Normally when volcano erupts, people tend to run for their lives, but for this daredevil surfer, it’s a chance to ride the hot waves.
Alison Teal became the first person ever to surf the base of an erupting volcano with flowing lava – and she did it in a bikini.
The 30-year-old explorer surfs around the erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
No fear: Alison paddles just a few feet from flowing lava, wearing a hot pink bikini matching her board.
The fearless adventurer expressed: “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.”
She and her team got up at sunrise and went on a three hours driving, a five hours sea journey, just to get to the base by sunset.
Alison said of her experience: “As I took a deep breath and hopped off the boat, a double rainbow appeared directly over our heads – one end appearing to coming out of the lava and the other out of our boat. To the Hawaiians, the anuenue, or rainbow, represents the pathway where the ali’i, or gods, come down to bless the earth.”
“Suddenly a scary scene transformed into the most majestic moment of my life.”
According to her, the team paid utmost respect for the beliefs of native Hawaiians before proceeding on their trip. They ‘consulted with the Elders and with their guidance, permission, and followed cultural protocol.’
She added: “Pele, the goddess of the Volcano, is a highly respected and often feared force in Hawaii and very specific traditions must be followed to avoid certain death.”
“The molten lava would cook a human body in seconds, the fumes are lethal, and the ocean currents and waves are treacherous. I’m very thankful to have approached the situation with a qualified support team.”
Her extreme adventure was captured by underwater photographer Perrin James.
Alison extends her gratitude and said: “It was wild to watch Perrin fearlessly swim in the raging ocean with a 35-pound camera, avoiding molten lava flow while getting close to the action gave me much gratitude to him, the Elders, and Pele for allowing this adventure.”
The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since 1983, but the lava flow poses no threat at present to nearby communities on the island. It is also part of the Hawaii Volcano National Park.
Watch her surf the dangerous hot waves:
Teal was the daughter of famous National Geographic photographer, David Blehert. No wonder where she inherited her adventurous traits. Alongside her daring adventures, she also advocates for wildlife and the environment. Alison has been nicknamed the female Indiana Jones by Time magazine for her own online series Alison’s Adventures.
H/T: Modica News, Perrin James