6 surfing games for Windows PC users
Surfing is one of the biggest beach sports, yet it’s still among the smallest sports game genres. There are precious few surf games on consoles, and even fewer available for Windows. In fact, Climax Studios’ announcement of Surf World Series in 2016 was the first time a major publisher has confirmed the launch of a serious surfing game for consoles since about 2002. Surf World Series will also be coming out on Windows in 2017. The publisher hasn’t confirmed a more specific launch date yet, but these are a few other PC surfing games you can play in Windows before the release of Surf World Series.
Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer
Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer is rated the best surfing game ever. It made a ‘splash’ on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows XP and GameCube in 2002/2003. This is the best surfing game probably because world-surfing champion Kelly Slater provided his own design input to make Pro Surfer the most realistic surfing gaming yet. No two waves are the same in Pro Surfer, which has fluid waves of water for players to pull of surf tricks. The game features Kelly Slater’s own narrative and eight other pro surfers for players to select from. It includes real-world events and a diverse range of exotic locations at Hawaii, Australia, South Africa, North America, Spain and even Antarctica across 30 levels. It’s surprising Pro Surfer didn’t kick-start the genre as it’s still one of the most recent surf game titles.
Championship Surfer was the first Windows surfing game launched in 2000. This was one of the more exciting surf games as it was the among the first to have 3D graphics that give it an extra dimension with six alternative camera angles. As it also included a proprietary wave-generation engine for water simulation and extra weather effects, it was much more realistic than earlier surf games. The game includes eight O’Neill surfers to select from and several game modes, such as Championship, Free surf, Rumble and Arcade. Championship Surfer also has up to 40 surf tricks for players to pull off. Championship Surfer is retailing on Amazon and is compatible with Windows 95/98, but Windows 10 might not be backward compatible with the software.
“Surf’s Up” is a CGI film based on a penguin that loves surfing and enters the Big Z Memorial surf contest. Surf’s Up is also a movie-licensed surfing game you can play on Windows. As you can imagine, this is a more original surfing game as players get to hit the waves with the loveable animal cast from the movie. The game includes a single-player championship and multiplayer modes for up to four players. It also has some neat water simulation and trick animation effects. Surf’s Up doesn’t give you ground-breaking surfing, but still provides some surfing frolics.
California Games was the first surfing game launched in 1987 on the Atari Lynx. Ok, so this isn’t really a Windows game; nor is it even specifically a surfing title. It is, in fact, a collection of California sports that consist of surfing, BMX riding, skateboarding, roller skating and flying disc. However, the surfing in California Games was undoubtedly one of the best sports in which players clocked up points by making well-timed jumps from off the waves. It was a more basic 2D surfing game, but actually lots of fun. The publisher ported California games to various consoles, and you can now play it in Windows with a console emulator or from this page in your browser. Check out this Windows Report post for further details on some of the best retro game emulators.
T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage
Yes, this is another surf game that has never been released on Windows. T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage was among the first surfing games on non-portable consoles. This game launched on the NES, and the Town & Country surfboard designer sponsored it. As such, Wood & Water Rage includes T&C’s mascot Da Boy characters for players to surf with. In the game’s Big Wave Surfing section players surf giant waves all the way to the beach. You can also play this game with Windows NES emulators.
Surf World Series
It’s not often it can said there’s an exciting upcoming Windows surfing game, but Surf World Series is it! As mentioned, Climax has confirmed a Windows, Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch for 2017. The game will include five of the most iconic shorelines from Bell’s Beach, Australia to Waimea Bay, Hawaii and six surfers for players to select from. Surf World Series will also have three multiplayer modes and online play that supports up to 15 players. Surf World Series will, at least, certainly have the best graphics ever seen in a surf game. Climax CEO, Simon Gardner, stated, “Surfing is an amazing sport that’s been pretty underrepresented in games for some time, so we wanted to bring surfing fans a fun, arcade-style experience that’s all about mastering waves and racking up huge high scores.”
Those are six games that bring all the thrills and spills of surfing to Windows. When Climax releases Surf World Series, that could be the best surfing game for Windows to date. If Surf World Series has some impact, it might revitalize the surf genre.