Casey Neistat has his own way of doing things. That is especially true when it comes to getting around. When New York was socked in by a blizzard in January, Neistat hooked up a rope to the back of a Jeep and had it tow him around on his snowboard through the city streets. When he got upgraded to first class on a flight from Dubai, he reacted the way all of us might want to but few of us would follow through on, going full-on kid in a candy store. For his latest soon-to-be viral video, Neistat again strapped into his snowboard, but instead of being towed by a Jeep, a drone pulled him along.

As of right now, there is not a commercially-available drone powerful enough to lift a human being, so Neistat and his crew had to build one. The thing is absolutely massive. When it’s removed from the truck at the ski resort in Finland, the drone spans almost the entire width of the storage compartment.

In keeping with the season, Neistat dressed up in a Santa costume and outfitted the drone with lights prior to the maiden voyage. While Neistat isn’t exactly speeding, he seems duly impressed by the adventure, exclaiming “It’s a drone. It’s really a drone.” Neistat uses the drone to tow him along flat surfaces, which are the bane of any snowboarder’s existence, and even gets pulled up a slope while skiers race downhill in the opposite direction. But the most impressive stunt occurs when the drone moves vertically instead of horizontally, hoisting Neistat many feet above the ground.

As awesome as this, hopefully it doesn’t inspire a rash of copycats. Otherwise, there could be a lot more severed limbs at ski resorts this winter.


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada and Instagram at @justin_tejada.