- 10 August 2012 | Surfing
Volcano surfing or ashboarding is the newest form of defying gravity in western Nicaragua.
Add surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and lava and you'll discover the pleasures of volcano surfing. The spectacular feeling of getting away from the still-warm ashes of Cerro Negro is what is literally considered an extreme sport.
The strange outdoor activity has been explored in the first years of the 21st century. It takes a steep 45-minute climb up the mountain to prepare yourself for the hot ride.
Before speeding up down the volcano, you must protect yourself. Get a strong metal board, protective gear for your knees, professional goggles and no fear in your mind.
The youngest volcano of Central America promises a great adrenaline experience for surfers, snowboarders and skateboarders. You'll easily hit 60 km/h if you're an advanced rider.
While descending down the ashes of the volcano, you'll feel warm and stoked for being one of the first riders to complete the challenge down the hill. Fortunately, there aren't many obstacles, so you should expect a free ride.
Sliding down the hill when the Cerro Negro volcano is active may not be a good idea. Ask the local riders how and when it's good to go. Nicaragua waits for all volcano surfers.
Watch how ashboarders take on the rupture of the Cordillera de los Maribios, in Nicaragua, here.