TGIF (TG for short) began in the late 1960s when graduate students at SIO were given the
use of T-8, a one-story house on the southern edge of campus. In 1968, a volunteer
student committee helped renovate T-8, adding a ping-pong room, a pool table, and a
surfboard storage area. Weekly TG gatherings began at T-8 (now renamed Surfside) in
January 1968, with the express purpose of providing 'a friendly atmosphere where the
entire SIO community could meet and get better acquainted.'
Recent renovations have modernized Surfside, helping it to continue as a popular lounge
and gathering area for SIO graduate students. Surfside is available for student use and
hosts a variety of social, club, and academic events for members of the SIO community,
with TG being the most prominent.