Snowboarder uses drone to fly 25 feet into air (VIDEO)
Dressed as Santa Claus, and riding a snowboard, Casey Neistat clutches onto a giant drone that pulls him up and down the slopes, lifting him 25 feet into the sky. The stunning footage was captured in Finland.
Neistat, a major YouTube personality, only retired from making his popular daily vlog a few weeks ago, but the internet star is already going viral again with his new video for the holidays.
The video is reminiscent of some of Neistat’s earlier productions in which he is pulled through the canals of Amsterdam on a wakeboard, or down the streets of New York City on a snowboard
Many of Neistat’s other videos have been about testing and playing with drones. However, until now, he was never able to find one big enough to support his weight.
In order to pull off the stunt, Neistat partnered with Samsung over a year ago to build a massive drone, which the team calls "Janet." The octocopter has 16 rotors, which allow it to support Neistat’s full weight.
“No one in the world sells a drone that can lift a human being,” says a team in the footage who designed the drone specifically for the stunt. “So we built our own.”
With Samsung’s equipment, Neistat, and fellow YouTube star Jesse Wellens of the channel PrankVsPrank, traveled all the way to Finland to find the perfect setting for the holiday video. The winter wonderland at the base of the ski resort hosts actual reindeer and looks like something out of a Christmas card.
As the behind-the-scenes video above shows, a lot of work went into filming the video. There were drone pilots, a cameraman following him in a truck for a tracking shot, and several safety precautions had to be taken so the stunt could be safely executed. Neistat was even strapped into a body harness and attached to the drone, so there was no way that he could fall. So, don’t try this at home, kids!
The drone was also fitted with a Samsung 360-degree video camera, and the footage from that camera will be available soon.