about the drone piloted by Peifer to capture the videos – or how he piloted the craft to bring the viewer closer to surfers pursuing their death wish – we will limit this post to what’s in the movies. And what they contain, note the surf site inertiais “Drone footage of Teahupo’o that puts everything into perspective.”

Start with riders being towed into impossibly thick waves that have no back, making the ocean feel like the ocean suddenly drops between 9 and 25 feet. The incoming swell sucks in the surrounding water – sometimes leaving only 20 inches above the razor-sharp reef – which then circles and arches above the surfers into a massive liquid slab that breaks down with impressive force .

When cameras in 2000 caught surfing legend Laird Hamilton surmounting the crash of what is still considered the heaviest wave ever surfed at Teacup’o, Surfer the magazine’s cover title simply read, “Oh, My God.” Peifer’s work evokes the same response.

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But in addition to similar footage of equally suicidal people daring on other terrifying rides in Teahupo’o, Peifer’s recent drone videos also showcase some oft-overlooked dangers of surfing the spot. These include dozens of boats floating around to capture footage or witness the countless surfers braving the wave – with some ships coming horribly close to being sucked in from above.

Also legion in his drone videos, jet skis race to tow surfers to Teahupo’o – in some cases several at once, increasing the risk of disaster. Peifer also captures some of those rushing gear to ward off wiped-out riders who get seriously worked up by massive sets — and don’t always get past those advancing walls of water.

Overall, Peifer’s drone videos represent great examples of how video filming drones have allowed viewers to get up close, personal, and incredibly close to people surfing huge, heavy waves – similarly way that other aerial craft masters have changed the way we view other sports as well.


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