Shield Surf
Shields were made to be surfed on!

"Snowboarding works much better with snow."

The use of a shield, or something in a similar shape and/or size, as a board or sled to traverse through a particular environment.

Being carried on a shield is a different trope entirely.

Compare Body Sled.


Anime & Manga
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch uses a riot shield as a sled in a landslide. In a mecha, of course. He also uses it early in R2, surfing on slash haken wires and decapitating a Britannian Knightmare in the process.
    • This scene was so iconic that when Bandai made an action figure of Zero's Burai, it came with the riot shield.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Chibodee's Maxter Gundam has a shield (that he never uses) that acts as his hovercraft.

Comic Books

Fan Works

  • In Mulan, Mushu does this during an avalanche.
    • In Mask of Light, Takua and Jaller use Kopaka's Ice Shield to escape from Rahkshi in Ko-Wahi.
    • In The Legend Reborn, Mata Nui uses his Scarabax Shield to surf down a canyon.
  • Legolas does this down some stone stairs during the battle for Helm's Deep in the second The Lord of the Rings movie, shooting mooks as he goes. Orlando Bloom commented that Tolkien was probably rolling in his grave at that scene. He does it again in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but with an Orc body instead of a shield.
  • Xander in xXx uses a serving tray like a skateboard to grind a handrail down some stairs.
  • Our hero and heroine escape from the bus in Speed by riding a small section of the metal floor of the bus.
  • Granddad, the 6th Earl, in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, reminisces about surfing on a silver tray down the stairs in his castle when he was a wee lad. Grown a bit senile, he attempts it once again during a party, unaware that at his advanced age it becomes a Tragic Mistake.

  • In Allen Steele's novel Orbital Decay, a construction worker putting together a space station manages to ride a huge curved piece of a re-entry shield (well, that and a parachute) back to Earth after the space station he had been constructing broke up in orbit.
  • Also happens in Artemis Fowl: Demons are seen using a big hide shield as a makeshift sled down a rocky slope.
  • Done in Terry Pratchett's Jingo, making a Chekhov's Gun of the phrase "Come back with your shield, or on it", when Carrot is getting back to the boat that will take all the guards to Ankh-Morpork.
  • Alex Rider: In Point Blanc, Alex escapes from the school by snowboarding down the mountain on a cut-down ironing board.

Real Life

Video Games


Western Animation
  • Jonny Quest episode "Monster in the Monastery". Jonny and Hadji uses a large shield-like gong to slide down a hill and escape the villains.
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver. Gulliver uses a surfboard-shaped stone to toboggan to safety.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
    • Jackie pulls this off in the cold open of the first episode, establishing his Adventurer Archaeologist cred and ability to improvise.
    • During "The Lotus Temple", Jade and Jackie have to rescue Xu Lin, the girl cursed to be the temple's guardian. A barrier prevents her from leaving, but Jackie notices a suit of armor that can leave the temple (he knows this because the villain of the episode animated it to attack him). It's too heavy for her to walk in, so they put her on a shield and push her out.
  • Link shield surfs a river of magical flame in one episode of the animated The Legend of Zelda.
    • And also surfs off of an explosion of his own bomb, in a move which (probably didn't) inspire glitch hunters down the line.
  • Captain America shield-snowboards while fighting ice monsters in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
  • The Secret Saturdays: In "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit", Drew cuts a shield-shaped slab of wood from a tree and uses it as a makeshift snowboard. Doyle uses his jetpack for the same purpose.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "An Old Friend", the Bounty Hunter Embo uses his metallic disc-like hat (which he's used for other purposes in the past) as a makeshift snowboard to pursue Senator Rush Clovis down a mountain.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Campfire Tales", when Flash Magnus is acting as live bait to distract a pair of dragons who kidnapped his fellow soldiers, he briefly stands on his fireproof shield and uses it to surf across the flames one of the dragons is spewing.