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Good morning! Today we have a little less news than yesterday, but don’t let that disappoint you. Together with the articles comes a nice drone video showing off the monster waves of Tahiti. Enjoy!

Yesterday’s news

Today’s drone video

Today’s drone video is a little older but worth it nonetheless. Since 2015 it has racked up more than 300,000 views. The short film, made by Ashley Gasper, shows the massively powerful waves of Teahupoo, Tahiti and the people brave enough to surf them. If your morning coffee doesn’t quite cut it, imagine yourself surfing these monsters. I’m sure that will wake you up!

In July 2015 a massive swell hit Teahupoo, Tahiti in French Polynesia. This swell created massive 30 foot waves, surfing by Raimana, Matahi Drollet, Niccolo Porcella, Matehau Tetopata, Oliver Kurtz, Russell Bierke and more. This aerial video was filmed with a DJI Inspire and Phantom 3. Teahupoo is one of the most powerful and deadly waves on the planet, and breaks over a shallow reef, creating a below sea level effect. “Teahupoo” loosely translates to “place of skulls”. Shot in 4K, hopefully Vimeo will include 4K options in the future.




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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo