- "We have intel that puts Al-Asad in a building at the west end of town. Infiltrate and extract the target. It's time to bring him in."
- — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered level description
- "Marines! Spotters have a possible fix on Khaled Al-Asad in a building at the West end of this town! We're gonna secure the perimeter and grab Al-Asad. Oorah? Lock and load!"
- — Lt. Vasquez
"Charlie Don't Surf" is the fifth mission in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Giving the player control of USMC Sergeant Paul Jackson for the first time in the game, this mission sees Jackson and the 1st Force Recon Marines involved in a hard-hitting raid against an Arabian coastal town in order to capture Khaled Al-Asad.
Reacting swiftly to the death of President Yasir Al-Fulani at the hands of Al-Asad, the U.S. Department of Defense decides to launch an invasion in hopes of restoring order to the area and removing Al-Asad from power. A large fleet of aircraft carriers, Amphibious Assault Ships and other Navy ships stationed in the Persian Gulf deploys thousands of United States Marines, including the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, to a small coastal Gulf town, via Black Hawk helicopters. According to US Military Intelligence and Marine Spotters, Al-Asad is broadcasting propaganda from a radio station on the west side of the town. Flying through anti-aircraft and RPG-7 fire, the Black Hawk helicopters manage to deploy the Marines about 60 yards from the target building, who fast-rope down and proceed towards the HQ building. The back door is breached and the raid is quick and decisive, but Al-Asad's body is not amongst the dead bodies.
Receiving a report that Al-Asad has instead taken over a local television station half a kilometer east and is broadcasting from there, the Marines move to secure the new objective. Under the chaos of low-flying fighter jets and patrolling Blackhawks, the Marines prowl their way through the town, strategically defending themselves from enemy troops. After securing a bombed-out building and parking lot, they proceed towards the side entrance of the TV station. They breach and clear the first room and proceed to the main broadcasting studio, where they encounter heavy resistance. After the main studio is cleared, they proceed to a large open hall, where the Marines regroup with their other team. The unit proceeds upstairs to the studio and busts down the door; however Al-Asad is nowhere to be found again. In fact, the entire room is empty and the broadcast was simply on a loop. Despite the considerable losses inflicted upon Al-Asad's forces and the capture of the town itself as a front line for the main invasion, the battle remains a strategic loss for the Americans, as their primary target has slipped away, presumably to the Presidential Palace.
|Found in level|
- Laptop 5 is located in the first building that is searched for Al-Asad. The basement will have a room in the left corner where it will be found.
- Laptop 6 is located on the second floor of a ruined building found in the right path that leads to the street where the player engages the Technical.
- Laptop 7 is located in a building with external stairs found on the left path after the fight against the Technical.
- Your Show Sucks (20) - Destroy all the TVs broadcasting Al-Asad's speech.
- The Search (40) - Complete "Charlie Don't Surf" on Veteran difficulty.
- Main article: Charlie Don't Surf/Transcript
- At the end of the level, when the door is kicked in, it appears to explode with flames despite breaching with a shotgun.
- After roping down, look left a bit and one can see an Infinity Ward logo on a wall.
- The mission's title is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
- Before the player enters the TV station, beside the door there is a Infinity Ward logo on Arabic writing.
- If the player looks right after getting past the stairs leading to intel seven, one will see there is another technical that is intact with a M2 machine gun. However, it is unusable.
- The player can be killed if they are standing too close to breaching charges as they detonate.
- Listening closely to the TV with Al-Asad speaking, a player may notice he says a line that was not heard during The Coup level.
- Right before the encounter with the technical, there is a building on the right, where there are a few OpFor. Sometimes, one of them will be wielding an invisible M249 SAW that can be taken after killing him. The weapon is not invisible in the Remastered version.
- In the Wii version of the game the TV screens do not move and cannot be destroyed.
- In the office section of the TV station, if the initial Marines die, more Marines will constantly spawn with different names. They always spawn until every hostile in the room is dead.
- If the player listens closely to the rap CD Griggs puts into the radio at the end, one will hear that it is playing "Church," a rap song by Sean Price. The full song can be found in CoD's music folder ("armada_seanprice_church.m4a").
- On the Wii version, if the player pauses the game at any point after the first building, the map will show a green arrow (friendly) at the first building. If the player goes back to this point, a marine will still be guarding the breach process.
- If the player kills the driver of the technical and starts shooting the vehicle in order to destroy it, when it catches on fire the ammunition rounds will explode, making a sound like fireworks and leaving smoke trails in the air. The technical will then explode normally.
- If the enemy kills a Marine without glasses, then the dead Marine resembles a zombie with a Marine uniform on.
- It is possible to turn the TV's broadcasting of Al-Asad's speech off by pressing the 'use' key.
- There is a bombed house by the TV station's parking lot containing a few OpFor. If players jump up to a wall of the leveled house and jump to a nearby rooftop, they can exit the playable section of the level. If players then advance towards the dock at the opening of the mission, they may find a usable Browning machine gun. This gun never appears again ingame in a usable form. Its model clips through the player's default point of view when in use.
- In the Remastered version of Charlie Don't Surf, the machine gun is not present, and the rooftop sports a wet floor sign.
- On the second floor balcony of the TV station, the player can see an endless amount of spawning OpFor fighting an endless amount of spawning Marines.
- At the final breaching, if a player looks closely at the door, one can see that the Marine shooting the hinges completely misses them but still kicks the door down. This mistake was fixed in Modern Warfare Remastered.
- Interestingly, many shops have signs that are written in Urdu.