According to Nicola Scaife, hot air ballooning is quite simple. Easy for her to say – she’s currently the women’s world champion in the sport. Unlike planes with their endless instruments and gigantic engines, in a balloon, it’s just the pilot and the elements.

While floating leisurely through the clouds is a passion of Scaife’s, the actual sport is an exercise in precision. It’s not a race to get somewhere first; you need to fly to an exact point in space, which requires looking at precise coordinates and altitude.

Scaife sees ballooning bring so much joy to people when they experience it for the first time. Sharing this experience is what she’s passionate about. Watching the video, you can see why.

This video is produced in partnership with Asahi Super Dry.