Surfline "Traditionally, the 'surf car,' meaning any car owned by an avid surfer, must serve two basic (with several peripheral) purposes: 1) it must somehow be able to accommodate a cluster of surfboards, either internally or up top on racks and 2) it must look cool enough to turn both female and male heads when rolled up to any surf spot." by Greg Heller
'As boards shrunk, minds opened and Baja fever spread, specific needs have ebbed and flowed, but the aforementioned basic principles have remained the same.
'"The Woody" was the first car linked specifically to surfing, and to many it is still the quintessential wave wagon. Built in the '30s and '40s by companies such as Chevy, Ford, Buick, Oldsmobile -- and since extinct DeSoto, Packard, Hudson and Willys-Overland -- the ornate cars crafted of shiny wood (typically ash or oak) were originally conceived to pick up or drop off passengers at train depots or stations, hence their original names "depot wagon" or, later, "station wagon."'