Stunning photographs and a video show bikini-clad adventurer Alison Teal hot-surfing around an erupting volcano paddling just a few feet from flowing lava.
The 30-year-old explorer became the first person ever to complete such a task, riding her pink surfboard close to the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
Teal, known as the ‘female Indiana Jones’, travels around the world seeking out life-changing challenges, which she posts on her Instagram page.
Underwater photographer Perrin James snapped her extreme surf session after the volcano’s first eruption since 2011.
After her August 3 adventure Teal said: ‘This was a lifelong dream. It was humbling and breath-taking 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.’
The jet setter and her team had woken at sunrise that morning. They took a fishing boat five hours out to sea before finally arriving at the base by sunset.
Teal, who describes herself as ‘a female Indiana Jones with a cause, a camel, and a pink eco surfboard’, added she took a ‘deep breath’ and hopped off the boat.
A double rainbow then appeared over her head, which to the Hawaiians represents a pathway where the ‘ali’i’ or gods, travel down to earth.
She said: ‘Suddenly a scary scene transformed into the most majestic moment of my life.’
The avid adventurer, who believes in calling to the ancestors for protection, warned ‘don’t try this at home,’ as she took on the feat with a qualified support team.
Teal said: ‘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.
‘We consulted with the Elders and with their guidance, permission, and followed cultural protocol.
‘The molten lava would cook a human body in seconds, the fumes are lethal, and the ocean currents and waves are treacherous.’
And the bikini-clad explorer was full of admiration for the photographer Perrin who had to lug around a 35-pound camera.
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Source: dailymail.co.uk / FRANCIS SCOTT