Implausible Boarding Skills
Conventionally there's surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and sandboarding. Fiction expands the boarding to all sorts of media, and even with improvised boards.
See also Cool Board
, Shield Surf
, Body Sled
and Lava Surfing
. Sky Surfing
is much cooler than what it is in real life.
Anime and Manga
- The TV commercial for the Shaun White Skateboarding video game has Shaun White boarding down a skyscraper.
- Eureka Seven: The series is ALL about surfing, with the protagonists surf on Trapar, a mysterious energy spread in the air that comes and goes as it pleases. With enough trapar in the air, you can even surf inside your Humongous Mecha. It is eventually revealed that Trapar is the thought energy of the Coralian, a giant living (but sleeping) being that engulfed the planet.
- Pokémon Special has the finale of the Yellow Arc, where Yellow lavasurfs during the final battle and creates a massive whirlpool of lava that engulfs Lance.
- Code Geass has a Moment Of Awesome from the second season where Lelouch causes the plates that make up Tokyo to collapse, then uses a police mecha's riot shield to surf to safety. Among his feats, we get him grinding on the wires of another mecha's Grappling Hook Pistols, decapitating it as he jumps off.
- In Gintama, Gintoki and Hijikata end up using the Shogun and Kondo as makeshift snowboards after a mishap at a ski resort. They soon realize their boards have makeshift "brakes" that can be utilized by pulling on their underwear, but they end up breaking them before long. Later in the same arc, in a rare instance of Shinpachi not being the Only Sane Man, he willfully lets Otae use him as a snowboard, as well.
Film - Animation
- There's a bit in the Star Wars Expanded Universe where one of Luke's childhood friends, Fixer, is tired of Luke and Biggs beating him at racing and the various other sports, so he invents sandsurfing. Trouble is, the moment they pick up on the sport, Luke and Biggs start to surpass him, so he ramps it up. Eventually he tries to jump over the Sarlaac pit. And fails, meaning that his two friends have to save him from a truly horrible fate. After that, they agree that Fixer's the king of sandsurfing, but somehow it doesn't feel as good as he thought it would.
Film - Live Action
- Disney's Tarzan slides through moss-covered branches in a manner not unlike surfing. This "surfing" was a typical "Disneyfication" by the animator in imitation of his kid skateboarding.
- Tony Hawk himself mentions in his memoir, "Hawk - Occupation: Skateboarder", that he was personally contacted by Disney to be mo-capped pulling a few tricks, so they could get Tarzan's movement and balance juuust right.
- Robots: Bigweld surfs on a giant domino over a cascade of falling dominoes.
- Hoodwinked: Granny Puckett surfs down a sky bucket cable on a muffin pan. Awesome when you consider how chairlifts have a standard 4.8 meter rope gauge, which makes you question whether or not this is plausible in real life.
- Back to the Future
- Marty makes a skateboard out of a soap-box derby car.
- In Part II, he steals a little girl's pink hover-board. It's OK though, the little girl he stole it from ends up with a way more badass hover-board that belonged to the villain, so she tells Marty he can keep the pink one.
- Herbie is a car, but he surfs in the movie Herbie Rides Again and in Herbie: Fully Loaded grinds on a guardrail after watching Maggie do some skateboarding tricks.
- In the Mr. Magoo movie, there's a scene where a chase down a mountain combines with a ski event. The good guys and the bad are on skis and snowmobiles and—Mr. Magoo is on an ironing board? He rides it like a scooter and wins the competition.
- In xXx, Cage pulls off a boardslide on an enormous handrail using a stolen serving tray. He even manages to jump between handrails. And later he snowboards in front of an avalanche on a wave of CGI.
- During The Two Towers and the Battle for Helm's Deep, we get a short but memorable scene of Legolas using his elven agility to surf an uruk-hai's shield down a staircase, firing arrows until he reaches the bottom and sends the shield into one foe before stabbing another with a spare arrow. This was only surpassed in the third film when he slid down a dying műmak's trunk after single-handedly killing it and its riders.
- Prototype: the Body-Surf attack. Kick over (or up) an enemy (i.e. any living being) and use your momentum to ride their body down the street (or through the air, or other people). You know, just in case you didn't have enough sadistic ways to kill people already.
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: the opening movie has Deadpool surfing on Phoenix Wright's OBJECTION speech bubble trough an explosion.
- The Snowboard Kids games have the kids snowboarding in all kinds of places, in many of which there is no snow to be seen.
- Chosokabe Motochika from Sengoku Basara surfs using a frickin' rocket-powered anchor. ON DRY LAND OF ALL PLACES!
- In Dynasty Warriors 7, Sima Zhao is able to surf on people.
- One of the skills Dante can use in the third game... on a Mook!!! Nero also counts in a cutscene in the fourth game, and he actually revs them with his sword.
- In Mega Man X game, if you charge the ice weapon, it will turn into an ice platform, which you can ride on. This feature returns as Model L's ability in Mega Man ZX.
- In Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic rips off a piece of a G.U.N. helicopter and uses it to skydive down to the first stage, where he boards down a hilly street! He does it again in Sonic Generations.
- Dirk the Daring uses one of the playing cards as a surfboard while riding the wave on the ocean of tears and avoiding the Jabberwock and oncoming teapots in Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp.
- In Phantasy Star Online 2, a special skill Ride Slasher exists for weapons of the sword class is the ability to surf on a sword like rocket powered board with one of these weapons being a giant tuna allowing for some amusing fun.
- In Final Fantasy X, it's how they get from the Airship to Bavelle.
- Whateley Universe: Riptide, who is an aquakinetic, has a deviser hoverboard that runs on her own wave power, so she appears to be surfing across the sky on a little cloud. Thrasher is a skater boy who has PK powers and so his skateboard is a PK construct that can slide across anything, and go uphill.