Lava Surfer In Hawaii Risks Life For Ultimate Thrill Ride (PICTURES)

07/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

One wrong move here and it really is wipeout...

This amazing shot shows pro surfer CJ Kanuha risking his life as he edges to within 20 feet of a lava flow.

Paddling through the boiling waters at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, he was snapped by his photographer pal Kirk Lee Aeder from a helicopter after the pair decided it would make too good a picture not to risk it.

CJ, 24, said: "The water is well over 200 degrees in some spots and melted the wax on the surfboard. It was an amazing feeling to get so close to the power of the lava."

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Check out these amazing photos of the event (from the New York Post):

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