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On February 28, 2017, professional surfer Pedro “Scooby” Vianna wiped out riding a 70-foot wave in Portugal, and his epic rescue was all captured on a custom drone. The drone footage gained media attention from the likes of Red Bull Production, Motherboard and National Geographic. It has amassed over 20 million views when it first released, and now the big wave surf rescue has turned into a short documentary film called The Big Ugly. The drone footage was filmed by Máquina Voadora Produções, and it just won a News and Documentary Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Drone Film Festival. Here is The Big Ugly featured on their YouTube channel:

It all started during a winter surf session in Praia do Norte, Portugal. Accompanied with a rescue crew on jet skis, Vianna surfed in a region that is notorious for having waves as tall as 100 feet. Once he finally caught a wave, Vianna surfed at an estimated 45 mph before the whitewater caused him to lose control. Another surfer on a jet ski immediately pulled up and Vianna held onto the rescue board attached behind the watercraft. Right when they were heading back to dry land, another wave came barreling down, and it sent them speeding and once again losing control. The jet ski capsized, and the waves tossed both rescuer and surfer. Another rescuer with a jet ski pulled Vianna close to shore and went back for the other rescue team member. Everyone made it out alive, and even the lost jet ski was found back on shore.

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