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(Pocket-lint) - Drone surfing is a thing now.

What's that even mean? Well, watch the video below to see a person riding the waves while tethered to a high-powered drone from Washington-based drone manufacturer Freefly Studios. It has made an $18,000 drone that can tow people across an ocean. The company claimed its new ALTA 8 model is capable of doing up to four tows per battery pack, and each tow lasts about 30 seconds.

Freefly, which has a decade of experience in the professional cinematography industry, recently started developing innovative aerial products to meet the needs of cinema professionals, and the ALTA 8 is its latest offering. During development, the drone went through a tonne of component and system-level tests designed to make sure it passed strict quality control levels.

The ALTA 8 is water-resistant, Freefly said, as it features a lightweight molded-plastic enclosure that covers and protects the flight control and power distribution board from outdoor elements. And with impressive 18-inch props and an optimised propulsion system, the drone's lightweight carbon fiber frame is sturdy enough to carry heavy payloads (see the chart below).

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Freefly's site has more details on the drone. If you have plenty of cash to spare, like to dabble in drone videography, and consider yourself a skilled surfer or water skier, then this is the machine for you.

Writing by Elyse Betters. Originally published on 23 September 2016.