Surf music is a form of guitar-led instrumental rock music which evolved in the early 1960s. Pioneering surf musicians included bands such as Dick Dale and the Deltones, The Surfaris (of “Wipe Out” fame), and composers like Paul Johnson of The Belairs. Surf music is also at the crux of The Beach Boy's fame. “International Surf Music Month” is endorsed by a coalition of international surf bands with the support of the North East Surf Music Alliance (NESMA). Surf music events are planned for the month of June throughout the world.
The public may not be aware that specialized instruments and amps focus on a reverb sound and guitar techniques that mimic the sound and feel of surfing. Current surf bands continue to play the classic tunes from the 1960s and later, while composing new surf music and releasing original recordings to expand the style.