A group of thrill-seekers have developed a ‘hot’ new adrenaline sport called ‘volcano boarding’, in which participants race at speeds of up to 50mph down the side of an active volcano.
Dressed in protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets, the boarders visited the foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain, and climbed 726 metres (2,382ft) to travel down on specially-constructed plywood boards.
Cerro Negro is Central America’s youngest volcano and appeared in April 1850.
It has been one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, last erupting in 1999 – the 20th time in its history.
Yet despite its unstable reputation, Phillip Southan, owner of Bigfoot Hostel and Green Pathways Tours, which developed the sport, said all safety precautions are taken.
“The volcano is very active,” he said. “But the biggest risk is the risk is getting some scratches if you fall off.
“What we offer is a tour for everyone with absolutely no experience necessary. One of the greatest attractions of the tour is that you get a bit of everything.
“Nicaraguan rural culture, hiking, amazing views, walking in an active volcano and then of course the high adrenaline boarding down the volcano.”
Despite only starting the tour four years ago, volcano boarding has attracted over 10,000 participants.