Over the years I’ve been dropped in on by kids, girls, SUP’s, Bodyboarders and Surfers but in all my days I have never been dropped in on by a hot air balloon! That is exactly what happened to a group of surprised Surfers and Paddleboarders at Cardiff-by-the-sea in California, when a hot air balloon came bumbling through the pack last week and dipped in and out of the waves along the beach.
The balloon was actually out on a romantic evening flight and one of the passengers had just proposed to his fiancee against the backdrop of the setting sun, when things took a turn for the worst. We are not sure why, but the balloon was spotted very close to the sea and seemed unable to regain any extra height. The whole unfortunate episode was captured by onlookers and you will find the clip below.
After dipping the basket into the Surf a few times one occupant can be seen jumping from the balloon, we assume to lighten the load and at times you can see the seawater draining from the balloon basket. At one point it appeared that one Paddleboarder was hitching a ride using balloon power! Eventually the balloon finally came down a way up the beach and as far as we know, other than a bit of hurt pride, everybody was fine after the incident. It is certainly a marriage proposal that will never be forgotten!