Surf’s Up is partially recorded by the Beach Boys from 1966-1967, but is shelved until 1971, when it is released as the title track for the album Surf’s Up. Written by Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson. In discussing technology used by the band, Al Jardine states:
The mini-moog became our instrument of choice right around 1970. That was our bass sound for a while during the Sunflower and Surf’s Up era.