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Spectacular! Chasing a windsurfer
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Joost GT3
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So last weekend I was out windsurfing with a friend. After a while I decided to exchange board for drone, and went filming him with my Mavic Pro.
Nerve wrecking to fly so low, fast and far, in the mean time trying to keep moving smoothly!
Quite happy with some of the shots though! It got my adrenalin pumping to see my buddy at full speed, flying sideways next to him, speeding up to fly around him and all the will keeping the image centered.... whoahhh, still feeling the rush! :-)


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SparksBird
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Wow that looks really fun.  Very good flying and footage indeed.  Nice work.  Were you doing active track or I take it all manual flying?  Looks like you had to put it in sports mode for some of the runs.
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Fastastic video and excellent flying, I can imagine the thrill, thank you very much!
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Great flying skills, nice video
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Suren Posted at 2018-4-13 08:42
Great flying skills, nice video

Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...


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Awesome! Were you flying FPV?
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

awesome !!!
very spectacular !
I love it !
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Wow ! Great flight and good edit. All manual or with active track ? Thanks
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Good work!   
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

Awesome footage!
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Montfrooij
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Good flying!
Even though we live in a flatwater country (about everything in our country is flat   ) I like your video!
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

Sometimes you just got to use what you have right?
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Very nice - Bravo!
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nice video
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Joost GT3 ,
WOW really nice video.
I can see where that would of been nerve wrecking.
You had me on the edge of my seat. You did a great job filming and flying.
I liked how the video transitions went with the music.
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

That was an Awesome video.
Saw what looked like a DJI Phantom  wiz by at frame 1:00.
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Awesome flying !
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outstanding all round - love it, well done
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

This is a very interesting video
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Yeah that was great - takes some balls to fly like that. I particularly liked the parts where you were in front of your windsurfing friend flying backwards. Exciting stuff.

In New Zealand, windsurfing (along with normal surfing, kite surfing etc) is very popular due to the coastal ocean swells we have and prevailing winds - much more like the video that Darkzi posted.
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Good movie like it..
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B1houdini Posted at 2018-4-13 13:42
That was an Awesome video.
Saw what looked like a DJI Phantom  wiz by at frame 1:00.

Yeah we can see it several times, pretty close and "hot" in my opinion to have 2 drones at the same times (pilot has to be aware of : waves + windsurfers + the other drone) !
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-4-13 12:00
Sometimes you just got to use what you have right?

Totally, it is just the "Spectacular!" term in title that I wanted to nuance for people not knowing what windsurf could look like !
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Wow Awesome job.
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-13 10:16
Hey everyone !

I don't want to be rude or anything but I am myself a windsurfer and our sport is often not well known, considered as an "old grandpa sport" and not "extreme" like surfing or kiteboarding, and this image hurts us. Joost G3's video is cool, but people please don't think this kind of windsurf (low wind on flatwater) represents all the discipline, here is what I would call "spectacular" for windsurfing drone action (here with the best pro windsurfers of the planet at a contest in Maui, "close ups" shots available from 1:40)...

Amazing footage!
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Very amazing video!
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Darkzi.F527 Posted at 2018-4-14 04:43
Totally, it is just the "Spectacular!" term in title that I wanted to nuance for people not knowing what windsurf could look like !

Ah ok.
That I get annoyed by too.
Footage should speak for itself.
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Joost GT3
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Thanks so much for all the feedback guys!

To answer some questions; I was flying manually all the time, not active track used. Most was flown in sports mode, since my buddy on the board was going pretty fast every now and then (not to his standards, but to mine). No FPV flying, all was done using an ipad Mini 4.

Regarding the "spectacular"... it was definitely how I felt! Flying low and fast and keeping an eye on altitude and obstacles, whilst moving smoothly and keeping the surfer in view... it was quite exhilaratig flying, and I definitely felt ecstatic, so that is why I mentioned it. I do admit that the circumstances (and the filming/editing) doesn't come anywhere near that what was shown in the movie Darkzi posted... I have some room for improvement still!

Darkzi, thanks for posting mate! What a wonderful picture, and it gives some nice inspiration for following surfing/droning sessions! :-)
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Great especially those pan rotations are perfect.
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Nice job and cool music to this footage. Happy flying
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Nice video and do keep minding the water.
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Celsus Posted at 2018-4-15 11:00
Nice video and do keep minding the water.

Thanks guys, appreciated!
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