Surfing without waves
With this new extreme form of surfing, you don’t need waves or even to be close to the sea. Welcome to a form of ‘waterproof adrenaline’.
Don’t give the volcano a reason to be angry!
Cerro Negro is an active volcano that to date has had 23 eruptions. The latest was in August 1999, with lava fountains up to 300 metres high. The chances that it will erupt again are slim, but they do exist.
Ashboarding, also called volcano surfing, allows you to slide down the slopes of volcanoes, sand dunes or mounds, standing on a board and reaching high speeds. It is gaining popularity all over the world because it allows you to practice an extreme sport whilst also admiring a unique landscape that is practically untouched. This image is what awaits you if you practice ashboarding on the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua, giving you the chance to descend the slopes of a real active volcano whilst on your board.
This is one of the reasons that attracts nearly three thousand tourists every month to the Nicaraguan volcano: there are few places in the world where you’ll find a layer of black ash and volcanic rocks quite like it. As well as being the youngest volcano in Central America, it’s also the most active in Nicaragua. It’s located 108 kilometres from Managua in Leon and although the idea of descending it may be very enticing, we must warn you of the dangers involved. Climbing here is not like climbing any other volcano in the world: the climb is steep and difficult for much of its 500-metre height, and on some stretches you’ll have to use your hands for support. However, when you get to the summit, you’ll realise that it was worth it: the views allow you to see the volcanic chain that crosses several regions of Nicaragua, with one volcano followed by another, such as the Telica and the San Cristobal volcanoes, while you feel the heat emanating from the crater below. Descending is a lot easier than climbing, but no less exciting. You can reach 50 kilometres per hour on your board, so some prior training is advisable. To guide you on your way, you can sign up for the Bigfoot Hostels tour, which includes transport to the volcano, safety equipment and even beer and cookies for the descent.
If you have done enough training and feel ready, you’ll have the chance to practise this priceless sport. Well, priceless in symbolic terms: at the entrance you have to pay a fee because you are in a protected area. So, prepare your board and…see you on the way down!