A BREAK from a music festival in New Zealand led Kiwi tradie Matthew Mathie to capture drone footage of punters body surfing down a rockslide. A month later, that chance footage has now been viewed almost 30 million times.
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Mathie, who was working at Rhythm and Vines Festival in Gisborne, looked up local tourist spots and took his Phantom 3 drone down to film “drunken teenagers and randoms” cooling off from the festival.
“We thought we’d go out during the day and see what we can find and saw Rere Rockslide was quite a hit so we went down there and took the drone and filmed some sick shots,” Mathie said.
“There was 100 to 150 people going down the rockslide.
“It’s a big popular destination spot now. Going back about five years ago I don’t think it was very popular but because of the social media thing it’s grown rapidly.”
Mathie sent the footage to popular Facebook page UNILAD which posted the footage, quickly gathering 29 million views and 411,000 shares.