310 Board Shorts
A modern icon, subtly refined over a half century of surf and sun. Classic shorter length.
The original “Birdies” were born in 1961, when surf mom Carrie Birdwell Mann sewed the first pairs for her sons in her Southern California living room. Hoping to replace the canvas shorts popular with surfers at the time with something safer and 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 and an American icon was born.
The 310 board short holds closest to Ms. Birdwell’s original design — lightly modernized and improved over more than 50 years of field testing by lifeguards and surfers who depend on their Birdies to last a lifetime of waves. Each pair of our 310 board shorts is hand cut from our proprietary SurfNyl™️ and sewn by expert craftspeople in Santa Ana, California. With a simple button fly, a tab closure for an adjustable fit, and a timelessly appealing contrast stitch, these will never go out of style.
- Features: Triple lace closure with nickel plated grommets. Birdie woven label on center back of waistband. Signature Birdwell wax pocket with key loop and interior drain hole. Nylon drawcord. Button fly with clear buttons.
- Fit: Short length. Outseams range between 14” – 18” depending on your waist size. Tab closure allows for minor adjustments in fit.
- Fabric: SurfNyl™️ exterior and lining for strength, comfort, and durability.
- Construction: Fail safe clean finished double- and triple-stitched seams. Hand cut and sewn in Santa Ana, CA.
- Care: Machine wash cold. No Bleach. HANG DRY ONLY.
In 1961 Carrie Birdwell Mann transformed her small southern California home into a sewing room and store, launching Birdwell Beach Britches. It was one of the first businesses specializing in surf wear, making her living room one of the first surf shops. Her first employees were her husband and son. Her first customers were lifeguards in Newport Beach.
Mrs. Birdwell’s first product? Two-ply nylon beach britches built for surfing, her own invention. When Mrs. Birdwell got her first order of 100 pairs of beach britches from a shop in Huntington Beach, she hired one seamstress and put the rest of her family to work. Over the years, all seven Birdwell children worked for the company, sweeping floors, making coffee, and running errands.
For more than 50 years, Birdwell Beach Britches have become a multi-generational part of families and the stories they tell: an ocean rescue made possible by red Birdies being waved overhead, the strength of Birdwell’s two-ply britches saving a surfer from being cut by a reef, or the Beach Britches worn by a man who proposed to his wife on the beach 30 years ago.
In 2014, the Birdwell’s entrusted us with keeping their family tradition alive. While we no longer sell out of Mrs. Birdwell’s living room, our original factory and factory store is still a place for family to gather. Seamstresses have worked with us for over 40 years and sons come and buy Beach Britches for their fathers, who introduced them to the brand years ago.
What holds us together is a family-pride in making purpose-built apparel and accessories, designed for life at the beach and built by hand to endure no matter where the journey takes you.