During a recent trip to Long Beach for the International Motorcycle Show, I managed to stop by the Katin Surf Shop in Surfside. In business since 1959, Walter and Nancy Katin began making board shorts after a local surfer suggested they use their skills sewing canvas boat covers to produce a pair of shorts that he could surf in. According to their website, "Walter went to his sewing machine and with the help of the sturdy boat canvas whipped up the first pair of Kanvas by Katin surf trunks." Word of Nancy and Walter's creation quickly spread and the Katins were suddenly in the surf trunk business.
Along with their famous 'Kanvas by Katin' surf trunks, Katin now manufactures a wide variety of textile goods, to include a full line of t-shirts and sweatshirts, all of which are made right here in the USA.
Wall full of 'Kanvas by Katin' surf trunks. I didn't buy a pair. Did pick up a few t-shirts, though.
They also had a solid collection of surfboards. Both short and long. Some nice logs. Fancy looking fish.
Additional info on the Katins and their now famous surf shop is available here.