Surf's Way Up

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This article is about the minigame from Mario Party 8. For the level from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! for the Game Boy Advance, see Surf's Up.
Surf's Way Up
Surf's Way Up from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Music track It's on Now
Music sample

Surf's Way Up is a Duel minigame in Mario Party 8, as well as a single-player minigame in Test for the Best. Its name is a pun on the phrase "surf's up."


The two players find themselves standing on jetboards hovering over a short road-like expanse. When they reach the end of the expanse, the players are surfing openly through outer space. In the background, Earth can be seen.


The goal is to go through colored circular goals with different point values. However, the player must watch out for the Bowser goals with his emblem shown on them, or else their score instantly drops to zero. Whoever has more points at the end of the minigame wins. If both players have the same number of points, the minigame ends in a tie.


The winning player performs their victory pose on their jetboard and launches far ahead of the losing player and out of sight, while the losing player does their losing pose on their jetboard behind them. If the minigame ends in a tie, both players will perform their losing poses and the jetboards will not speed ahead.

Test for the Best[edit]

In Test for the Best, the player plays alone in this minigame and must go through as many circular point goals as possible, avoiding the Bowser goals, to earn as many points as possible. The scores required to earn a certain point total are as follows:

Grade Points earned Score required in minigame Title
A+ 1,000 800 points Cosmic Kahuna
A 900 680 points Stellar Surfer
B 800 560 points Wave Maker
C 700 440 points Surfin' Sophomore
D 600 320 points Surfin' Neophyte
F 0 N/A Wipeout Kid


  • Wii Remote: Move
  • Buttons
    • A Button / B Button – Boost

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Steer your space sled through the point goals to rack up the highest score."
  • Hint"Avoid the Bowser goals. If you pass through one, your score will drop to zero!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲットだ!ポイントボール
Getto da! Pointo bōru
Get them! Point balls

French Surfeur Spatial
Space Surfer
German Surfen im Weltall
Surfing in Outer Space
Italian Surf Siderale
Stellar Surf
Korean 잡아라! 포인트볼
Jab-ala! Pointeubol
Catch It! Point Ball

Spanish Carrera espacial
Space Race


  • This minigame is similar to Target Tag from Mario Party 7, except that there are only two players instead of four.
  • If one of the veteran playable characters wins as the solo player, they will perform one of their small victory poses from the GameCube-era Mario Party games (with Mario's and Luigi's being slightly different) instead of the new ones they received in this game. Blooper and Hammer Bro will perform a different victory pose as opposed to their normal ones. This is also the case in Thrash 'n' Crash.