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“Fantastic!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of SkySurfer Balloon Co.

SkySurfer Balloon Co.
Ranked #3 of 8 Tours in Del Mar
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Owner description: A Hot Air Balloon Company doing sunrise trips in Temecula and sunset trips in Del Mar
Clearwater, Florida
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218 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had a beyond awesome first time hot air balloon experience! Our pilot Tim was great and very knowledgeable about ballooning. The basket has little foot holes in the side to act as a ladder, which was good. For some reason, the procedure for getting into the basket never crossed my mind! The initial ascent was a little unnerving, but once we were at our cruising altitude of about 3000 feet, it wasn’t as scary. The views were phenomenal and extremely beautiful. We were in the air for about 90 minutes, through sunset (time in the air depends very much on the wind). For not having any way to steer the balloon, we landed on a dime (very gently, I might add) at the end of our tour. It was an incredibly impressive experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

*I would recommend bringing a hat to shield the top of your head from the heat. The "hot air" part of the balloon is very, very warm and right above your head.
*Also make sure you stop for a bathroom before you leave. The total tour (from set up to tear down) can be about 3 hours!

Visited July 2013
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San Diego
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85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful anniversary experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We just went on the Del Mar sunset flight and used a groupon.. We had to rebook this flight three times as the company informed us they look for near perfect weather conditions before going up.We thought this is a good sign! You are requested to provide your weight as this indicates how many individuals can go in the "basket" that day.They request you call the office for a weather update the day of your flight, about 3-4 hours before the scheduled flight time which varies throughout the year for sunrise and sunset flights. Then they give you a meeting spot in a convenient and well marked location where you leave your vehicle, they check you in and bring you to the take off location.Prior to leaving for the flight location, they direct you to a bathroom and the surface crew go over details in advance and you meet the pilot.We then met other flight companions and off we went in a clean ,comfortable van with balloon and passenger basket in tow.
You arrive at a pretty open and desolate location where a test helium balloon is released to watch for wind conditions. The balloon is filled by the land crew while the pilot goes over safety issues.He explains how you have to climb in and out of the basket and offered to lay the basket down if you feel you are unable to climb in. The basket had foot steps to get over the appox'ly 4 foot high climb. They offered water and soda throughout the time. The champagne was saved for the flight. A sign was hung on the basket for those celebrating birthdays or anniversary occasions with plenty of photo opps..
Off we went with other balloons over the Del Mar Fairbanks ranch area overlooking gorgeous mansions and private lush green golf courses.Our pilot pointed out several sites along the way.The sun sets behind us as we made our way north. You are in the air about 50 minutes.Total time from start to finish as you have to wait for the ground crew to collect the now deflated balloon was about 3 hours as you land in a different location from the start point but not far from your dropped off car location..It was peaceful and mostly quiet. The only negative was it was a warm day and the heat from the burners( you have to heat the air in the massive balloon to get loft) was intense, thus encouraged to drink a lot of water offered throughout the flight.Our pilot told us stories on the history of balloning while the crew collected and loaded the equipment
Having been our first flight, we found the crew efficient, thorough,accomodating and I would go again in a heart beat!

Visited July 2013
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NJ
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35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“A great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

So we were coming to the San Diego area for a short vacation for my boyfriend's birthday and asked him what he would want to do while we were there. He saw some videos on youtube and picked this. After some research we picked this company. We did the Del Mar Sunset ride.

Along with my boyfriend and I, we were almost at full capacity in their largest basket (could hold up to 16 people + the pilot) at 14 people + the pilot. The group that went on with us were nice and everyone enjoyed the pretty relaxing trip. The only shaky parts were of course take off and landing.
It was much hotter than I thought it would be (due to the "hot air" part of the ballooning experience) so I'm glad I left my cardigan in the van we came in.
Other than that it felt like "nothing" and it was a surreal experience to be that high and see everything below us.
They give complementary champagne, soda, or water while up there and if you brought wine, they'll serve that to you also.

Had a lot of fun and my boyfriend was very happy with his birthday experience.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Beautiful peaceful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Had a wonderful time in the air with SkySurfer! We were in the air for about 1 hour and 20 minutes and got to see the sun set while we were in the air! The crew was very professional and fun! Definitely a great activity to do with your friends or to bring out-of-town visitors to!

Whole thing takes about 4 hours (from meeting to driving to launch point to set up to take off... and then being picked up and driven back after landing)!

They also offer complimentary champagne after landing!

Visited August 2012
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Stockbridge
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“SkySurfer Balloon ride -AMAZING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

We went on a sunset hot air balloon ride in Del Mar on August 21st. The ride was amazing, and the time during the setup and take down of the balloon was also a lot of fun. The only negative part of the trip was waiting to determine if the conditions were safe for them to launch the balloon (I know they have to be confident of safe conditions, so this wasn't surprising, it just took a little long). Our pilot's was name Tim and he did a great job of making sure we knew what to expect during take off and landing, and he made sure we had an enjoyable trip. He pointed out things of interest and answered any questions, but he never tried to dominate the trip with his conversation -he truely seemed to understand that at times silence was best. Overall, i can't express just how wonderful this expreienc was, and i highly recommend SkySurfer Balloon Co.!

Visited August 2012
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