Extreme Sport #543: LAVA SLEDDING

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin had an article today about a guy who is trying to revive he’e holua, otherwise known as the Hawaiian sport of lava sledding. Yes, lava sledding. Now, obviously, it’s not on hot, molten lava. No, that would be dangerous. Instead he’s sledding on solid rock. *cough*

Has anyone ever seen lava rock? I assume he means the pahoehoe type of lava because anything else would be insane. Even though pahoehoe is the “smooth” lava, it still looks like a pain sundae topped off with a broken jaw. The lava sledding advocate, Tom “Pohaku” Stone, is trying to start a he’e holua tournament. Apparently, the biggest difficulty is finding someone to insure the event. That shouldn’t be a problem; I mean after all, Tom’s only broken his neck sledding.

Ahh, I can’t really get down on the idea though, because honestly, I would watch the event. It’s no more crazy than free diving, and gauranteed to be cooler to watch. Bottom line – you have to give some respect to any sport that will be judged on “style, length of ride, and survival ability.” Way to go, Tom!

1 Comment so far

  1. the wife (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 7:41 pm

    well actually they got that bit about the broken neck a little wrong – he did that surfing. But still you know …..

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