“The motto for today is have fun, and don’t die.“ Apparently this is the motto every day for those who speed down the side of an active volcano. Wait. What?
Volcano surfing, ash boarding, volcano boarding or simply pure insanity; call this new sport what you will but take a good look into it because this is the new way to surf. So far the only place for surfing is Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro: ash boarding’s birth place. It was in 2005 when Australia’s Darryn Webb visited Nicaragua and, as a seasoned sand-boarder, realized the potential thrill a volcano’s slope could offer, that this new sport was born. Webb explored several different options for a sled-surface including boogie boards and mattresses; he finally decided on plywood with metal and formica support.
It doesn’t take long to crash at the bottom of Cerro Negro, but it’s a forty-five minute trek to the top, lugging your sled, goggles and jumpsuit. The volcano on which they slide down is a relatively new specimen; born in April 1850 the Cerro Negro has spewed about twenty times since; the last time being in 1999. To some the thought of racing an active volcano might be a bonus motivator in coming to grind ash; to others it could be the red flag which signals certain death and a warning to avoid at all costs. This most certainly isn’t a sport for the faint of heart or those with survival instincts intact.
The journey down the 2,400 foot high volcano lasts only about a minute or so, depending on your speed. Those who brave the ferocious incline can go up to 50 mph and arrive at the bottom black-faced and grinning. The record speed is held by a girl from Israel who maxed 87 km per hour, which translates to roughly 54 mph. For those daredevils, who coasting down at a slant of 41 degrees while sitting isn’t enough, there are standing boards offered. For awesome pictures of this developing sport scroll down. You can find more great and interesting photos back at Newscom.
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