Before neoprene wetsuits were available, surfers in California would slather themselves in petroleum jelly and wear a wool shirt from Pendleton to fight off the Pacific’s cold. The technique was so popular that the Beach Boys, originally called the Pendletones, can be seen wearing the shirt on the cover of Surfin’ Safari, their 1962 debut album.
Though a lot has changed in wetsuit technology in the past half-century, Pendleton’s design remains unchanged. No longer a necessity for battling cold-water, the Board Shirt is now Pendleton’s best selling shirt. Cut from machine-washable wool from Umatilla County, Oregon, the shirt has two chest flap pockets, a button closure and straight back yoke with side pleats. If this classic American shirt resonates with you, Zappos is now offering 33 percent off of the Blue Beach Boys Plaid colorway.
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