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Surfer rides tidal bore, drone captures everything

Melvin Perez has been surfing for 15 years, but the footage of him riding a tidal bore on Moncton’s Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick, Canada, gained global attention when viewers realized the entire video was shot by a drone camera.

Eric Goggin, who grew up in Salisbury, New Brunswick, and runs a graphic design business, claimed he’d seen plenty of videos shot by drone cameras of the river, but he’d never actually seen footage of a surfer riding the tidal bore.

In fact, in all his 42 years, he’d never witnessed the tidal bore, itself, up close.

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“I’ve lived in the little village of Salisbury here my whole life. I’m 42, and I’ve never witnessed the tidal bore,” Goggin admitted to CBC News.

On Dec. 11, Goggin and Perez headed out in hopes of capturing some unique footage with Goggin behind a drone and Perez on a surfboard.

Luck was on their side. In one fluid take, Goggin captured stunning footage of the Chocolate River, Perez with his surfboard walking the river’s length and finally of the surfer wading in to catch the wave created by the tidal bore.

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Footage captured of surfer riding the tidal bore on Moncton’s Petitcodiac River was shot by a drone camera.

“I said I just hope this comes together because we only had one shot and if he didn’t catch that wave then it was all for nothing,” Goggin said.

Fortunately, according to Perez, the water temperature wasn’t too chilly and the “winds were calm and the water was smooth.”

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Pleased with all the positive feedback, Goggin and his drone may provide us with more unique footage in the future.

“I would like to do it again and catch the moon,” he said.

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