Alison Teal is no stranger to extreme adventures. The survivalist and filmmaker’s latest stunt landed her in hot water. Literally.
Teal paddled on her signature pink surfboard last week to the base of a sea cliff ― where 2,000-degree lava from Kilauea volcano is flowing into the ocean on the southeastern coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island.
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Described as the ‘Female Indiana Jones’, Ms Teal was photographed riding the waves on her pink surfboard inches away from the exploding Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Underwater photographer Perrin James has taken some stunning shots and a video of Ms Teal’s ‘humbling and breathtaking’ experience.
The conditions were extremely dangerous, but Teal and her crew are experienced with Hawaiian waters, Kilauea volcano and its lava.
Teal got permission from local Hawaiian families to swim up to the lava (from a safe distance, of course) and pay her respects to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.
A double rainbow formed over the boat and the lava as her parents (both veteran photojournalists for National Geographic) watched from the cliffs above.
Teal, a filmmaker who focuses on survival strategies and environmental issues, grew up in front of a lava field in Hawaii.
She knew that trying to surf the waters near molten lava would be a matter of life and death. But nothing stopped her from achieving the adventurous feat.