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Surfer Dude
SHHHH-YAH!

Duuuude! This guy is, like, Totally Radical! He's a lot like The Stoner, but, like, mostly without the drugs, Man. 'Cause drugs are like, total bogus, dude! Most of them don't actually surf, although some may own a surfboard for the sake of validity. But they're still most totally gnarly, bros. And they're most excellent in Surfer Speak. They all tend to like, live in California, because California is, like, most excellent and all that. If not California dude, expect to be, like, Hawaii, Australia, or any cool place with a cool beach, with all the sun and the sand dude, and totally surfable waves with a lot'o rip. Plus, there are way many hot babes there, dude! Most triumphant!

You comparin' that to Valley Girl, my man? And remember, Like Is, Like, a Comma.


Examples, dudes and dudettes!

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  • Surfing culture is an important part of the American manga Goofyfoot Gurl.
  • One of the villains in Madame Mirage is the aptly-named Dude, a airheaded surfer and bodybuilder from Malibu
  • Impact of Cyberforce was a carefree surfer until the accident that killed his father horribly maimed him. He still has long, unruly hair, though.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • The Amanda Show: Totally Kyle, dudes!
  • Colorful character Roy G. Biv in Beakman's World.
  • Lucky London from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. His transformation phrase was even "Surf's up!"
  • Michael Westen from Burn Notice pretends to be one of these for a bit in an episode in season one. He notably rolls his eyes when he stops with the "Duuuuuuuude!"
  • Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars. And what a name for a Surfer Dude, dude.
  • Spinelli from General Hospital starts off as this. His surfer slang turns to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness over the course of the few years he's been on through transformation into The Woobie.
  • Zoe from Knight Rider 2008, while being a Cunning Linguist and Asian and Nerdy, speaks like a surfer (awesome is her favorite word) so it is no surprise when she turns out to be an actual surfer chick, which allows her to get some field experience in 'Knight of the Iguana'.
  • Wilder from The Latest Buzz is more of a skateboarder, but his speech is, like, totally Surfer Dude.
  • One episode of Seinfeld has Elaine dating a guy named Tony. He is not a surfer, but he has a surfer-like attitude, and he likes dangerous activities. George admires him, but Jerry is not impressed.
  • Deconstructed in Angry Boys. The Mucca Mad Boys are a violent gang and the entire town hates them.
  • Bucket and Skinner of Bucket And Skinners Epic Adventures
  • Bayside High School in Saved by the Bell seems to be largely populated by surfer dudes and dudettes. The show was set in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, so this is probably Truth in Television for any high school or college located in that particular area of Los Angeles county in Real Life. Bayside High School and the surrounding areas like the movie theater or the mall are just chock full of this subculture, as Surfer Dudes wander around the halls of Bayside so that they can comment that whatever Zack and his friends are up to is "radical!" and "awwwesome." Played for Laughs of course. Naturally, the episodes that take place at the Malibu Sands beach resort have the gang interacting with a veritable army of surfer dudes and dudettes (much to Stacy Carosi's initial chagrin).
  • A young James Caan played one in the Kraft Suspense Theatre episode "The Hunt".
  • Emerald Cove, the teen soap that was a Show Within a Show on the 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club, featured a character named "Wipeout", who was an avid surfer and is actually Smarter Than You Look, but didn't like people to know that side of him.

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  • The Beach Boys popularised surfing and its style in their early days, and are still commonly associated with the sport. However, Dennis Wilson and Bruce Johnston were the only ones of the band who surfed in real life.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Rob Van Dam sometimes talked like this in WWE. In TNA he began to act much differently, although sometimes he still acknowledges that the Surfer Dude is part of his personality. He is also The Stoner.
  • The perpetually depressed Raven regards his time as surfer dude Scotty Flamingo with shame and will degenerate into madness if the crowd chants Scotty, Flamingo or anything surfer related at him.
  • Puerto Rican Gangster Grizzled Youth by contrast has laughed at his time as a jobber surfer dude and has poked fun at the "Dreadlocked Demolition Man" Tyler Reks for his own period as a jobber surfer dude in WWECW.

    Videogames 
  • Funky Kong from the Donkey Kong games, but not the cartoon, where they gave him a Rasta Mon voice that was somehow even sillier.
  • Ivan Rodriguez in Snatcher was an air surfer, dude. Subverted when it turned out he actually did have the drugs, also, dude.
  • Disgaea: Prinnies, dood!
  • Jeff from Maniac Mansion! Gnarly!
  • Bonaire in Alundra, though that was probably an invention by Working Designs.
  • Dynasty Warriors
    • Ling Tong, in Dynasty Warriors 6. Especially hilarious because this game is set in ancient China.
    • Sun Ce was this in Dynasty Warriors 4. He even calls Sun Jian 'pops', not 'father'. By the 5th installment, he drops it.
    • Maeda Keiji has this accent in Samurai Warriors 2, though he didn't use slangs like "Dude" or the likes of it. In the crossover and future titles, he lost the accent.
    • Beecher gets a similar treatment in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series.
  • Super Macho Man has fully transformed into once of these in the Wii edition of Punch-Out!!.
    • He had elements of Surfer Dude beforehand. His new Theme Music positively screams this. Nintendo was probably going this route when they created him, but he ended up looking like a psychopathic killer in the arcade Super Punch-Out and a mafia-esque thug in the NES version. They did get the look right in the SNES Super Punch-Out, though.
  • The surfer otter from Spyro: A Hero's Tail on Coastal Remains, who gave you the "Fill the Pool" mini quest. He was such an obvious parody that his talk after you beat the quest is nothing but him saying the word dude a dozen times.
  • Totally Rad, dude!
  • In the American version of Kingdom Hearts II, Xigbar has this accent, though is not just ANY old dude…
  • Erik Stream from Backyard Skateboarding.
  • Matt Engarde from Ace Attorney: Justice For All totally talks like this, dude. Like, even when he's arrested, y'know? At least until he decides to drop the charade...
  • Ximon in Daxter
  • Inverted in Pokémon. Morty, a Ghost Gym Leader, has a look very similar to a stereotypical surfer dude in GSC. His design was changed to fit his type in HGSS, though.
  • The Gunner in Monday Night Combat, who is even actually Hawaiian. His taunts include touting Maui as the best and using his dual minigun as a board! "Become one with Kai, brah."
  • Deanu, one of the Kid Kings from Monster Tale.
  • Moose in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan. And this dude talks in Surfer Slang, bro.
  • Inazuma Eleven has an Okinawan student Tsunami Jousuke, introduced as a regular Surfer Dude who also happens to be in a football club. His initial special ability in a football match is to create water wave out of nowhere and surfs along it. See it yourself.
  • Yun-seong dresses like one in Soul Calibur III.
  • Double Dragon Neon runs on nostalgic Camp and applies "bro" anywhere it possibly can (Bro-op, Bro-dozer, Ro-Bro) along with Billy and Jimmy using words like "tubular" or "un-gnarly".
  • Reality On The Norm has the character Josh Beachcomber, who is the protagonist of the game Purity of the Surf.
  • Wonder Blue from The Wonderful 101.
  • The North American version of Super Mario World uses some of the lingo for the names of the Special World stages.
  • Doc from Chrono Cross.
  • Artie from Labyrinthine Dreams has some of these traits, including referring to everyone as "man" or "dude" regardless of gender.

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    Web Originals 
  • Inverted in a way with Joseph Trundle, a basketball player in the Furry Basketball Association. He is an English nobleman—12th Baron Overstone, to be exact. (Yes, he is often called Lord Trundle, a Shout-Out to the Fern Hollow series). He has the appropriate mannerisms and accent of the peerage—but is an avid surfer, and plans to use a ocean-side manor in northern Scotland as a surfing resort when he retires from sports, advertising the waves as some of the most dangerous in the world.
    • The one who taught him to surf, Desmond Macon, fits this trope to a T.
  • From We Are Our Avatars, there's William Palakiko. He is also Broseidon, God of the Brocean. This fits him because surfers would love to manipulate the ocean tides to get few "gnarly" waves.

    Western Animation 
  • Gordo Leiter from the James Bond Jr. cartoon.
  • Beachcomber from The Transformers.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), particularly Michaelangelo. Cowabunga!
    • Word of God from David Wise is that he originally wanted the turtles to speak in inner city slang, but it was the pre-hip hop era and so it all sailed over the heads of the studio execs. So he ended up using surfer speak instead. Still, he likes to note that the first line of dialogue from any of the turtles in the original animated series is to call a random mook "home boy."
    • Unlike a lot of the examples on this page, Michelangelo would occasionally be seen surfing, sometimes in the sewers and sometimes being lucky enough to catch some actual waves in an actual ocean. (And if surfing wasn't an option, skateboarding would do in a pinch.)
      • In the movies they alternate between this and Brooklyn Rage in a weird attempt to appeal to both the comic-reading adult and cartoon-watching kid audiences. More specifically, Raphael stood for the Brooklyn Rage and Michelangelo for the majority of the surfer lingo.
  • Scooter from SpongeBob SquarePants. Larry the Lobster as well.
  • This was one of the tropes parodied by Poochie on The Simpsons.
    • But dude, it's, like, played totally straight with Snake, man.
  • Radley on Beverly Hills Teens
  • Manic from Sonic Underground.
  • Franklin Fizzlybear from the Viva Pinata cartoon.
  • Motor Ed from Kim Possible. Seriously!
  • Peyton from Chaotic.
  • Shaka Baka from an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Silver Surfer in The Super Hero Squad Show.
  • Mark Chang on The Fairly Oddparents.
  • Jude from 6teen, as well as Geoff, his Total Drama Island counterpart.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo featured the Headless Skateboarder. And yes, he took drugs.
    • The same episode features an actual surfer who turns out to be an undercover FBI agent
  • Dean Wilson, the otter character in Animalympics, although his main focus within the film is swimming.
  • In one episode of Samurai Jack, Jack loses his memory and starts talking like a Surfer Dude.
  • Harold the helicopter gained a surfer accent in the more recent episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Morris the Stegosaurus from Dinosaur Train appears to have a surfer accent.
  • The Snowrilla on Jimmy Two-Shoes.
  • Sunny Daze from My Little Pony is presented like this in the G3 cartoons.
    • Shining Armor from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the accent, but not the dialect.
    • Same with Soarin from the Wonderbolts. He has a surfer like voice but doesn't use the lingo.
  • Toast from Histeria!!
  • All five Skysurfers in Skysurfer Strike Force do surf (even if it's Sky Surfing). Crazy Stunts sky surfs, ocean surfs, and speaks the surfer lingo, so he exemplifies this trope the best.
  • Harry the dog, from Stanley.
  • Much of the cast of Stoked, especially Broseph and the Kahuna.

    Real Life 
  • This guy
  • Greg Cipes.
  • Craig Venter, CEO of Celera Gemonics and head of the parallel Human Genome Project. He has now joined together his love of the water and love of biology by running a gene sequencing lab on a yacht.
  • Kary Mullis, 1993 Nobel laureate in chemistry, he surfs, does LSD, lives in California, and is quite nuts.
  • Hollister, a sub-brand of Abercrombie and Fitch, tries to cultivate this trope in promotional images.
  • "Rockin' Fig," a fixture of the Southern California surf scene for decades. He served as the announcer for the US Open of Surfing for years, gave daily surf reports on Los Angeles' KROQ, and runs a surf shop in Huntington Beach.


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