CHiPs: Season 1, Episode 15

Surf's Up (19 Jan. 1978)

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Ponch and Jon are transferred to Malibu Beach and must deal with a teenager who has a grudge against the police.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brodie Greer ...
Officer Baricza
Lew Saunders ...
Champagne Truck Driver
Ray Underwood ...
Leslie Ackerman ...
Panchito Gómez ...
Robert (as Panchito Gomez)
Nancy Stephens ...
Young Mother
Lady Driver
Dany Marrou ...
Mrs. Cruz


Ponch and Jon are transferred to Malibu Beach and must deal with a teenager who has a grudge against the police.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 January 1978 (USA)  »

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While watching the film of Poncherello falling off the jet ski, he tells Jon that he will get him for showing the film, and mentions it may not be until Jon makes Lieutenant or retires. This was a foreshadowing of Jon being promoted. About 21 years later in CHiPs '99 (1998) Jon had made Captain by the time Poncherello returned to the CHP. See more »


In the opening scenes, the same yellow Toyota Celica appears at several different locations on the freeway. See more »

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Sport Of The Week
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Surf's Up,Jon and Ponch are transferred to Malibu Beach.They deal with problems like a thief who specializes in stealing surfers' vans.Also they deal with an abandoned infant and a teenager who has a grudge against the police.

In addition to that,Ponch talks to a couple girls who witnessed an accident. As the man tries to explain how the accident happened, he's distracted by girls in bikinis. It's pretty obvious how the accident happened. When Ponch comes back, he tells Jon that they're set up on a date with the girls.

The Jet Ski riding in this episode is considered the first "sport of the week" that was seen on the show. Done to attract viewers with exotic sports, the "sport of the week" is much more common in later episodes of the TV show.This definitely increases viewership especially among TV fans who love sports.

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