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‘Droneboarding’ takes off in Latvia

RIGA, Latvia: Skirted on all sides by snow-clad pine forests, Latvia's remote Lake Ninieris would be the perfect picture of winter tranquility -- were it not for the huge drone buzzing like a swarm of angry bees as it zooms above the solid ice surface. The powerful three-metre-long (nine-foot) drone, sporting 16 spinning propellers, is fitted with long tow ropes with handles, the kind used in water-skiing. Two snowboarders gripping them glide across the ice, pulled along by the drone before performing a series of…