How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Ever wanted to become a pro surfer or became curious what those surf maps are all about? With this article we will look at the basics of surfing as well as some pro tips that can make you a better surfer.

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  1. The first step will be to find a surf server. One with a tic rate of 100 or greater is optimal. If you can’t find a good surf map, or if you want to practice, make a LAN server game.
  2. You will want to set your sv_accelerate to 10 in your console
  3. The following are the available sv_airaccelerate options and their difficulties
    • Hard: sv_airaccelerate 100
    • Semi hard: sv_airaccelerate 150
    • Medium: sv_airaccelerate 200
    • Easy: sv_airaccelerate 400
    • Fun: sv_airaccelerate 800
    • Extra easy: sv_airaccelerate 1000
  4. Some popular surf maps include surf_greatriver, surf_fruits/vegetables, Rebel Resistance, or Legends.
  5. The objective of surf maps is to properly maneuver yourself throughout the various obstacles/ramps/stages on the map (ramps will look like floating ramps resembling an inverted V [/\]).How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 2
  6. You will want to familiarize yourself with the strafe keys. Those are the A and D keys on the keyboard.
  7. Once you jump onto a ramp, you will want to strafe right (D key) if you’re on the left side of the ramp, or strafe left (A key) if you’re on the right side of the ramp. A popular way to remember this is to use this visual symbol D/\A. While doing this, you will want to keep your mouse pointed in the direction you want your player to travel.How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 3
  8. While surfing on a ramp, you want to avoid
    pressing the forward key (W). Pressing the forward key will make you
    immediately start to slide off of the ramp you’re surfing on.How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 4
  9. In most cases you want to avoid pressing the backwards key (S). The only plausible situations of using the S key are to stop your mid-air flight, such as attempting to land on a pedestal or obstacle. After you hit the S key, you will immediately start to fall vertically. While looking down, your landing spot will be your crosshair. After hitting the S key, you can still maneuver yourself with the strafe keys.How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 5
  10. The most difficult maneuvers to perform are turning while surfing. Ideally, you want to wait until you are in mid-air and then strafe in the direction you want to turn (again this is A for going left, or D for going right). At the same time, you want to smoothly and synchronously change direction with your mouse in a centripetal fashion and aim it towards the direction you wish to travel. Once you reach maximum velocity in the
    desired direction you want to go, stop strafing. Another popular tactic is to flick your mouse towards the direction you’re want to move to.
  11. To pick up speed, start at the top of the ramp and move downwards. You want to keep your mouse movements at a minimal unless attempting to change direction.How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 6
  12. Another aspect that can be hard for beginners is to make sure that you don’t lose speed when jumping from one ramp to another. This can be done by reducing the amount of force that your z-axis experiences to a minimal.
  13. When you have just left a ramp and have to directional turn to land on another ramp, a smart strategy is to land near the top of the next ramp while immediately hitting the proper strafe key (D/\A).
  14. To gain maximum distance when launching yourself off one ramp to the next, attempt to be at the highest point when leaving your initial ramp.How to Surf in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 7
  15. Above all else, have fun while surfing. It can be difficult to learn at first, let alone master. With practice comes perfection though.
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