Watch the The Sea Generation online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Surf Guitar
There are two surf bands in my opinion that standout in the 80's and they were both from the Bay Area. The Aqua Velvets defined their sound by using strings, horns, keyboards, and exotic instruments. The arrangements have more of a cinematic quality. The Mermen do an amazing job of marrying 80's alternative rock and surf. Although The Mermen didn't limit themselves to surf, they did an amazing job of changing the sound of the genre. Imagine if Johnny Marr from The Smiths started a surf band. This study will focus on The Mermen's style of surf.