A modern icon to celebrate 60 years. Inspired by the timeless styles of those early days, the horizontal stripes and classic colors are designed to look great now and for another 60 to come. Classic shorter length.
In 1961, with a surf scene just gaining steam in Southern California, Carrie Birdwell Mann sewed the first pairs of “Birdies” for her sons. Hoping to replace the canvas shorts popular with surfers at the time with something more functional, she found inspiration in the sails of the boats docked at nearby Newport Beach. Originally working with off-the-shelf spinnaker cloth, she soon commissioned Birdwell’s signature nylon fabric, SurfNyl™️, and replicated the two-layer construction and triple seams of the most durable sails.
Since then we’ve gone on to make quite a bit more, but we’re still doing just that—handmaking the highest quality board shorts right here in Southern California. They’ve been carefully refined over the years, but the design has stood the tests of time and surf and sun remarkably well. Each pair of our 311 board shorts is hand-cut from our proprietary SurfNyl™️ and sewn by expert craftspeople in Santa Ana, California and guaranteed for life.