Surfing and music have always worked together. When modern surfing was born, the music was there; play a very important role in creating the perfect environment for the so-called surf culture.
In the early 1960s, Californian surfers discovered surf music. In fact, they made it up. The Beach Boys have arrived, inspiring the first generation of modern surfing.
Light harmonies, cool tunes and catchy riffs: The Beach Boys were a big influence on interest in surfing and the perfect soundtrack for endless surf trips through the Californian sun. Led by a non-surfer by Brian Wilson (the only one in the group not to surf!), The group’s popularity has crossed the oceans. Their songs have been adopted by Australian and European surfers as anthems.
Fender guitars, electric pianos and saxophones are real instruments of surf music. The Bel-Airs, The Challengers, The Shadows, The Atlantics, Dick Dale and the Del-Tones and the Surfaris topped the charts, but it was “Pet Sounds”, the Beach Boys’ eleventh studio album, that came along. to be considered the iconic collection of surf songs.
After the pioneers came the followers. Donavon Frankenreiter, Jack Johnson, The Phantom Surfers and Reef (and many more) have rephrased the original surf classics with fresh and cool new sounds.
Many surfers around the world see Weezer, the band led by Rivers Cuomo, as the perfect example of new alternative surf music. Weezer started in the 90s and has always delivered perfect songs to give you the go-ahead for a session. Search for “Surf Wax America” ââand “Island in the Sun” and be delighted.
If you want to learn more about surf music, don’t miss “Sound of the Surf”, a documentary film that brings together the surf songs that have influenced the rock genre; starting with the first sounds heard in California in the 1950s and 1960s.
Surf music is in the DNA of the history of surf culture. Take a look at our list of surf bands and artists and listen to your highlights.
List of surf groups and surf singers / songwriters
Bob Vaught and the renegades
Dave Myers and the Surftones
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones
Denvermen by Digger Revell
Eddie and the showmen
Jan and Dean
Jim Messina and the jesters
Jim Waller and the Deltas
Johnny Devlin and the Devils
Jon and the Nightriders
The Avengers VI
Boys of joy
The mighty lords of surfing
The Rays of the Moon
The new dimensions
The original Surfaris
The rubbish bins
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