Surfer Zombie is a zombie encountered in Big Wave Beach. He uses a surfboard to surf in water. Once he reaches the land, he will carry his surfboard and use it as a shield, until he encounters a plant to crush with his surfboard. When he does, the surfboard will instantly kill the first plant in where it is placed, then it will behave like a tombstone. After the surfboard is placed, it will behave like a normal zombie. His surfboard can place itself when this zombie dies on land.


Surfer Zombie is a fast zombie in water but once he reaches the shores, he will then carry its surfboard and crush it to any plant he encounters.

His hair is blonde and is combed backwards. He wears an orange swimming trunks with a white line at the left side of it. His surfboard is colored in light yellow and has a crack on the front portion of it and as well has blue lines on both left and right sides and an orange line on the middle portion of the surfboard.

Almanac entry

TOUGHNESS: Protected
SPEED: Hungry

Surfs past plants on the water, then carries board on land.

Damage: can crush a plant with his board

Surfer Zombie took up surfing just last year. At first, he only did it because he thought it would make him look cool. But he was a natural. Now he can hang 10 with the best of them. Now he's headed to the pro circuit. Now he IS cool.


When surfing only, Surfer Zombie absorbs 24.5 normal damage shots and degrades upon absorbing 12.25 normal damage shots. After landing, he will absorb 16.5 normal damage shots and degrade upon absorbing 8.25 normal damage shots. His surfboard absorbs 35 normal damage shots.


Player's House: Piñata Party

Big Wave Beach: Days 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and Tiki Torch-er


Although the Surfer Zombie has health on the lower end of the Protected spectrum, he is very fast when on water. When he reaches land, he will place its surfboard on your plants, which you cannot plant on unless you destroy the surfboard. Make sure you kill the zombie before he reaches land, if he falls into the water before he's defeated, killing him after that will result in it dropping his surfboard on the tile. If combined with multiple Octo Zombies, Fisherman Zombies, and Deep Sea Gargantuars, they will wreck havoc onto your defense.

Magnifying Grass and Winter Melon are among the best plants to defeat Surfers before they reach shore. The Magnifying Grass can quickly kill a Surfer in one shot for 50 sun. It also has a fast recharge time, allowing many to be planted in a hurry, and if a lot of sun stored, the player can shoot through other zombies in the way if waiting for the Surfer to pull ahead is not an option. The Winter Melon's damage power and slowing effect can bring down Surfers and their allies together in the water (such as Snorkel Zombie). It has the advantage over Magnifying Grass in Days with limited sun or planting options, however, zombies near the front lines can possibly distract Winter Melons long enough for Surfers to slip through.

Among the plants introduced in Big Wave Beach, Guacodile, Chomper, and Tangle Kelp are the best choices for defeating Surfers. Chomper can eat both the Surfer and his surfboard whole, even if he reaches shore, as well as destroy a planted surfboard quickly if one is in front of it. When placed out in the water, a Guacodile will be triggered when the Surfer Zombie passes over it, usually dealing enough damage to finish the surfer off. The surfboard also cannot crush this plant, as it will just trigger its biting attack.

If Surfer Zombie does make it to shore, plants that destroy the Surfer Zombie and surfboard together (without letting the surfboard drop during the death animation) are extremely useful, such as Chomper, Lightning Reed, and Cherry Bomb. Cherry Bombs are helpful for destroying a group of Surfer Zombies in the water or on land, however, they require a Lily Pad planted first before they can be detonated above water. It is highly recommended to use instant kill or high damage-rate plants to take out Surfer Zombie as the zombie itself is tough enough to kill, but his surfboard has the same amount of health as a tombstone. Destroy the Surfer Zombie and its surf board as quick as you can or your lawn will be swarmed with surfboards.

A Split Pea is best used when on water if he passes your defenses, so that it can deal damage to both: the surfboard and the Surfer Zombie. In addition, a Laser Bean (when upgraded with Plant Food) will instantly destroy him when on water in one hit, so plant it next to your lawn mowers. You can also use Plant Food on a Tangle Kelp to keep this zombie from reaching land. Fume-shrooms are best used with Plant Food to push this zombie and prevent him from reaching land. Hurrikale will also push this zombie back and slow him down, preventing him from reaching the land faster.

Do note however, that when a Surfer Zombie manages to reach the shores, be ready as you will lose one of your plants in exchange for killing it unless you succeed in destroying the surfboard. Laser Beans and Bowling Bulbs can also assist you in weakening the Surfer Zombie if you are in trouble of handling it, allowing you to save much time. but you can also assist with Lightning Reed because when defeated by a Lightning Reed, it won't leave its surfboard on a plant or tile, so you can plant two columns of Lightning Reeds, if you don't want to lose a plant when you defeat it, remember to choose Winter Melon because they make a perfect combination for defeating tons of Surfer Zombies.

Note: Avoid using Citron against this zombie (unless fed with Plant Food), as this zombie can bypass your Citron fast or even destroy it, and the charging time to shoot a plasma ball takes longer.


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  • When he reaches the shore, he will "wipe out" then suddenly appear with his surfboard.
  • Chomper can eat him even if he falls into the water, despite the fact that the Chomper seems to eat nothing.
  • When he enters the player's house with the surfboard, it will disappear.
  • If Surfer Zombie is attacked by a lobbed-shot plant, the projectiles will damage the surfboard instead.
  • He is the first zombie that can bypass the Tall-nut. However, this is only the case on water.
  • In the Almanac, his surfboard has more cracks than in the seed selection screen. Also, after Surfer Zombie places his surfboard, the surfboard appears to have no cracks at all.
  • The death animation of this zombie when its riding the wave is when its killed it flies up into the air and falls straight down into the water.
  • His speed is actually Speedy while he is surfing.
  • Surfer Zombie, Snorkel Zombie, Octo Zombie, Deep Sea Gargantuar, and Barrel Zombie are the only zombies without shirts, excluding the animal zombies. However, it can be debated whether the Ancient Egypt zombies' (apart from Explorer Zombie) bandages count as shirts.
  • He sometimes makes a grunting sound a few seconds after disembodied on land.
  • The surfboard vanishes when Surfer Zombie is zapped by a Lightning Reed or Electric Blueberry, or burned.
  • If a Surfer Zombie tries to slam a Spring Bean that is about to bounce away a zombie with his surfboard, the surfboard breaks but the Spring Bean survives.
    • This also can happen if two Surfer Zombie' boards are placed on the same tile (this can only happen if the second Surfer dies on land and auto-places his board, as they never attempt to place their boards on top of each other while alive). Both will be destroyed, making this a helpful glitch to get rid of surfboards on the lawn.
  • He can be blocked by Infi-nut's barrier while surfing.
  • When he gets hit by a lawn mower while surfing, his surfboard will land in water.
  • Surfer Zombie is one of the few zombies which can damage Ghost Pepper in certain ways.
  • When he is landing, if using Iceberg Lettuce to freeze him, the splash water will not be animated and will be blue.
  • Surfer Zombie can completely kill Infi-nut and its barrier if Infi-nut is in the same column where Surfer Zombie is. Otherwise, the barrier will take no damage.
  • He can change his direction while surfing under the effects of Sweet Potato fed with Plant Food.
  • In Tiki Torch-er, specifically in higher levels, they may sometimes come in walking instead of surfing when the huge waves of zombies approach.
  • Lava Guava can counter Surfer Zombie even when planted right next to him.
  • In the 3.8.1 update, Surfer Zombie's surfboard absorbs 2 normal damage shots before being destroyed. It is unknown if it is a bug or a nerf. This bug/nerf was fixed in the 4.0.1 update.

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