surf raiders discography & price guide

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



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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”.

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.

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