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Volcano Boarding

Boarding down some of the biggest volcanos at high speeds
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Eric Little

on 4 March 2011

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Surfers, dressed in protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets, can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h or 50 mph on their specially-constructed plywood boards. For thrill-seeking sports fanatics, boarding down a 2,380ft volcano at speeds of 50 mph is the coolest sport around Who invented Volcano Boarding Where is Volcano Boarding Performed? Sliding down a mountain on a snowboard is a completely different experience when the mountain is an active volcano! The new sport is drawing snowboarders and surfers to the foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain. Surfers, dressed in protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets, can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50mph) on their specially-constructed plywood boards. People report of high speeds, but also a very bumpy and noisy run, in which rocks, dust and ash flew everywhere. Controlling your speed is a challenge to say the least, and when using a technique for slowing down that was shown to her by an instructor, she ended up crashing out of control. The article credits Darryn Webb, an Australian tour guide working in Nicaragua, with coming up with the idea behind volcano boarding. Back in 2005, when he first set eyes on Cerro Negro, he immeditely began plotting a new way to go down its slopes. Webb says they tried a variety of different concepts when looking for their "sled", including boogie boards, mattresses, and even a minibar fridge He designed the board, going with their current design, which is little more than reinforced plywood with formica on the underside to increase speed. Boarders don a jumpsuit and goggle designed to protect them should they become separated from their rides, and begin the arduous 45 minute climb to the summit, carrying their board. For extreme sports junkies, hurling down the side of a mountain isn't nearly extreme enough of course, so the lure of an active volcano makes it all the more exciting. Cerro Negro is young, geologically speaking, and still very active. Since 1850, the volcano has erupted 20 times I suppose there are some who come to ride its slopes who have visions of outrunning lava flows as they go. So far, that hasn't happened, but then again, this is a new sport. Volcano Boarding Why did they create volcano boarding? This is an extreme sport for sport junkies! People wanted more excitement in sports. http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/travel/19headsup.html Safety Then there’s the danger of eruption. Cerro Negro is Central America’s youngest volcano, and is still active, erupting as recently as 1999. While the possibility of eruption is all part of the thrill for many visitors, tour operators work closely with the national park’s staff to stay updated on any tremors in the area. Sliding down a mountain on a snowboard is a completely different experience when the mountain is an active volcano! The new sport is drawing snowboarders and surfers to the foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain. The ride down is, as you would expect, unlike anything else. The writer reports of high speeds, but also a very bumpy and noisy run, in which rocks, dust and ash flew everywhere What is Volcano Boarding? Surfers, dressed in protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets, can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50mph) on their specially-constructed plywood boards. going with their current design, which is little more than reinforced plywood with formica on the underside to increase speed. Going with their current design, which is little more than reinforced plywood with formica on the underside to increase speed. Boarders don a jumpsuit and goggle designed to protect them should they become separated from their rides, and begin the arduous 45 minute climb to the summit, carrying their board. Its a fun, exciting, thrilling sport! The ride is as you would expect, unbelievable. Dust and rocks shooting in front of your face as you zoom down the volcano.
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