Handcrafted in California. Sweatshop Free. Since Forever. Est 1998.
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Our Story

Born on the beach. And California made.  Since forever.






Back in '98 I was struggling to find the "right" pair of high-quality board shorts that fit properly. A pair that had enough "ease" throughout to allow me to comfortably enjoy the active beach and water sports lifestyle I love.  And a pair that was actually Cut + Sewn in the United States, sweatshop-free, instead of China or India or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka or some other USA-manufacturing-jobs-robbing country. 

All this inspired me to go out there and create something I couldn't find.  After roaming the streets of the Los Angeles Garment District to find some perfect quick-drying, non-shrinking, and non-fading fabrics, I started developing (and redeveloping) the first sewing pattern. About 3 weeks later, Speed Racer was born and would become the first board short style for XELOS Brand Clothing.

Initial distribution of our XELOS board shorts was through a network of independent surf + resort specialty shops throughout the US, Caribbean and Europe.  We launched this online store in 2005 after overwhelming demand from people who had picked up a pair at a retailer and wanted to see a wider variety than the 3 or 4 styles carried by their nearest dealer.

We've been privledged to ship our board shorts to some big-name customers like Larry Page (Google co-founder), Tony Robbins (best-selling author and life coach), and Sandra Bullock (actress) to name a few.  And we've also had the privilege of supplying bulk board shorts to some big-name companies like Nickelodeon ("pool party" costumes for The Fresh Beat Band), Discovery Channel (Shark Week), Sea World, Six FlagsUniversal Studios, and the Georgia Aquarium (Dolphin Show animal trainer uniforms) and the list goes on. With 20 years of experience in apparel manufacturing, we're comfortable with orders small and large.  So whether you just need a couple boardies for yourself or a couple thousand for a company gig or event, we'll satisfy your needs stress-free.





We look forward to you joining the family! Thanks for supporting USA manufacturing and we appreciate your visit to Board Shorts World.  See you out on the water!

Steve and Julie


    XELOS is a federally registered trademark (#2224343) of SJ Williams Industries, Inc. Huntington Beach, California USA