Instrumental surf music was unique during the sixties, developing within the culture of the sport and attempting to convey the feeling and rhythm of surfing through music. This music was a regional phenomenon known mostly to the west coast of Southern California. ( Dalley, Gold Mine)
One group to emerge to international status was the Surfaris from Glendora, CA writers, recording artists and performers of the hit song, Wipe Out.
During the recording session in late 1962, it was suggested that a gimmick sound indicating a wipe out off a surfboard be emulated. The final result was the sound of cracking boards and that crazy laugh for the introduction. The song was written quickly on the spot, because a B side was needed for Surfer Joe. The single was born that night at Pal Studios in Cucamonga, California. The four members recording were Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson.
Wipe Out was initially released on an independent label named DFS. It was picked up by Dot records where it became a million-seller and MCA and Universal have licensed it to different labels for distribution, like Varese Sarabande and Rhino. Wipe Out has been covered by artists such as the Ventures, drummer for The Scorpions, plus others, and has been widely used in commercials and movie sound tracks such as Meet the Parents, starring Robert de Niro and the animation, Surf’s Up.