"The sea is foamin' like a bottle of beer.
The wave is comin' but I ain't got no fear.
I'm waxin' down so that I'll go real fast
I'm waxin' down because it's really a blast."
So sang one of the most unlikely headliners ever to rock the U.S. Open of Surfing, but geek-rock icons Weezer fronted the seaside show Saturday with aplomb.
The decision by Weezer to headline a surfing event shocked many casual fans, but the band has always said that one of their key inspirations was the innocent, power pop harmonies of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.
Hurtled into fame during the heyday of grunge music, Weezer's 1994 eponymous first album is best known for self-deprecating hits like "Undone — The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly," but the above-referenced song, "Surf Wax America," is an unashamed, heart-on-sleeve tribute to the groundbreaking surf band that helped stir the fervor around the California youth scene in the 1960s.