The original surf shirt, woven of
machine washable wool in our
American mills since the 1950s.
Before wetsuits, 1950s-era California surfers layered Pendleton shirts and trunks over petroleum jelly to stay warm on the waves. On shore, surfers wore the same wool shirts over khakis, and a trend was born. The Pendleton Board Shirt–a favorite among surfers then–remains our most popular men’s shirt today.
The Beach Boys were part of the craze. Originally called The Pendletones, they wore blue Pendleton Board Shirts on the cover of several records and albums, including Surfer Girl and Surfin’ Safari. That pattern–now called Original Surf Plaid–is still available. The Majorettes also name-dropped Pendleton in their 1963 hit “White Levis”: "My boyfriend’s always wearin’ white Levi’s...his surfin’ hat and a big plaid Pendleton shirt."
True to our roots, the Surf Pendleton collection blends performance with a modern twist on vintage surf style. The line launched in 2014 with a limited-edition collaboration with legendary surf brand Reyn Spooner®, as well as a Pendleton surfboard.