Growing up in Hawaii, Eric Sterman fell in love with the Pacific Ocean and surfing. One day he saw a drone in Bali with a camera on it and something clicked. He set out to become the best surf-drone-cameraman around, and with 60k+ followers on Instagram, he is well on his way. His work has gone viral all across the Internet.

Producer Jesse Aizenstat went to the North Shore of Oahu where he caught up with Sterman as he flew is drone over the pipeline, capturing breathtaking surfing video. He showed how he works with renowned big-wave surfer Jamie O’Brien, who takes a GoPro into Hawaii’s tubes, while Eric watches from above with his eye in the sky.

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This story originally appeared on Vocativ.

  • Susan Milbank

    I was thinking of all the openings this left for kidding him about a tough job, BUT when he starated talking about how much he appreciates life, nature, and the beauty of it all, I have to say, it’s great to see that in someone as young as he. The footage is gorgeous. When filming from a drone, is the pilot able to see what his camera is recording from his remote position?