Brave the Wave (Japanese: ムロジム！波乗りジムリーダー・トウキ登場！Muro Gym! Enter Touki the Surfing Gym Leader!) is the 20th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 294th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 10, 2003 and in the United States on February 7, 2004.
Ash charges out in the early morning, ready to challenge the Dewford Gym. He's followed by Max, May, and Brock who are all still wiping the sleep out of their eyes. Upon arriving at the door to the Gym, Ash is bowled over by a group of energetic surfers charging out of the door. The surfers are followed by a man who apologizes for the commotion and turns out to be none other than Brawly, the Dewford Gym Leader. Ash instantly asks for a match, but Brawly has plans to go surfing. Ash is irritated that Brawly won't accept the challenge, but he, May, Max, and Brock end up following Brawly and his surfer friends to the beach—much to his dismay. At the beach, Team Rocket is happily running a snack stand and they modify their motto to suit the service industry atmosphere. Of course, they see Ash and his friends arriving at the beach and begin devising a plot to steal Pikachu; although James is content to continue selling their frosty beverages. Brawly and his Makuhita begin surfing the waves.
On shore, Pikachu is caught by Team Rocket. They try to get away in a motor boat, but they are tailed by Makuhita on its surfboard. Makuhita rams into the boat, sending Pikachu flying into the water. Ash has Pikachu do a Thunderbolt attack to send Team Rocket blasting off again. Brawly then agrees to a 2-on-2 match with Ash. Ash uses his Taillow against Brawly's Machop. Brawly's Machop knocks out Taillow with a Karate Chop. Next Ash sends out Treecko, which knocks out Machop. Brawly then releases Makuhita against the already tiring Treecko. Just when it seems like Treecko won't give up, Makuhita evolves into Hariyama and finishes off Treecko. Ash takes Treecko to the Pokémon Center to rest up and regrets the fact that he put Treecko through such a tough fight. The episode ends with Ash deciding to stay on the island to train some more.
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They all have gotten to the Gym, seeing that the Gym says "brave the wave" Max thinks they are confident. Brock wonders if the Leader looks like Chuck from the Cianwood Gym. Ash says that it doesn’t matter, they can still win. He walks up to knock on the door, when a lot of girls come running out, knocking Ash over. A man follows them out and says that Ash should probably not take a nap there. Brock immediately begins to flirt with all the girls. The man wonders what Ash wants and Ash says that he is looking to challenge the Gym Leader. The man reveals that the Gym Leader is him and that his name is Brawly. Ash gets mad that Brawly will not battle him today, as he is going surfing. Ash wonders what kind of a Gym Leader he is but May and Brock tell him to relax and both head for the beach with Ash and Max grudgingly following them.
Many people are out surfing on the ocean already. Two people walk into a café, and find three people that recite a motto about food, creeping them out. Meowth says that the twerps have come and Jessie and James become excited, wanting to catch Pikachu.
The gang is standing on the beach when May says that she wants to go swimming. Without a break, she begins to take off her clothes, revealing a swimsuit underneath. Brock begins to call out to the girls when May sees Brawly. He sends out a Makuhita who goes surfing with him. Ash looks Makuhita up on his Pokédex. Ash gets mad that the guy won’t battle him to surf and says that he is going to challenge him right now.
Brawly and Makuhita are working on their surfing when Ash calls out to them, wanting a battle. Brawly admires his determination as Ash appears next to them, in the ocean. Brawly, Ash and Makuhita get washed up onto the shore, with Ash still begging for a battle.
Team Rocket then send a net out over Pikachu, capturing him. Pikachu attempts to shock them, but the net is electric proof. Brawly wonders who they are, and Team Rocket runs off. Brawly orders Makuhita to help Pikachu and he runs out into the ocean, hitting them and freeing Pikachu. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on them and they blast off.
Brawly finally agrees to battle Ash, much to his happiness. Ash is pumped as they are standing in the Gym. May wonders what his strategy is, but Max and Brock don’t think he has one. They warn Ash, but he says with Taillow he can win against a surfer dude.
Ash sends out Taillow as his first Pokémon, and Brawly counters with Machop. Ash tells Taillow to use Wing Attack, hitting Machop. Ash has Taillow use more Wing Attack, all of them hitting Machop. Ash wonders how Machop can still look so strong after getting hit so many times. Brock says that Machop is absorbing the blows so Ash has Taillow use Quick Attack. Brawly finally orders a move, Cross Chop, hitting Taillow square on and knocking it out. Brock realizes that surfing must have given advantage to Brawly’s Pokémon and tells Ash to stop using power attacks. Ash says that if they keep using power attacks then Brawly’s Pokémon will wear down eventually and says that he is sticking with his strategy.
Ash then sends out Treecko. He tells Treecko to use Pound continuously. Then he changes to Quick Attack when Machop gets tired but it misses. Ash orders Pound one more time, and it hits, knocking Machop out. Brawly says that this battle is getting interesting and May and Max think he is going to win. Brock says that he thinks Machop only fainted because it was tired from battling Taillow, and now Treecko is tired. Brawly sends out Makuhita and Ash has Treecko use Pound over and over. Makuhita dodges them all and Treecko begins to get tired. Ash then has Treecko use Quick Attack and Makuhita counters with Vital Throw, slamming Treecko to the ground. He then has Makuhita use Arm Thrust and everybody thinks Treecko is done when it gets back up, barely. Ash then orders Pound again and Makuhita counters with Seismic Toss. Treecko barely gets back up when Makuhita evolves into Hariyama. Brock tells Ash to give up and Brawly agrees, but Ash won’t give up. Ash has Treecko use Pound again, but Hariyama blocks it and uses Knock Off, slamming Treecko into the wall and knocking it out. Brawly tells Ash to get Treecko to a Pokémon Center.
Nurse Joy is helping Treecko and Ash asks if it will be okay. Nurse Joy says that physically is it fine, but forcing a Pokémon to battle that hard she did not like. She tells Ash that it needs rest and his friends agree. Ash gets mad at them saying that they were so close to winning but they lost to a leader who would rather be surfing then training. Brock tells him to knock it off but Ash told him to shut up and runs out of the room.
Ash and Pikachu are walking along the beach in the sunset. Ash says that he should never have done that to Treecko. They see Brawly out surfing with Hariyama, helping it get used to its new form. He tells Hariyama that if Ash had battled with a level head, things might have been different so they need to keep training. Ash them walks up to Brawly and tells him that Treecko will be fine. Ash then apologizes for thinking surfing was worthless. Brawly tells him that playing in nature becomes training. Ash then apologizes to his friends and Ash says that he wants to stay on the island and train for his rematch.