Man proposes to his girlfriend while surfing but drops engagement ring in the ocean when the romantic stunt backfires

A MAN decided to propose to his girlfriend as they surfed the waves – but he dropped the ring in the sea after the romantic gesture backfired.

Christopher Garth, 38, got down on one knee – on a surfboard – to ask Lauren Oiye, 32, to marry him.

Lauren, from Hawaii, explained the pair met on the waves and had their first dates on the ocean.

Chris decided this would be the most romantic place to propose – but soon realised the ring box was empty.

Lauren shared a video of the watery proposal on social media, showing Chris surfing alongside her before popping the question.

The clip cuts out before he realised the ring was lost to the ocean, but Lauren said yes anyway.

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• •• First family photo ? • •• About a week ago we decided to rescue and foster to adopt this sweet boy from the @hawaiianhumane society. We named him Kevin. ??‍♀️ • •• Kevin is Heartworm positive so we agreed to foster him for two weeks with the intent to adopt after he gets the Heartworm treatment next week. (Basically like doggie chemo.) @this_garth and I are giving him the best life with us and are getting him as strong as we can for the treatment and the days that follow. We know it’s going to be a tough road ahead and the outcome may not be what we intend, but I am so GRATEFUL to this companion and new family member of ours for reminding me how much love I have to give and how much I am capable and worthy of receiving. • •• He’s the sweetest and so incredibly gentle! He was meant to be ours ❤️ • ••

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• •• First family photo ? • •• About a week ago we decided to rescue and foster to adopt this sweet boy from the @hawaiianhumane society. We named him Kevin. ??‍♀️ • •• Kevin is Heartworm positive so we agreed to foster him for two weeks with the intent to adopt after he gets the Heartworm treatment next week. (Basically like doggie chemo.) @this_garth and I are giving him the best life with us and are getting him as strong as we can for the treatment and the days that follow. We know it’s going to be a tough road ahead and the outcome may not be what we intend, but I am so GRATEFUL to this companion and new family member of ours for reminding me how much love I have to give and how much I am capable and worthy of receiving. • •• He’s the sweetest and so incredibly gentle! He was meant to be ours ❤️ • ••

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Gushing about the proposal on Instagram, she wrote: “This morning my best friend @this_garth and I went out for a surf.

“Little did I know he would be asking me to be his partner for life!”

She explained the significance of the waves for them, saying: “We caught a wave together at the surf break we met at and had many of our first dates.

“I turn back to make sure he was on the wave with me and he was on one knee with a ring box and screamed out ‘Lauren, I love you! Will you marry me?!’

“At first I thought it was a joke and then realized it clearly wasn’t.

“Christopher Garth, I love you and am so grateful the stars aligned and our ancestors that came before us so beautifully orchestrated this for us!

“Here’s to a lifetime of laughter and keeping things simple and authentic!

“I said YES.”

She later revealed Chris had asked her family for their blessing
for popping the question.

And while he may have lost the first ring, Lauren saw a silver lining in it.

She said: “When Chris realized the 'stand in ring' was lost to the ocean he was clearly bummed, but I had a moment of such clarity and told him that ‘The ring isn't lost to the ocean.

“The ring is simply our offering to the ocean for bringing us together and connecting us.

“The gift of the ring to the ocean is honoring your (Chris') Hawaiian ancestry and ancestors that surfed, fished, and cared for these waters.’"

Lauren said Chris ‘re-proposed’ a week later – on dry land.

She said: “As he knelt down again and placed the ring on my finger, he told me a story… the story of the ring…

• •• Ohhhh this place has been a source of so much happiness and growth. It always was and will be a special place for us. • •• These waters have called me home to her 8 years ago to embark on an adventure in healing, LOVE, and forever connections that I did not anticipate. So grateful for the water that connects us all and this place that is my home. • •• ? 11-10-19 ? • •• ? @lisaunderwater

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“Before he proposed (the first time) he asked for my parents blessing (my mother, father, and stepfather).

"After receiving everyone's blessing, he then got my family involved in finding a family heirloom to incorporate into the design of this ring that was so beautifully executed by designer @jasondowjewelry.

“The ring is beautiful, but the stories that are being passed down to me through this heirloom are stories that will be passed down to our future generations and our stories will live on through them.”

Meanwhile this woman's ring was roasted by people saying it looks like a penis.

Plus this couple's Target-themed wedding photos have been branded a "cringe fest" as the groom rode in a trolley and hid in a fridge.

And this bride was horrified after ordering a dog-themed wedding cake – only to receive a "dead porcupine" instead.

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