In the late 1950s, Nancy and Walter Katin were in the business of making canvas boat covers, and the “multi” billion dollar surf wear industry of the late nineties and beyond was all but unimaginable. Yet one day a young man came into the Katin’s shop in Surfside, California, complaining of the difficulty in finding a pair of swim shorts durable enough to stand up to the then-quirky pastime of surfboard riding. Walter focused on a vision with his sewing machine and some of the sturdy boat canvas previously used for boat covers and whipped up the first pair of Kanvas by Katin surf trunks . The surfer was stoked. Word of Nancy and Walter’s creation quickly spread up and down the coast, and the Katin’s were suddenly in the surf trunk business. The American surf wear industry was born.
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