Malibu Surfing Association Autographed T-shirt and Trunks

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Date of Manufacture:
Early 1960s

Rare presentation set of Malibu Surfing Association items: professionally framed vintage Malibu Surfing Association t-shirt signed by many of the the original club members (bottom left) and 2 photos of the association one past and one taken recently.

To find a Malibu Surfing Association vintage shirt is tough but to find one signed by the inaugural members is impossible.

Included in this sale is the first sample pair of shorts ever made for the Malibu Surfing Club. The shorts are in immaculate condition. They have never been worn. The label inside indicates that they were made by Roy’s Sportswear, an old California brand with a wonderful story.

The Malibu Surfing Association is one of the first surf clubs in California and one of the oldest surf clubs in the world. Dedicated to the fellowship of surfing and to the stewardship of Malibu’s world-famous surf rider beach The Malibu Surfing Association (MSA) hosts the prestigious MSA Classic surf invitational, the premier, club-level surfing competition in the U.S. with more than 275 athletes representing clubs from California, Hawaii, the East Coast, Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Australia, and Spain competing in the perfect waves of First Point, Malibu.

In 1961 the club president was Jamie Budge, a stand out surfer and film director renowned for his 1960s surf film "The Californians" amongst others. The Club needed their own apparel and Jamie sourced them. This shirt is an original vintage club shirt with Malibu Surf Club member signatures in ink. The shorts were made by Roy’s Sportswear, a California icon created in 1952 by Roy (then 38) and Dody (then 27) Colbourn. 

The Colbourns owned Roy’s Cafe, a tiny yet popular surfer hang-out located steps away from State beach and down the road from Malibu Point. Realizing that surfers wanted trunks that were functional, durable and stylish Dody went to Santa Monica State College to master the art of pattern making. While Roy flipped made-to-order burgers, Dody measured guys for trunks and gals for bikinis. Roy called their clothing line Roy's cabana with a nod to the tents on the sand, at exclusive beach clubs then dotting State beach. In the mid-1960s, the business moved into a two-story factory in Santa Monica.

So there you have it, two iconic pieces of all original, early 1960s. Malibu Surfing Association garb with provenance, eye appeal and history. Decorative and collectible treasures of surfing's past, perfect to hang in a surf enthusiast's home or office.  


Frame Dimensions: 33.5 inches H  x 33.5 inches W x 2.5 inches D