Lava Kayaking Near Hawaii Volcano Captured in Stunning Footage [Video]

A trio of extreme kayakers took to scorching heights when they paddled in a red-hot lava “river” near an erupting volcano.

This incredible video shows professional kayakers Pedro Oliva, Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry who during their expedition in Hawaii came across the  Kilauea volcano, which is one of the most active in the world.

The kayakers paddled within feet of the boiling lava flows that streamed down from the fiery volcano into the waters below, before taking to the expanding lava coastline on foot.

“The goal of our expedition was to find rivers and waterfalls in Hawaii and the possibility of finding a river of lava was so enticing,” Oliva, who is from Brazil, said in the video.

“The feeling of arriving [at Kilauea] in the very first light of the day and seeing the lava flowing into the ocean was really unforgettable,” he added.

The three extremists had arrived in Hawaii hoping to film the latest segment of the Brazilian TV show, “Kaiak.”  During the trip last month they explored four islands – Big Island (Hawaii), Maui, Kauai, and Oahu – scouting over 300 waterfalls and rivers.

As The Huffington Post reports, featuring amazing footage of Oliva, Korbulic and Stookesberry exploring the most extreme kayaking destinations in the world, the TV program shows the adventurers in locations all over the planet, including Norway, Greenland and Brazil.

Oliva paddled within feet of the  bubbling liquid from Kilauea volcano, but it seems like he wanted to have extra dose of adrenalin as he decided to get out and explore the expanding coastline – on foot.

“He even tested the searing heat of the 700C to 1,100C molten lava by dipping his oar in it – before it promptly caught fire,” writes AOL.
Wearing white sunglasses to protect the eyes, Pedro walked down on recently cooled flows, which rapidly expand the island’s size.

Californian Ben, who was stood in a boat out to shore, told reporters: “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,” he added. “But Pedro being Pedro, wanted to explore a little closer.”

Ben, a professional kayaker himself, went on: “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.”

The trio, who spent a whole day exploring the lava flows, which cascaded down from a 200ft cliff, braved red-hot water temperature tipping 50C degrees.

Ben said: “One of the biggest dangers was the toxic steam produced when the lava comes into contact with the water. You could hear the sound of the lava hissing as it hit the ocean. It was out of this world. The actual ocean itself would burn your hand if you put it in there.”

However, the extremists warned in the video that kayaking antics are often extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by non-professionals.

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