Eh Thousand Peaks Drone Operator!


I was out surfing at Ukumehame (Thousand Peaks), enjoying a quiet and peaceful morning riding waves. That is, until I heard an annoying buzzing coming from your low flying helicopter drone filming us surfers. It was downright creepy. Whether it was for commercial gain, or just to get some shots of your friends, it felt like an act of voyeurism. Cameras mounted on surf and stand up paddle boards are no problem, but your drone created a nuisance. It could have hit and injured someone. A swat with my surfing paddle could have put a swift end to it. Something needs to be done before these things proliferate. A guy wanting to buzz a surf spot with a drone should need to get the permission of every surfer out there. And you did not have my permission.

Illustration: Ron Pitts