A debate has started to bubble over after an incident at Queensberry Bay in East London this past Saturday morning, 15 March. A group of surfers were out enjoying the clean waves rolling in at the quiet bay, while a drone flew overhead to capture the action.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular with video enthusiasts and spectacular footage has been captured over the past year or so and uploaded and shared via social media. One thing the videos don’t often show is the buzz of the machine as it tracks over head, plus the proximity can also be mistaken due to the lenses some of the cameras use. In other words, they fly a lot closer than it would appear, thanks to the wide angle lenses employed.
Beautiful, yes, but the soundtrack belies the true scene.
Two surfers who were out enjoying the session became annoyed with the drone and asked the videographer to stop ‘ruining the vibe’. One of the surfers, known only as Tim, said that he paddles out to get away from all the craziness of the modern world and to escape “phones and iPads and computers and stuff”. The videographer, meanwhile, asserted that it is a public beach and he has every right to be filming. He went on to say that should the surfers want some privacy, they should go home and close the door.
There have been other incidents around the globe where surfers have become annoyed with drones. The clip below shot in Palos Verdes, California, shows a surfer trying to stone a drone that was filming the scene as he was suiting up for a session. It also gives a better idea of the sound a drone makes while capturing its unique angle.
The footage from the Queensberry Bay incident was uploaded to Facebook [watch here], and the comments argue both sides of the story. What do you reckon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
[update] The video has since been removed by the owner on Facebook.