Surf rock , with its "wavy guitar sounds" and rollicking beats are a musical onomatopoeia for the thrills of a sun-drenched sport.
The song, a 12-bar blues driven by Ron Wilson's drum solo.
The Surfaris formed in 1962 while the members of the band were still in high school. They played teen dances and talent shows, and by January the following year, they had an original, "Surfer Joe."
We met at a place in the California desert called Cucamonga, and recorded Surfer Joe.
A 45 requires a B side, but they had not written another song so Ronnie started playing the famous Wipe Out solo and in about 10 minutes we had the song together.
They added a gimmick introduction, a broken plaster soaked board close to the mic, a laugh, and screamed wipe out.
The tape went to Hollywood, and by July 1963 it was #2 on the Billboard top 100.
They were soon touring Japan, Australia, and the U.S. with Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, the Righteous Brothers, and The Ventures!