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Kelly Clark makes history with 1080 at Winter X Games
January 31, 2011
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
February 1, 2011

Volcano Boarding: A cool sport for adrenaline junkies

The Winter X Games have just wrapped and history was made.  But if you’re looking for some extreme action of your own, we came across an  adventure that sounds like the ride of a lifetime.  Imagine hiking to the top of a volcano and then cruising down the ash on a toboggan at speeds of up to 50 mph.

Where: The foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain (Spanish for Black Hill) is the best – and most common – spot for volcano boarding. Standing at 2382 feet, Cerro Negro is Central America’s youngest volcano. Located approximately 40 minutes from the colonial city of Ledin, it’s  one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, having last erupted in 1999 – the 20th time in its history. Visitors to Cerro Negro get an up-close view (and feel) of the steam it constantly emits. Add in Nicaraguan rural culture, amazing views, the thrill of walking in an active volcano and of course  high adrenaline and you get a picture of what volcano boarding at Cerro Negro is all about. Featured in the TV show Survivor Nicaragua, the new sport craze is going mainstream.

How: Boarders, dressed in protective orange jump suits, gloves, goggles, knee-pads and helmets, can reach speeds of up to (50mph) on their boards. Begin by hiking up the volcanic rock trail to the top of the volcano, then suit up, sit on the toboggan-like sled and hold on.  Pros can try surfing the volcano on specially-constructed boards while standing up.

Guides: Guide companies Bigfoot Nicaragua or Tierra Tour (tierratour.com) can help out.

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