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Recap / Pokemon S 1 E 67 The Pi Kahuna

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Japanese Title: The Legend of the Surfing Pikachu

Original Airdate: October 22nd, 1998

US Airdate: October 2nd, 1999

In an effort to train hard and maintain top shape for the Pokémon League, Ash decides to try some surfing. When he hits rough waters, a surfer named Victor comes to the rescue and tells Ash about a gigantic wave called Humungadunga which hits the island just once every 20 years. Having failed to ride the wave in his youth, Victor is afraid to try again so Ash and Pikachu must provide Victor with the confidence he needs to conquer Humungadunga!

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  • Cross Cultural Reference: The episode is a reference to the 1978 film Big Wednesday.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Victor tries to ride Humungadunga once again, after failing 20 years ago.
  • Passing the Torch: Jan, the first surfer to conquer Humungadunga forty years earlier, inspired a younger Victor by telling him "Hey, you can do it too." After Victor lives up to his mentor's encouragement, he sees two young fans and tells them "Hey, you can do it too."
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  • Shout-Out: The entire episode is a shoutout to the 1978 surfer movie Big Wednesday. Victor and Puka are even named Vincent and Michael in the Japanese version, completing the shout-out to the film’s lead actor, Jan Michael Vincent.
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