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Original Watermen recently donated more than 400 pieces of clothing to outreach organization Urban Surf 4 Kids.

Original Watermen recently donated more than 400 pieces of clothing to outreach organization Urban Surf 4 Kids.

The holiday donation, comprised of the company’s own board shorts, casual, and surf apparel, was granted to the organization just in time for the holidays. This year marks the second occasion wherein the Watermen has made a holiday donation to the charitable organization. Original Watermen is a California-based manufacturer and retailer of lifeguard apparel and board and compression shorts. The company has long been at the forefront of efforts to support community initiatives and outreach organizations, with previous years having seen similar donations to organizations such as the San Diego-based Brother Benno's, and a host of junior lifeguard agencies in and around the area.

Urban Surf 4 Kids is itself an outreach organization that provides a variety of services centered on addressing the needs of orphans and foster children. The organization has established a number of youth-oriented community projects and activities, many of them involving the watersports for which the location is so ideally suited. For the founders and administrations of the organization, the donation made by such community figures as the Watermen reaffirm their commitment to what they truly believe is a worthy cause.

The Original Watermen brand itself has long been closely tied with efforts to help the community and to foster good relationships among its residents. The company started out from humble beginnings in 1978, when founder Ken Miller operated the mostly solo endeavor out of the back of a beat up VW bus parked down on the beach. After endless nights of toil producing boardshorts and an array of surfing and lifeguard clothing, Ken managed to build a small following of devotees in the surrounding area. Word quickly spread about the guy who was making products of outstanding quality even with limited resources, and Ken soon found himself fielding orders from out of state, and even from the East Coast. It wasn’t long before Ken was the head of a multimillion dollar firm with a clientele that spans the globe.

With years of success behind him, Ken remains focused on supporting local businesses and community initiatives as much as possible. Driven by a genuine care and passion for helping out those in need, Ken and his wife Jennifer continue to operate their company with a dedication to quality, excellence, and true community spirit.


Original Watermen is a specialist surf and casual apparel firm offering a wide variety of surf clothing and accessories. The company was founded in 1978 during the first wave of the burgeoning Southern Californian surf scene. In its nearly four decades of operation, the company has managed to become the foremost manufacturer and seller of surf, lifeguard, and casual apparel in the world.

For More Information:

Leif Madron, Original Watermen PR Specialist
Original Watermen
1198 Joshua Way
Vista, California 92081
(760) 599-0990