KATIN VAULT: Reno Abellira Just Passing Through With Katin

KATIN VAULT: Reno Abellira Just Passing Through With Katin

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Classic video of surf legend Reno Abellira cruising in his Katin surf trunks. Circa 1970s. 

Champion surfers of the time, including Reno, Shaun Tomson, Peter Townend, Reno Abelliro and Gerry Lopez, to name a few, wore Katin surf trunks, purely out of passion and for a deeply rooted respect for these impressive trunks and their creators, Walter and Nancy. Even notorious surfer Eddie Aikau was photographed wearing Katin surf trunks.

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#KATINVAULT: 1982 Katin PRO/AM Competition Poster

#KATINVAULT: 1982 Katin PRO/AM Competition Poster

A retro poster ad for the 1982 Katin Pro/Am surf contest. #tbt

The annual PRO/AM, started in 1977 by Nancy Katin herself, held at the Huntington Beach Pier not only featured some of the world’s best surfers, but also provided an arena for the young, talented surfers from beaches all across the U.S. to compete alongside their heroes.

 Champion surfers such as Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Sunny Garcia and Kelly Slater have gone on to win the PRO/AM. 

 

 

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#KATINVAULT: Nancy Katin Sitting Stylish

#KATINVAULT: Nancy Katin Sitting Stylish

This week's Katin vault discovery comes from the stylishly badass Nancy Katin. Here she is in her cutting edge, retro outfit while peering out from under her Vivianne Westwood-looking hat at a local surf tournament. 

Apparently Nancy was not only the First Lady of Surfing but also the most fashion-forward one on so Cal's beaches! 

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#KATINVAULT: Everybody's Katin's Korner

#KATINVAULT: Everybody's Katin's Korner
This week's throwback from the Katin Vault features another classic 1970s ad showing the Kanvas by Katin shop. Standing in front of the shop are some local legends, including pro surfers Mike Purpus, Steve Seebold, Bob Ballou and more, as well as @RustySurfboards founder Rusty Preisendorfer, all rocking their favorite Katin threads. Circa 1973.
Ads and editorial spreads like this covered nearly every newspaper or magazine in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and always featured some of the world's greatest surfers sporting their Katin trunks. 
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#KATINVAULT: S'Katin in Katin with Russ Howell

#KATINVAULT: S'Katin in Katin with Russ Howell
"The favorite of the greatest surfers is now the first choice of the world's finest skate riders." A rad 1960s ad featuring the first professional skateboarder, Russ Howell, skating in his Katin shorts and graphic tee, next to a shot of Nancy Katin herself with the pro skater.

Aside from making it into the Thrasher Hall of Fame, Russ also set a Guinness World record for longest handstand on a skateboard (2 minutes) and another for the most 360s.
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#KatinVault: Trunks Talk

#KatinVault: Trunks Talk
This week's Katin throwback from our surf vault is this authentic 1970s magazine spread featuring young surf legends Claude Codgen, Yancy Spencer, Richard Munson and more, all sporting their Katin trunks. 
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#KatinVault: Tom Curren at the Katin PRO/AM

#KatinVault: Tom Curren at the Katin PRO/AM
This week's Katin throwback features a young pro surfer, Tom Curren, carving out a space on the historic 1983 Katin Pro/Am surf contest flyer. 

In 1976, Nancy Katin initiated the annual Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge, at the north side of the Huntington Beach pier, a team event where amateur surfers competed alongside the pros. Surf legends such as Kelly Slater, Shaun Tomson, Greg Mungall and more competed and won the Katin Pro/Am contest.
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#KatinVault: Nancy and Her Boys

#KatinVault: Nancy and Her Boys
This week's Katin Vault discovery features another epic photograph straight from the Kanvas by Katin surf shop. 
This is a photograph from 1970 of Nancy Katin with local surfer rocking his custom trunks outside the Katin shop.
Nancy became known as the “First Lady of Surfing,” not only because of her quality clothing, but also because she genuinely befriended the surfers that came to her shop, and even acted as second mom to most. Despite the initial local dislike for the sport of surfing, Nancy always made sure that Katin’s small surf shop had a counter, with a couch and chairs, for any and all surfers to kick back, relax and swap stories.
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#KATINVAULT: Explorer Curran Dand's Dad Sports Katin

#KATINVAULT: Explorer Curran Dand's Dad Sports Katin
Vintage photograph of our Katin Explorer Curran Dand's father sporting his custom Katin surf trunks back in the day.
Now Curran is rocking his own Katins as a current ambassador for our Katin Explorer team.

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#KatinVault: Kicking Back with Katin

#KatinVault: Kicking Back with Katin
This week's Katin Vault discovery is a rad, vintage photograph of legendary pro surfers, Larry Bertlemann (left) and Mark Purpus (right), who is pictured sporting his Katin trunks, taking a moment to kick back and relax under the sun. 
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