and company are still on Seafoam Island, where a jogging Ash almost causes
a traffic jam on an unusually busy mountain road. After Officer Jenny arrives
on the scene and the traffic jam is cleared up, Ash asks her why there
is so much traffic. She tells him that hundereds of surfers have arrived
to challenge the Humonga Dunga, a huge wave that only comes every twenty
years. She tells them how fourty years earlier, a surfer named Jan surfed
on the huge wave and placed his flag atop a tall rock in the middle of
the bay and surfers have tried for years to achieve the same stunt. Ash
decides he wants to become a master surfer as well. As Ash swims out, Pikachu
stays on shore and notices an older Pikachu on a cliff far away. Ash attempts
to take a large wave, but wipes out instead. Ash gets a leg cramp and is
overtaken by another wave. Just as it seems that Ash is a goner, a man
and the old Pikachu come on a surfboard and rescue him. Ash wakes up in
a small ocean cottage with Brock and Misty looking over him. Brock tells
Ash that he was rescued by the old man, who is named Victor. Victor tells
them he knew Jan over fourty years ago and witnessed his triumph in conquering
Humonga Dungo. Jan gave his surfboard to Victor and told him to try to
meet his acheivement. Victor did try twenty years later, but just before
he reached the rock he wiped out. Victor was about to give up surfing forever
when he found a small Pikachu floating in on a piece of driftwood. He adopted
the Pikachu and named it Puka and they've been surfing together ever since.
Puka is special, he says, because it seems to be able to sense that big
waves are coming. Suddenly, Ash and Victor hear Puka and Pikachu cry out--
Team Rocket is back in their Gyarados submarine and have captured Pikachu
and Puka in a shock-proof container. They dive down into the deep water
and head out to sea. Unfortunatly, they run into a pack of real Gyarados
who blast them out of the water with Hyper Beams. Pikachu and Puka are
released from their container. Bulbasaur catches Pikachu, but Puka falls
into the ocean. Victor goes out to rescue him on his surfboard. The waves
have gotten so rough that Brock is forced to turn around and leave Victor
and Pooka behind. As Victor picks Puka out of the water, he notices that
Puka's tail is glowing -- Humonga Dunga is coming! As Ash and a crowd watch
from the safety of a cliff, they watch Victor and Puka ride the huge wave
and place their flag atop the rock next to Jan's flag.
Did You Notice?...
Ash has a Psyduck surfboard.
Who's That Pokemon?: Gloom!