Over the years only a few measurements have been made of surf zone ambient noise. Recently, however, several sets of data have been taken in and near the surf zone in conjunction with coastal oceanography and seismoacoustic studies. In this talk, an overview is given of past and present surf zone studies and differing approaches are discussed and contrasted. The variety of results now starting to come forward from the new data are outlined. Important issues opened by these recent results and new applications anticipated are discussed as well.