Surfers took on the Severn Bore in Epney on Thursday as the sun came out and lockdown restrictions began to ease.

Around 15 wet-suited men and women attempted to ride the wave, with 10 of them managing to catch it.

Filming 1,500 ft away near the Anchor Inn was Robbie Noke, who runs a drone videography business in Quedgeley.

“It was good timing because it was nice weather, it was a lovely morning for it and lockdown is easing slightly,” said Mr Noke, owner of Droneace Aerial Services.

“People seemed relieved to get outdoors, enjoy the sun and engage with everyone whilst social distancing.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how many people were out and about, and they all looked local because they all knew the best spots for viewing.”

He said around 50 onlookers gathered safely to watch the surfers, which were whittled down to two by the time Mr Noke stopped filming.

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Mr Noke flew drones as a hobby for seven years before he started filming professionally at the beginning of 2020.

He captures weddings, natural phenomena and films for commercial use, gaining more than 2 million views on his last video of the Severn Bore in September which was featured on the BBC.

“I just love ariel photography because it’s a different perspective of whatever your taking video of.”

“When I was a kid I used remote control cars a lot and I suppose it has just progressed from there.”

The Severn Bore is a large surge wave which occurs in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the second highest in the world – as much as 50 feet.

The size of the wave is a result of the Severn estuary’s increasingly narrow shape: at Avonmouth it is approximately five miles wide, reducing to one mile between Lydney and Sharpness, then becoming a few hundred yards before reaching less than 100 yards at Minsterworth through to Gloucester.