In the late 1950s, Nancy and Walter Katin were in the business of making canvas boat covers, when one day a young man came into the Katins' 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 went to his sewing machine and with of the sturdy boat canvas and whipped up the first pair of Kanvas by Katin surf trunks. The American surf wear industry was born. By the time the sport of surfing boomed in popularity in the mid-1960s with the Gidget/Beach Boys-era, Katins were firmly entrenched as the grooviest surf trunk around. Quality, durability and good looks has long been the Katin motto and the Katin quality remains better than ever.