8 Strange Surfaces You Can Snowboard On (That Aren’t Snow)

Slag heaps, volcanoes and astroturf - it's all possible. Sort of.

You might have seen the likes of Terje Haakonsen shredding volcanoes in Kamchatka, or Shaun White giving it some in Japan. 

Hitting up a volcano in the summer, however, is a totally different experience – carving through black pow instead of white as you slide down a slope made of rock that literally exploded out of the earth.

Admittedly the top speeds aren’t great, and you’re never going to make a kicker out of the black stuff, but there is something undeniably epic about sliding down a slope as a volcano erupts behind you.

“The rocks are like bullets and they’re known to go right through people.”

Snowboarder Zoltan Istvan took a trip to Mount Yasur in the Pacific to do just that. And he glides in a remarkably chilled manner down the slope minutes after telling viewers that: “The volcano has two main vents – both of them shoot out lava bombs. The rocks are like bullets and they’re known to go right through people.”

Although it’s clear we won’t be breaking any landspeed records on volcanoes any time soon there are definitely mad props waiting for the first deranged rider to gap a volcano crater. After all, if snowboardkind has already conquered Chad’s gap anything’s possible right?

Maybe Halldor Helgason would be mental enough to give it a go? After all, he did gap this…


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