A surfer arrives on the island, and the castaways try to encourage to head back to Hawaii and rescue them. However, he is more interested in making moves on Ginger and Mary Ann than getting back in a hurry.


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A surfer arrives on the island, and the castaways try to encourage to head back to Hawaii and rescue them. However, he is more interested in making moves on Ginger and Mary Ann than getting back in a hurry.

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20 February 1965 (USA)  »

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The Professor gives the island's location as "approximately 110 degrees longitude and 10 degrees latitude" but doesn't specify whether he means east or west longitude or north or south latitude. The only two possible locations in the Pacific Ocean are: 10° North and 110° West, with the nearest land 725 miles away on the coast of Mexico, and about 3261 miles to Honolulu; and 10° South and 110° West, with the nearest land about 1,420 miles away on the coast of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, a part of Ecuador, and about 3896 miles to Honolulu. See more »


Gilligan tries to teach himself to surf and practices standing on a board in the lagoon. He ties his feet to the board but then tips over so that he is completely submerged under the surf board. The Skipper comes to rescue Gilligan and wades into the lagoon up to his ankles but his pants are already wet up to the middle of his butt. The Skipper is, however, dry from his waist up while he then uprights the board so that Gilligan can breathe. As the camera cuts from Gilligan back to the Skipper, the Skipper is now completely wet from head to toe although he never submerged below the surface of the water. See more »


Ginger Grant: Where's Mary Ann?
Duke Williams: Baby, we don't need a cheering section.
Ginger Grant: I do, I'm an actress.
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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Surf's Out on Gilligan's Island
29 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Gilligan and the Skipper spot a guy on a surfboard zipping into the lagoon and landing on the beach. Having ridden a tsunami for five days (yes, five days), Duke Williams (played with gusto by Denny Scott Miller) discovers Ginger and Mary Ann and decides not to ride back when a "reverse tsunami" is coming the island's way.

Will Duke make it back onto his surfboard? Of course. Will the castaways be rescued? Well, let's just say that Gilligan doesn't screw this one up.

Thanks to the performance by Denny Scott Miller, this episode is above average and we get to see the girls actually swoon for a while until the Duke gets a little too fresh.

Highlights include Duke's impressive entrance riding the surfboard onto the beach, Gilligan's attempts at exercise, Mr. Howell's comment on Duke's clothes ("pizza sharkskin"), Ginger's timing as she fixes her hair before letting a running Mary Ann back into the hut, and the Professor's ill-at-ease "romancing" with Ginger along with Gilligan's less than romantic session with Mary Ann.

Of course, the very idea that someone could ride a surfboard for five straight days is rather out there, but in some ways it is easier to accept that many of the other outlandish ideas that Gilligan's Island has had. So with that in mind, this episode is pretty funny and well worth viewing.

  • The large rock that Gilligan sits on next to the lagoon at the

beginning of the episode is new. Perhaps it was used to cover how the Duke's surfboard was pulled towards the beach?

  • Seems Duke gets cleaned up pretty well, even shaving after leaving

the beach and getting a new set of tight-fitting pants.

  • You know, the Professor could have had the Duke carry a note with

him...assuming it could fit somewhere in his tight pants.

  • The stock footage used of the surfer that Gilligan does bear a good

resemblance to Duke, but he's not wearing the provisions that the Professor gave him.

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