The Surfaris were an American surf rock band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. They are best known for two songs that hit the charts in the Los Angeles area, and nationally by May 1963: “Surfer Joe” and “Wipe Out”, which were the A-side and B-side of the same 45 rpm single. The original band members were Ron Wilson (drums, vocals), Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Bob Berryhill (rhythm guitar) and Pat Connolly (bass).
In the fall of 1962, Southern California high school students Jim Fuller and Pat Connolly called friend and guitarist Berryhill for a practice session at Berryhill’s house. The trio practiced for about 4 hours and met drummer Wilson at a high school dance later that evening, whereupon the band was born. “Wipe Out” was written and recorded by the quartet later that winter, with the song reaching #2 nationally in 1963 before becoming an international hit.
Saxophone player Jim Pash joined after their “Wipe Out” / “Surfer Joe” recording sessions at Pal Studios.
Jack Oldham played bass, replacing original member Pat Connolly, and toured with the Surfaris during 1967 and 1968.
Ken Forssi, later of Love, played bass with The Surfaris after Jack Oldham.