If there was a constant stream of lava flowing into the oceans right in front of you, would you grab your board and head out to see how close you could get or would you just leave?
Most sane people would probably stick around to watch for a minute or two, but there’s a much shorter list of people that could actually do it without getting injured, or burned, or boiled alive. You’re about to meet Alison Teal, a 30-year-old woman who – with her crew – left to attempt to catch some waves around the Kilauea Volcano before sunset, something no one else has ever done before! The craziest part is that she didn’t go in with some new suit or anything like that to protect herself, she just brought her board and her bikini.
Naturally you’d want a couple expert opinions first before deciding to follow suit; even in Teal has stated it was probably one of the most terrifying trips she’d ever made before, but that it was also one of the most exhilarating. Just one wrong move and the water could end up pulling you directly into a dripping mass of molten rock.
According to Teal:
“This was a lifelong dream. It was humbling and breathtaking and hot. I was hoping to catch a wave, however, when I got in close I was hit by a spatter of hardening rock spray and I quickly ducked under water.
I looked back and noticed a wave was coming and I paddled for my life to get out of the danger zone. Afterwards I was exhilarated and exhausted at the same time. It was absolute endorphin high, but also terrifying. Anything could have happened.”