surf raiders discography & price guide

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THE SURF RAIDERS Discography & Price Guide is the second of three articles on Bob Dalley and his group The Surf Raiders and his book Surfin’ Guitars. This is probably the most complete listing of the group’s records ever published. It is also most likely the most accurate if generalized price guide for the group’s records.

The first part is “Surfing Guitars And Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Early ’60s” and reviews Dalley’s book on that topic. The third part is “The Further Adventures Of The Surf Raiders,” which is a brief biography and overview of the group’s history.


The values of the records and compact discs below have been updated to reflect the market in 2020.


As many collectors are unaware of the various pressings of some of the records below, differences between first and later pressings have not been established. Hence the 1:2 spread between low and high values assigned each item.

The Avid Record Collector (that’s me, folks!) used Popsike and Gripsweat as references for establishing values. Note that many of these records can be found at swaps, cons, and faires for less than listed below.


45 rpm singles




The image at the top is of the A-side of the Surf Raiders’ first single, the bottom image is on the B-side. The light blue-gray label is the first pressing, while the yellow label is the second. Both are equally hard to find.

 Surf Wax 101              The Curl Rider / Let There Be Surf                    $ 30-40
 Surf Wax 101 features the original versions of The Curl Rider and Let There Be Surf.
First pressing of 100 copies has light blue-gray labels (above top).
Second pressing of 100 copies has yellow labels (above bottom).



Surf Wax 102             Point Conception ’63 (slow version)  / Crash          $ 40-80
This slow version of Point Conception could only be found on this single until the Surfin’ Fever CD was released.
• First pressing of 100 copies has dark blue labels.
• There was a recent sale listed on Popsike for 
$89 in 2016, which seems rather high. 



Surf Wax 103             Unknown / Point Conception (fast version)           $ 40-80
First pressing of 100 copies has maroon labels. There was a recent sale listed on Popsike of $89 in 2016, which seems rather high.  

Surf Wax 104             Gum Dipped Slicks / Squad Car                               $ 10-20
Surf Wax 104             Gum Dipped Slicks / Squad Car (picture sleeve)    $ 10-20
First pressing of 100 copies has maroon labels.





A limited pressing of 100 one-sided copies of the Bobbette record were made on see-through blue vinyl with a blank flip-side. I was unable to find any documented sales upon which to assess a real market value.

Bobbette 373              Steel Pier / Shortnin’ Board (black vinyl)              $ 15-30
Bobbette 373 contains unreleased material from the Surf Bound album.



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Surf Wax 106             Surf Busters / Long Boards At San Onofre        $ 20-40
First pressing of 100 copies has pink labels.



Surf Wax 100            Waikiki Run / Pipeline                                                 $ 15-30
Surf Wax 100 is credited to the Original Surf Raiders (Dalley, Davis, Rodriguez, and Tanner) and contains tracks from the group’s early practice tapes.
• Limited pressing of 225 copies.


33 rpm shaped-records




Following in the wake of the pre-occupation with colored vinyl and picture discs, the 1980s brought us the novelty of “shaped-discs”: record molded in peculiar shapes. The Surf Raiders provided there fans with four such discs and included a sheet of paper with technical information. These are erroneously referred to as “picture sleeves” by some sellers; they are more accurately called one-sided informational or idenitficational (sic) inserts.

Erika/Azra AE-055       Monster Mash                                                             $ 10-20
Erika/Azra AE-055 is a one-sided, 33⅓ rpm pumpkin-shaped picture-disc.
•  Limited edition of 500 copies issued in a clear plastic sleeve with a numbered paper insert.


Erika/Azra SH-01    The Surf Raiders                                                                 $ 10-20
Erika/Azra SH-01 is a one-sided, 33⅓ rpm ‘Surf Raider’-shaped disc in various colors.
• Limited edition of 500 copies issued in a clear plastic sleeve with a numbered paper insert.



Several different photos were used in making The Surf Raider picture disc, with these two above have very different flavoring.

Erika/Azra AE-060      The Surf Raider                                                          $ 10-20
Erika/AzraAE-060 is a one-sided, 33⅓ rpm rectangle-shaped logo disc with various photos.
• Limited edition of 500 copies issued in a clear plastic sleeve with a numbered paper insert.


Erika/Azra 104         Little St. Nick                                                                    $ 10-20
Erika/Azra 104 is a one-sided, 33⅓ rpm Christmas-tree-shaped disc on green vinyl.
• Limited edition of 500 copies issued in a clear plastic sleeve with a numbered paper insert. 



Extended-play albums (EPs)



Surf ‘n 81 (Moxie M-1039,) was the group’s first seven-inch EP. Copies of this EP with the jacket and the record in NM condition are rather rare and sell for $30-50, much less than the rarity should suggest.

Moxie 1039                 Surfin’ ’81                                                                           $ 20-30
Moxie 1039 contains live versions of Curl Rider, Let There Be Surf, Wild Weekend, Squad Car, Church Key, and Gum Dipped Slicks.




Surf Wax 1002           California Surf                                                               $ 10-20
Surf Wax 1002 contains Steel Pier, Egyptian Surf, Surf Drums, Surf Party, and Surfin’ Elephant.




Archives BA-0703   Live At The Whisky A-Go Go                                       $ 15-30
• Double-record EP contains live versions from 6/24/82: Pipeline - Squad Car - Midnight Run - High Tide - Steel Pier - Gum Dipped Slicks - Scratch - The Wedge



Long-play (LP) albums



Surf Wax SWST-1001   Raiders Of The Lost Surf                                      $ 35-50
• The first pressing was 1,000 copies on opaque, marbleized-blue vinyl.

Surf Wax SWST-1001   Raiders Of The Lost Surf                                      $  15-20
• The second pressing was 1,000 copies on a dark, translucent blue vinyl. 

Surf Wax SWST-1001   Raiders Of The Lost Surf                                      Unknown
There was also a pressing on opaque black vinyl of only 100 copies intended for disc-jockeys. Needless to say, this is a rather rare record with no reported sales on the Internet.




Surf Wax SWST-1002   Surf Bound                                                                  $ 35-50




Surf Wax SWST-1003   On The Beach!                                                            $ 15-20



Compact-disc (CD) albums



Condor Classix 9109   Surfin’ Fever                                                                  $ 5-10
This is a compact disc compilation of twenty-five previously released tracks. This album was reissued by GNP-Crescendo in 2009; it has a nominal used CD value.

Surf Wax SWST-2003   The Original Surf Raiders                                    $ 5-10
• This album consists of the group’s original practice tapes from April-July 1980.

Surf Wax SWST-1001   Raiders Of The Lost Surf                                       $ 5-10
• This is a reissue of the LP with four bonus cuts

Surf Wax SWST-1002   Surf Bound                                                                 $ 5-10
• This is a reissue of the LP with four bonus cuts

Surf Wax SWST-1003   On The Beach                                                             $ 5-10
• This is a reissue of the LP.



Various Artists Albums

Each album includes at least one—and usually only one—Surf Raiders track. All the albums below are vinyl LP records; compact discs are noted with an asterisk (*) following the catalog number. All albums are domestic US releases unless otherwise noted.

Various artists compilations have very little collector interest; except for the rare or desirable title, most are found readily for a cuppla bucks. Hence I did not assign any values to the albums below . . . 


GNPS-2152                      Bustin’ Surfboards
GNPS-2152*                   Bustin’ Surfboards

Rhino RNLP-054            History Of Surf Music, Vol. 3 – The Revival



Japan JAL-2309              History Of Surf Music, Vol. 3 (Japan)

Independent World         Independent World Vol. 1 (Germany)

What Surf W12-2406      What Surf?



What Surf W12-2409     What Surf? II



Iloiki 1008                        What Surf? III



NPR 9412*                        NPR’S International Beach Ball, Vol. 1 (Germany)

GNP Crescendo ???*       Sampler Vol. 4 – 40th Anniversary 1954-1994



CMUSIC Sampler 2*         Sounds From the Inside Vol. 2 (Australia)

Rhino R2 72418*               Cowabunga! – The Surf Box Set

ZYX CD 55061-2*              The Cult Of Surfing (Germany)

ZYX 11039-2*                     The World Of Surf Music (Germany)



Gee Dee 270135-2*          Smells Like Teen Spirit (Germany)



Anubis RCD 009*              Tuberider (Croatia)



ZYX 82821-2*                     Surf Music (Germany)



ZYX 090204707485*      Surf Music Hits (Germany)



FEATURED IMAGE: This great piece of art is by Bill Ogden and is titled “Wave Study (Peak)” from 1992. I found this image on Ralph’s Pic of the Week website, where “Surfing heals all wounds.” Be the first on your block to read the complete “Lord of the Surf” trilogy here on Rather Rare Records!

1. Surfing Guitars And Instrumental Surf Bands Of The Early ‘60s
2. Surf Raiders Discography & Price Guide
3. A Complementary If Brief Surf Raiders Bio/Overview



4 thoughts on “surf raiders discography & price guide”

  1. if the surf raiders printed sheet that came with the 4 inch disks aren’t called picture sleeves what do you call them neal? i call them “promo inserts”.

  2. Some great music, I bought most of it at the time and treasure it highly. The group were committed to keeping the surf music alive and they did it in a highly professional manner. Surf is well and truly up.

  3. TREV

    Glad you enjoyed it then and enjoy it still! There will be a third part in which I present a brief bio of the Surf Raiders ...

    Their trials, their tribulations.

    Their grit, their soul.

    Their Facebook page ...



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