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So you've stumbled into a CS:S surf server and have no clue what to do? But you want to become elite and enjoy the same glory that expert surfers receive for their amazing gravity-defying feats? Don't worry, this guide will give you much of the knowledge you need to be on the road of Pro Surfin' Skills.



  1. Find a surf server. The ping doesn't matter in case you don't play surf to kill. If there's none around when you look, download the maps yourself and load a LAN server. Practicing by yourself is always a good way to start. NOTE: make sure you put sv_airaccelerate 100 into the console before trying to surf on a LAN server. Good maps to begin with include 10x final and Rebel Resistence.
  2. To surf in a straight line, strafe (a or d keys) into the side of the ramp (those things that float in the air), strafing right if you're on the left side, strafing left if you're on the right side. Never press the back or forwards key while surfing because the forward key will make you slide off (more on the back key, s, later). Keep the mouse pointed in the direction you want to travel, the pitch of your crosshair doesn't matter, just don't look left or right if you want to go in a straight line.
  3. To turn, when you are in the air strafe in the direction you want to turn, left or right, while smoothly changing your direction with the mouse in a centripetal fashion towards that direction. When your velocity is in the desired direction, stop strafing. As soon as you hit the new ramp strafe into the side of it again.
  4. To pick up speed, start at the top of a ramp and move downwards. Make sure you do not move the mouse around too much when you are on a surf ramp then you will lose speed causing you to fall off when you get to the end or when you are surfing.
  5. To ensure you don't lose speed when landing on a new surf, try to reduce the amount of force that your z-axis receives when landing. Do this by trying as best as possible to be looking and moving in the same direction as the surf when you hit it.
  6. To get maximum distance when launching off a surf, try to be at the highest point you can get without losing speed. All surfs have different points which give the maximum distance when launch from, according to how they are carved.
  7. To stop in mid-air e.g. to land on a certain point, just press backwards (s), you will immediately stop and fall down . You will always fall exactly vertically ( not true you can move in air), so if you look straight down you see the exact point of landing where your crosshair is. This is mostly needed above "teleportation-panels" or "landing-panels" (mostly with a water surface so you can land on it from high above).
  8. To get faster you can start from the top of ramp then head down to bottom and up to middle again for best result...Just go up and down, like a wave:)(Dont do this start at top and stay at bottom jesus you just cant find the staff..)
  9. When it is neccesary to gain lots of air very quickly, (Ex. To fly through the green loop on surf_10x_final) you must, at the VERY end of a ramp, move your mouse side to side fairly quickly while pointing in the direction (upward at some angle) that you want to fly. This can be very difficult to master but is very useful.
  10. Landing(extra) When you leave a ramp and have to turn in mid air to land on the next ramp, a good way to gain good speed is to land near the top of the ramp holding away from the the ramp. Then hold onto to the ramp with the correct key. This doesn't make much sense, but go try and you'll get extra speed. Surfing is hard to describe, its best to just go learn. Just practise holding away from the ramp on bits where you enough speed to reduce friction and lost speed / increase speed. I think a good map to go learn on is surf_legends as it has some nice ramps, make sure its a DeathMatch though. I'm a speed surfer and will race anyone whos up for a challenge.


  • Have Fun
  • To keep your speed from ramp to ramp, make sure you come at the ramp as parallel as possible. Coming in at an angle will cause you to lose speed.
  • The glock's burst fire is very useful on surf maps, as its accuracy is still pretty good despite being in the air or on a ramp. Similar to a shotgun, except much weaker. The deagle or desert eagle (to new people) is effective because of the strength (although the accuracy is sometimes not as good).
  • If possible skip as many ramps as possible by flying over or around them. This will help you keep up momentum and speed.
  • Try to avoid jumping or surfing between ramps to your right and to your left. This severely cuts your speed.
  • If you're stuck, kill your character by typing "kill" in the console.
  • The direction of your crosshair is not necessarily the direction you are moving.
  • Remember that the only force acting on you is gravity.
  • It's obvious, but you must practice as much as possible. You eventually learn how the Source physics system works and how you can manipulate it to surf.
  • Don't whine if you get blocked. It happens. A lot of surf servers are now using an EventScript called NoBlock, which lets you walk through other players. Try to find one of those servers. :)
  • Search for surfmaps on or, there are loads of them revealing al the map secrets (like hidden weapons and ammo, secret passages/warps etc.)
  • If you need speed to continue surfing a map yet have no forward momentum but a lot of height, aim towards the bottom of the ramp and slide only for a moment after touching it and then immediatly turn into the middle of it without launching off of it. This will allow you to transform your vertical speed into horizontal speed.
  • Be patient
  • If you are going to fast, or to high to land on a ramp, use a swerve motion. So surf (in the air) to the right, then to the left, and back and forth and this will slow you down a bit hopefully allowing you to get where you want.
  • A good mouse does help alot.If possible use a laser mouse as they have a smoother motion and better sensitivity.


  • Blockers will get in the way every now and then
  • People may flame you if you are new to surfing, ignore them.

Things You'll Need

  • A good computer for some maps
  • Counter strike source
  • A surf server
  • A program that can connect to the Steam network

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