Not that I would ever want to spoil anyone’s good clean summer fun, because GCSF is the best, especially when it is set to a cover of a Louden Wainwright song, but uh, whatTF is going on here? You run across the tarp while people pull it over you so it kind of looks like a wave? That doesn’t seem like fun! That only seems like running on plastic. Like a weird poor man’s version of the parachute games you’d play during gym class in first grade, except somehow even worse than that description. Not that a game has to be particularly thrilling to be a fun game to play in the summertime. Like some of us, for example, might play a game with a frisbee they invented called “Mamma Mia!” where you stand in a close circle with your friends and throw a frisbee in the middle in a weird way and then call out the type of pizza thing it is, based on the weird way you threw it. Like, for example, maybe you twist your arms and throw it in the air and say “garlic knots.” You know? You get it? “Mamma Mia!”

Listen, I’m not saying that the game I just described, “Mamma Mia!” is any better or worse than tarp surfing. I’m just saying that maybe tarp surfing looks like not a lot of fun and maybe we should all try to get this “Mamma Mia!” game off the ground because hey that sounds like a great time. (Thanks for the tip, Andy!)

Comments (24)
  1. Depends which Loudon Wainright song. “Dead Skunk on the Side of the Road”? Not so much.

  2. oh like that mountain dew comercial. cute.

  3. Kelly I don’t want to tell you how to do your job but you could have ended this post with “Mamma Mia! That-ah-sounds like-ah-great-ah-time!” but you didn’t. You blew it.

  4. Finally, someone invented a waterless slip n’ slide.

  5. Camp Counselor 1: The kids are arriving today and I have no idea what we’re going to do.

    Camp Counselor 2: I found a tarp and some bocce balls under the grocery cart by the shed.

    Camp Counselor 1: Phew.

  6. Related: The parachute game is GREAT! We can all agree on this, I hope? Best rainy-day elementary school gym game?

  7. See, this is what happens when we let hippies buy video cameras.

  8. This must be what inland beaches have resorted to.

    Also! If I knock a rhythm onto the frisbee can I add beets to the pizza? Mamma Mia!

  9. Planking! but, you know, for kids.

  10. I will support any game that is named after an ABBA song.

  11. I’ll tell you one thing, this is way better than LARP surfing

  12. here’s something WEIRD. I made this video. that’s me doing the alien thing with my shirt and then riding in the grocery cart at 1:13.

    the more you know!

  13. Tarp surfing was literally created as a joke to mock the stupid fort-building people-who-made-this-video loser hipsters. I don’t know what that means now that people seem to embrace it.


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  15. man, I was totally in shock when I saw this post before. thanks Kelly! it’s really awesome you posted this!

  16. Tarp surfing’s blowing up everywhere, you guys. Seriously.

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