Friday, May 1, 2009

Hang Ten On An Active Volcano

LEON, Nicaragua (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For guests at one Nicaraguan hostel, fun erupts while hanging ten on an active volcano.

Visitors to the Bigfoot Hostel in Leon, Nicaragua, have the opportunity to take part in something called “Volcano Boarding,” a sport created by the hostel’s founder.

Guests are taken atop Nicaragua’s most active volcano and then ride down the rocky 41-degree slope at speeds of up to 55 mph on specially made boards.

Manager Gemma Cope describes it as “pretty intense,” and explains, “We show everyone how to ride to go slow or fast. You’re in control but not at the same time because you really haul ass. It’s a big adrenaline rush.”

Volcano boarders are given protective suits and goggles to avoid burns and injuries, but many still get a serious case of blackface from the volcanic soot and rocks.

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