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Eat your heart out, Legolas.

"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.


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    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 


    Film — Animation 
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver. Gulliver uses a surfboard-shaped stone to toboggan to safety.
    • 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.
  • In Mulan, Mushu does this during an avalanche.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Legolas does this down some stone stairs during the battle for Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 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.
  • Mentioned briefly in Avengers: Endgame, where, according to Tony, his four-year-old daughter Morgan has been tempted to do this with Captain America's shield, something her actress would later do in Real Life.
  • In The Fearless Vampire Killers, Koukol uses a coffin as a makeshift toboggan to chase the sleigh down the mountain.

  • 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.
  • According to Plutarch's Life of Marius, during the war between the Romans and the Cimbri, the Cimbri showed off their toughness and audacity by climbing up naked (!) "through ice and deep snow" to peaks of the Alps and then sliding down from there on their shields.

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    Western Animation 
  • Captain America shield-snowboards while fighting ice monsters in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. In "Shadow Play", this shield is put to similar use when it turns up in the possession of the dragon Garble, who is using it as a board for lava surfing.
  • 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.
  • Steven Universe: In "Change Your Mind", while trying to catch the falling Crystal Gems, who were all poofed earlier and as such have retreated to their gemstones, Steven uses his shield to surf on some of the pipes in the area.

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