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.
Hot stuff! Adventurer Alison Teal hot-surfs around an erupting volcano paddling just a few feet from flowing lava
Life-changing: The 30-year-old explorer has become the first person ever to complete such a task at the Kilauea Volcano
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.
Dangerous task: Teal, known as the ‘female Indiana Jones’, travels around the world seeking out life-changing challenges
Stunning photographs: Underwater photographer Perrin James snaps her extreme surf session in Hawaii
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’
Godly: Teal said: ‘We consulted with the Elders and with their guidance, permission, and followed cultural protocol’
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.
A sign from above? A double rainbow appears over Teal’s head, which to the Hawaiians represents the gods’ pathway
‘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.
At home Teal lives in a reclusive Swiss Family Robinson-style home nearby on Kona Island in Hawaii.
She stays with her famous father David Blehert, a National Geographic photographer.
Alongside her daring adventures Teal also advocates for wildlife and the environment and runs her own online series on YouTube.
She said: ‘The sudden warming of the ocean seemed to support sea life and organisms I’ve never seen in Hawaiian waters.
‘There appeared to be small stinging golden Jelly-fish like creatures that my team of ocean experts and I have never experienced before.’
Treacherous: Teal said the molten lava would ‘cook a human body in seconds’ and the dangerous fumes were poisonous