Executed by pressing forward and all three kicks, Blanka leaps toward his opponent. By pressing back and all three kicks, Blanka backflips away from his opponent.
With this move in Blanka's arsenal, he has access to a command dash forward or backward. Blanka can cover about halfscreen length in one leap. He can use this move at will to either escape offensive pressure, or to quickly close the distance between him and his opponent. If close enough, Blanka can slip past his opponent and end up on the other side. However, while he can use this move to pass through his opponent, it can't be used to pass through attacks.
Surprise Forward's primary use is to cross-up opponents after hard knockdown to create the mix-up situations. This can throw off other charge characters when fighting against Blanka. It is often used set up throws or to open up his opponent's defenses. This move also allows Blanka to move forward while holding a down charge. If he suspects his opponent may try to escape pressure, he has his Vertical Roll fully charged and ready for usage.
- This attack may have been the predecessor to the modern Dash mechanic with it's rapid, temporary, and blocking not possible while moving workings.