Saturday, April 06, 2013

Hot Stuff

I've always wanted to kayak with icebergs, but three kayakers (in a story I first spotted at Paddling Headquarters) went to the opposite extreme. A few weeks ago, Pedro Oliva, Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic went paddling with lava, kayaking along a shore in Hawaii where the lava from the Kilauea volcano flows into the sea.
Stookesberry said, "This was a bit of a side journey.We were on a big kayak expedition exploring the rivers and waterfalls of Hawaii, but there had been no rain and the rivers were empty. So to keep ourselves occupied we took our kayaks out to see the lava flows. We didn't have any intentions of getting as close as we did to the lava. But Pedro being Pedro, wanted to explore a little closer. Once Pedro realised he wasn't going to instantly melt away, he got out and started walking on the cooled lava. He dipped his oar into some lava and it literally exploded right there."
I guess Werner Paddles will have to add "dip in lava" to their quality control tests.
Check out the video below:

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