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Practice Guides: How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  

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Introduction to How to surf in CS:GO

If you’ve ever perused the vast world of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive streams and videos online, chances are you’ve come across a video of a player flying across slanted ramps, jumping from one to the other in acrobatic fashion.

In the CS:GO community, this is known as “surfing,” and it’s a popular way to switch up the game for something a little different from the typical shooter mechanics.

However, surfing takes practice to get right and a great deal of skill to master. Luckily, there are a variety of resources online to help you become great at the art of the CS:GO surf.

This guide will help you get started learning how to play surf on CS:GO, and will point you in the right direction to further your learning. 

CS:GO Settings for Surfing

Enabling the developer console in CS:GO

Firstly, you’ll need to have the ability switch up your settings to allow you to surf CS:GO. This is the simplest tips of the whole process. Navigate to the CS:GO settings and enable the developer console. Once you perform this action, you can use the ~ key to open the developer console. 

Enabling the developer console in CS:GO

Finding CS:GO surf servers

Some guides recommend to use CS:GO simulator, but we think that much more useful to use CS:GO surf servers and maps.

Next, find one of the many CS:GO surf servers. A popular place to start your surfing career is the map called “surf_mesa”. Just subscribe to in steam maps workshop and your game client will download it automatically. 

Finding CS:GO surf servers

Choose CS:GO surf map

Start a game and open the console with the ~ key. Enter “map workshop\450516696\surf_mesa” or whichever map you’re starting on. You should find yourself on the desired map. There are many CS:GO surf maps; choose the one that looks best to you. You can also start map from your workshop. 

CS:GO commands for surfing

Use the commands

  • “bot_kick”, “sv_cheats 1”,
  • “mp_warmup_end” and
  • “mp_roundtime 60” to set a long, 60-minute time limit and to remove bots from the map to allow for proper, uninterrupted practice while learning  surf tricks in CS:GO. 

  • Next, enter “sv_airaccelerate 400” to change the rate at which you accelerate in the air too much faster than the default setting.
  • Also, enter “mp_restartgame 1” and “god” after the restart.

Note that these settings can be tweaked to your liking, but they’re a good starting point if you’re just learning how to surf on Counter Strike:Global Offensive. Now that you have your surf settings all configured, you’re ready to learn how to surf CS:GO. 

Tips for Surfing

As previously stated, surfing is easy to understand but very difficult to master. The basic philosophy behind surfing is the strafe function (walking from side to side). For most CS:GO players, the strafe buttons are “A” and “D.” 

Surf maps included slanted ramps to facilitate surfing. In order to surf, you must jump in the direction that the ramp runs and strafe into the ramp itself. Strafe right if you’re on the left side of a ramp and strafe left if you’re on the right side.

Don’t ever push the forward key, as it will make you slide off to your death.


Strafing into the ramp will push your character forward. Point the mouse in the direction you want to head, and you’re surfing.

The hardest part comes when you try to turn. The best way to learn how to turn in CS:GO surfing is to watch videos of streamers and YouTubers performing the action themselves. Turning involves strafing while in the air in the direction you want to turn while changing your mouse direction to the same direction. Stop strafing once you’re heading in the direction you want to go. Watch videos to get the mouse movement just right.

In order to gain speed, begin at the top of a ramp and move downward while surfing. Keep the mouse relatively steady or you won’t gain the desired speed.

Pressing the back key will stop you in midair and cause you to immediately fall to the ground below.

Once you’ve mastered surfing via practice and study and whatever else it takes, you can jump into more surf maps in CS:GO. There are more difficult ones, easier ones and a bunch in-between. Find your favorite YouTubers’ favorite maps and try them out.

Surfing servers and maps

Furthermore, you’ll be able to begin finding surf servers in CS:GO to play on. There are servers for professional surfers and for beginners, meaning the surfing community is versatile for anybody who wants to use CS:GO to learn how to surf.

Surfing in CS:GO has a lot of benefits for players looking to get better at CS:GO. While surfing isn’t used in regular gameplay due to the changed settings necessary to make it work, surfing can help hone your skills in a number of different areas that will help you get better at not only CS:GO but at video games in general.

How to Play Surf on CS:GO

Surfing requires a great deal of precision and accuracy for surfers to be successful at it. Your aiming and jump placement needs to be spot-on in order to be a talented surfer. Surfing also helps with movement in the regular game. Sure, you aren’t jumping around and surfing in the regular game to the degree you are when you surf, but surfing can teach you about the movement in CS:GO by enhancing it to a degree that makes it more obvious to surfers. It’s easy to apply what you learn as a surfer to the regular game.

Finally, games in general require much hand-eye coordination, accuracy and awareness to be successful at playing them, especially in competitive communities.

CS:GO has one of the most active and lively communities in the world, and it’s important to know the best ways to get ahead in these communities if you wish to be talented or even professional within them. Surfing is a good way to hone your coordination so that when you enter regular play, your coordination is closer or greater than that of the professionals you play against.

Give surfing a try sometime, and see how it affects your play. You might be surprised.


by k1nd3r 
  • Last Update 03 December 2020
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