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Monday, May 17, 2010

Volcano Surfing in Nicaragua

Downhill from Here


UD - Volcano Boarding


Volcano Boarding
through Tierra Tour
León, Nicaragua
official website


As your Icelandic friends can tell you, volcanoes are nothing to kid around with.

They're big, they're filled with molten rock, and, from time to time, they like to show off for the outside world.

But you've never let the threat of a little lava stand in the way of a good time.

Introducing Volcano Boarding, your chance to take a high-speed slide down the sandy slope of a Nicaraguan rumbler, running now.

Basically, this is your chance to find the same rush of speed you get in the Swiss Alps—only someone swapped those well-traversed snowy peaks for 1,600 feet of volcanic pebbles. A brave outfit called Tierra Tour will bus you to a peak known as Cerro Negro, hike with you to the top and outfit you with the necessary jumpsuit, pads and good wishes—and then you tear down the rough slope on a snowboard-style wooden plank. (You need something tougher than a regular board to stand up to this terrain.)

The last eruption was in 1999, disrupting boarding for a solid two days, and there could be another any day now. So you'll want to watch your back—or request a toboggan-style board that'll rocket you down at up to 40 miles an hour.

Which we're pretty sure is faster than lava.


Volcano Boarding, booking trips now, more info here