Watch the The Sea Generation online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Surf Guitar
For this study, our progression is pretty simple. The track is in C. In the first section, the progression is C to Am or I to vi. The second section is G to Am, or V to vi. The rhythm has a surf beat, but the bass is driving 8th notes more than traditional surf. You'll also notice a high chimey guitar playing 8ths. We'll be using a lot of open strings to fill out the sound and leaning a little heavier on the effects. I'm using chorus, delay, and spring reverb.