The Atlantics !
One of the greatest nstrumental surf groups did not even hail from America. The Atlantics, despite their name, were an Australian combo (hello Brownie) who not only emulated the sound of alifornia surf music, but ranked among its very best practitioners. Featuring a reverb-heavy, extremely "wet" sound, the Atlantics attacked original material, standards, and movie themes with a nervy blend of precision and over-the-top intensity. As in Dick Dale's music, touches of Middle Eastern influences can be detected in the rhythms of melodies (some members of the group claimed Greek and Egyptian heritage). But Beatlemania (damn those guys) spelled commercial death for the Atlantics, as it did for U.S. surf combos, in 1964 and 1965. After several albums and a few more equally fine nstrumental singles, the Atlantics became a vocal group in the last half of the '60s, but are most renowned for their instrumental recordings.
And NO, it’s not the Shadows.
The Atlantics - Gremlin From The Kremlin
The Atlantics - Arabian Surf