Created By: DarthZekrom on January 18, 2012 Last Edited By: Lucymae2 on January 8, 2013
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Lava Surfing

People surfing on lava.

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

This trope is when characters ride on lava. They usually surf on a floating rock that happens to be nearby or something they have with them, unless they're so cool they don't need any. If the heroes are in the Lethal Lava Land or stuck near Chekhov's Volcano, you can bet this is how they will escape. (Magma Men tend to do this a lot.) Sometimes, the object being used to surf will start to burn up or melt, making the surfer find another board.

See also Implausible Boarding Skills. Often takes place in front of a Climactic Volcano Backdrop. Subtrope of Convection Schmonvection. Sister trope to Ride the Lightning.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Pokémon Special has the finale of the Yellow Arc, where Yellow lava surfs during the final battle and creates a massive whirlpool of lava that engulfs Lance.

Film - Live Action

Literature

Toys
  • Several characters in BIONICLE participate in the sport of lava surfing with no adverse effects. Handwaved in that they're cyborgs, most of whom have some form of heat resistance.
    • Only Matoran of fire, who have a greater heat resistance, do it for sport. Other characters surf on lava only if needed to escape. It was also mentioned that Toa of fire could survive a few seconds in lava. No one thinks that it is stupid to surf for sport on a liquid that will kill you if you fall.

Video Games
  • Bayonetta surfs to escape lava in one cutscene, using a mook as a surfboard.
  • In Super Mario 64, you can use a Koopa shell to lava surf.
  • In Conker's Bad Fur Day, during the Ugga stage, Conker is knocked out and mugged by a group of cavemen thugs. When he wakes up, he has to chase them through a prehistoric world by surfing over lava on a hoverboard, and then knock them all into the lava with his frying pan to get his money back. Yeah, it's that kind of game.
  • In the video game of The Lion King, Simba surfs down a river of lava on a stalactite.
  • In Skyward Sword, Link can lava surf on sinking rock platforms, and even create platforms by dropping water into the lava.

Western Animation
  • Link Shield Surfs on a river of magical flame in one episode of the animated The Legend of Zelda.
  • In El Tigre, the Riveras and the bad guys escape a volcanic lair by lava surfing.
  • Subverted in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Swiss Family Phineas". The characters call it "pink lava", but it's really just sudsy water taken Up to Eleven. Perry rides it out on an ironing board.
  • Used in the Scooby-Doo movie Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, where the only means of Scooby and Shaggy passing through the fire gate is by means of surfing over molten lava.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • January 18, 2012
    Lyendith
    This is either covered by Convection Schmonvection or a subtrope... anyway:

    • In one cutscene, Bayonetta uses a mook as a surfboard to escape lava, no less.
  • January 18, 2012
    DarthZekrom
    I checked Convection Schmonvection, the lava tropes index, and the links therein, but the only mention of surfing was in the examples. (This maybe should be a subtrope, though.)
  • January 18, 2012
    Rainbow
    He's not human (more of a lava demon himself), but Lavan surfs on a "board" of rock in Quest of the Princess Ponies from My Little Pony.
  • January 18, 2012
    DarthZekrom
    Can you be a little more specific about where that goes and what Quest of the Princess Ponies is? I'm afraid I don't know.
  • January 18, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • There's a scene in El Tigre whereupon the Riveras and the bad guys are escaping a volcanic lair and they're all lava surfing.
  • January 18, 2012
    Stratadrake
    @Lyendith: I call Sub Trope due to the additional Rule Of Cool factor involved.

    See this post for a few image ideas. (It probably won't get any cooler than a lava-surfing snowman, of all things)
  • January 20, 2012
    troacctid
    Sounds Subtropey enough to me, I suppose.
  • January 20, 2012
    BOFH
    Literature
  • January 20, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Don Hachino (or Pachino... I don't remember) from a One Piece filler is able to do this. He even summons the wave himself, and calls it "Net Surfing"

    However I'm not sure he's even using something to ride.
  • January 20, 2012
    chicagomel
    The videogame of The Lion King has a level with Simba riding something through a river of lava. (I forget what).
  • January 23, 2012
    whizzerd
    In Conkers Bad Fur Day, during the Ugga stage, Conker is knocked out and mugged by a group of cavemen thugs. When he wakes up he has to chase them through a prehistoric world by surfing over lava on a hoverboard, and then knock them all into the lava with his frying pan to get his money back. Yeah, it's that kind of game.
  • January 23, 2012
    KZN02
    I don't think the Kopaka example is related to this trope.
  • January 23, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    You can use a Koopa's shell to surf on lava in Super Mario 64.
  • January 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • January 23, 2012
    hevendor717
    @ chicagomel

    I think that was the "Be Prepared" level, the eighth level in the game. And I think it was stalactites that fell from the ceiling into the lava you had to ride on.
  • January 23, 2012
    ginsengaddict2
    I think this is covered by Lava Is Boiling Kool Aid.
  • January 23, 2012
    chicagomel
    ^^ Yeah, hevendor, that was it.
  • January 24, 2012
    Chabal2
    Skyward Sword has a particularly bad case of this, since not only do you surf on rock platforms floating in the stuff (that sink after a while), you can even create them by dropping volleyball-sized drops of water into the lava.
  • January 24, 2012
    whizzerd
    @ginsen: Lava Is Boiling Kool Aid is when lava is nowhere near as dangerous in video games as it would be in Real Life. I could easily see this being a sub or sister trope of it.
  • January 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ No, that one's about videogame lava being functionally equivalent to burning water.
  • January 27, 2012
    Rognik
    • Subverted in Phineas And Ferb episode "Swiss Family Phineas". They call it "pink lava", but it's really just sudsy water taken Up To Eleven. Perry rides it out on an ironing board.

    I'm trying to think of a straight example, but I'm drawing a blank.
  • January 27, 2012
    Synchronicity
    The rock might not even be necessary if the surfer is a Magma Man.
  • March 3, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    This occurs in the How To Train Your Dragon novel How to Twist a Dragon's Tale when Hiccup is escaping from Big Bad Alvin the Treacherous by riding the lava of a volcano away from him.
  • March 5, 2012
    Cider
    I think the super trope, if it doesn't cover this, is Lava Is Boiling Kool Aid. I'm not sure how lava surfing would work, as it is not the same kind of liquid as water, it is more like soft pudding or gel.

    Edit, never mind. That's what the trope should be about. It has more than game examples.
  • March 5, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • Lava rafting is a common sport in The Culture, the death rate is pretty high but most people don't care as they have backups.
  • June 27, 2012
    Noah1
    This classic image of Tahu simply must be the page image. Or this one.
  • June 27, 2012
    electronshock
    In the first episode of the Dirty Pair OVA, Kei and Yuri go surfing on the currents on the surface of what's probably a star, though it looks like lava. And by surfing, it's literally surfing. On surfboards.
  • August 4, 2012
    Noah1
  • August 4, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^ Good, yes. Classic, not what that word means.

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