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American Ninja Warrior 13's Air Surfer

Air Surfer is an obstacle first introduced as the fourth obstacle during the third episode of qualifiers in American Ninja Warrior 13, and then appeared back in the fourth episode of qualifiers.

The obstacle consisted of a long, horizontally laid surfboard-like board with two handles underneath. The top side of the surfboard has the obstacle's name on it. Competitors must gently kip the board forward and down across five different tracks, each with varying lengths. They would have to keep the board stable and as horizontal as possible to avoid pulling the board off the tracks.

In the third episode of qualifying, a total of ten competitors failed on the obstacle, including Cara Mack, Grant McCartney, Nick Hanson, Michael Johnson, Rochambeau Dolcine, and Lenny Lopez. This obstacle was served as the cut-off for both the Top 5 female competitors the Top 30 competitors in general. For the Top 5 female competitors, since only five female competitors attempted the obstacle, every one of them that at least attempted the obstacle moved on to the semifinals. Meanwhile, for the Top 30 as a whole, only one competitor (Lenny Lopez) managed to make the leaderboard at the 30th and final place.

In the fourth episode of qualifying eleven competitors failed the obstacle, including Conor Galvin, Taylor Johnson and Craig Stowell.

Epic Air Surfer

American Ninja Warrior 13's Epic Air Surfer in Stage Two

A variation of Air Surfer, (called as Epic Air Surfer), appeared as the fifth obstacle in Stage Two of American Ninja Warrior 13, replacing the Grim Sweeper from its past recent appearance.

This version involved six different tracks, each with varying lengths and gaps in which competitors must transition in order to advance. The transition between the third and fourth tracks requires competitors to move the board slightly to the right, as opposed to the Air Surfer where the board must move at a straight line.

In its first appearance, five competitors failed the obstacle which are Tage Herrington, Kevin Carbone, Ryan Meeks, Isaiah Thomas, and Brian Burkhardt in his second run at Stage Two.


The prototype design of the Air Surfer, in which Jennie Bensley submitted for the American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge

“A panel sits atop a set of parallel bars that zig-zag up and down three times. There are handles underneath the panel in between the two outside bars with which runners use to move through the obstacle. The obstacle is 10 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and 22 feet long. Runners must first jump and grab the handles, then use them to tip the panel down to the other side of the peak, then jump up to the next peak. They then repeat the tipping down and jumping up, ending by sliding back down at the end and dismounting.”

  • The Epic Air Surfer would continue the trend of a fifth obstacle that appeared on Stage Two that would be considered as a modification of a previous known obstacle from a qualifying/city finals course.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found

Air Surfer

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW 13 (QF EP 3) 29 39 74.36%
ANW 13 (QF EP 4) 32 43 74.42%
Total 61 82 74.39%

Epic Air Surfer

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW13 10 15 66.67%
Total 10 15 66.67%