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 flat they happen to have with them, unless they're so cool
they don't need any of those things. 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
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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.
Films — Live-Action
- In Look to Windward, lava rafting is an extreme sport that citizens of the Culture participate in on unfinished habitats.
- 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.
- The Eleventh Doctor, in the short video "Pond Life", manages to escape from a couple of squads of Sontarans this way.
- It's small, and in the background, enough to be considered an Easter Egg, but the card art for the Magic: The Gathering card Flame Wave has a man surfing the lava while others are being engulfed by it.
- 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 (as per Required Secondary Powers), 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.
- Link ShieldSurfs 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.
- Used in the Kung Fu Panda short Secrets of the Masters. Not necessarily surfing, but the three main characters do end up riding down a volcano on a large piece of rock.
- Lavan, the Lava Demon King, from My Little Pony And Friends does this. Justified, as...well, he's a Lava Demon.