This is Alison Teal, a 30-year-old swimmer, surfer and adventurer. She just became the first woman to surf out to the base of a volcano. No big deal, right? Actually, it was kind of a big deal because the volcano was erupting. Yes, like lava was spewing out of it and she was surfing next to it.
Teal believes that in order to participate in the adventures she goes on, she needs to ask the ancestors for protection. "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," she said.
Teal runs her own YouTube channel, Alison's Adventures and calls herself the female Indiana Jones. She travels the world exploring ancient cultures to raise awareness for environmental and global issues.
During the eruption, the natural change of temperature in the water brought on new challenges. "There appeared to be small stinging golden Jelly-fish like creatures that my team of ocean experts and I have never experienced before. The sudden warming of the ocean seemed to support sea life and organisms I've never seen in Hawaiian waters," Teal explained.
"This was a lifelong dream. It was humbling and breathtaking and hot," she said of her trip to the volcano. Most of our lifelong dreams don't involve getting so close to molten lava that we run the risk of melting within seconds, but admittedly Teal's explosive excursion was pretty spectacular.
Along with venturing to erupting volcanoes and journeying throughout the world, Teal also appeared on the TV show Naked and Afraid, filmed in the Maldives. Recently, she returned there and made her own short video about the issue of plastic waste in the ocean.
Teal was also featured in O Magazine, where she was dubbed the Oprah of Adventure. "I’m honored to have earned a new title in this wild world: The 'Oprah of Adventure' — and I will not let my tribe down!" she said of her spread in the magazine.
Teal says that the experience surfing the volcano moved her to share with "children across the globe to stand as a fiery source of confidence against injustice, bullying, terrorism, gender inequality, religious warfare, and planetary pollution." You can watch video of her powerful surf session across volcanic waters.
Teal inspires on her Instagram account. She wrote, "What are you wanting to breakthrough in life? New love? New career? New passion? I've learned that how you do one thing in life is how you do everything! Observe your actions! For example do you dive fully into your everyday tasks or challenges in life or do you hesitate? When you finally reflect on your life and breakthrough those patterns you can paddle for the next wave of life with confidence and happiness." You go girl.