Surfer Dude

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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!

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Examples, dudes and dudettes!


Comic Books

Fan Works



Live Action TV


Newspaper Comics

Professional Wrestling

  • Rob Van Dam sometimes talked like this in WWE. In TNA he currently acts much differently, although sometimes he acknowledges that the Surfer Dude is part of his personality.

Video Games

  • 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!
  • Xigbar from Kingdom Hearts II talks like this, though whether it's an indication of his character or just an act tends to vary by interpretation.
  • 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.
    • Beecher gets a similar treatment in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series.
  • Sadly, Keiji Maeda from Samurai Warriors 2 was dubbed to sound like this.
  • 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 weasel 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 Dude a dozen times.
  • Totally Rad, 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? IT'S A TRAP!
  • 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 Marine voiced by David Cross in Halo 2. "Go on sir, we'll totally follow you".
  • 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, bra.
  • 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.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • 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.

Western Animation

  • Gordo Leiter from the James Bond Jr cartoon.
  • Beachcomber from Transformers Generation 1. This leads to many fandom jokes about him being a stoner.
  • 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.
  • This was one of the tropes parodied by Poochie on The Simpsons.
    • Played straight with Snake.
  • 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 Superhero Squad Show.
  • Mark Chang on The Fairly OddParents.
  • Geoff from Total Drama Island.
  • Jude from 6teen, dude.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo featured the Totally Radical updated version of the Headless Horseman, the Headless Skateboarder. And yes, he took drugs.
    • That same episode features an actual surfer who turns out to be an undercover cop
  • Dean Wilson, the otter character in Animalympics, although his main focus within the film is swimming.
  • in one epidode of Samurai Jack the titular character lose his memory and starts speaking like this.
  • Harold the helicopter for some reason actually 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.
  • Toast from Histeria!!

Real Life