Volcano surfing

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A boarder sliding down Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

Volcano surfing, also known as ash boarding or volcano boarding, is a sport performed on the slopes of Cerro Negro near Leon in western Nicaragua. Riders hike up the volcano and slide down, sitting or standing, on a thin plywood or metal board.[1]

Volcano surfing is an extreme sport with the danger of falling off and getting cut by the rough volcanic ash. Protective gear, including jumpsuits and goggles, is used. Cerro Negro is also an active volcano although the last eruption was in 1999.

According to the Sabotage Times, the sport was invented in 2005 by Darryn Webb, an Australian living in Nicaragua who was a keen snowboarder.[2]


  1. ^ Laura Siciliano-Rosen (April 19, 2009). "A Sport Erupts on a Live Volcano in Nicaragua". The New York Times. p. TR4. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ Nick Hughes (September 12, 2013). "Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua". Retrieved 2014-11-26.