By Steven Mirkin
Updated December 05, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

The Wave Benders quintet works hard to re-create the sound of classic surf music. And that’s the problem: Surfin’ Christmas shouldn’t be such hard work. Even such a carefree classic as ”Rudolph” sounds like it was performed with sweatily furrowed brows. Better to check out the wonderful Christmas With the Ventures.