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Katin provides dry-land duds for men's Olympic water polo team

May 4, 2012 |  3:06 pm

East Rancho Dominguez-based Katin USA, a heritage surf brand that dates to 1954, has struck a deal to supply the U.S. Water Polo men's national team with "dry land" goods including surf trunks, T-shirts, compression tops, khaki shorts and button-down shirts -- during the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In addition to providing the team's lifestyle and workout wear, Katin will be hosting a series of events leading up to the London competition. One such event is an upcoming personal appearance by the team at Katin's all-American-themed bash at Ron Robinson Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue (complete with Let's Be Frank hotdogs and Napa Smith Organic IPA beer, we're told) from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 2.

The all-American theme runs deep at Katin, which has not only been headquartered in Southern California since it was started by Nancy and Walter Katin 58 years ago, but it manufactures about 90% of its goods right here in the good old U.S. of A.


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Photo: Members of the U.S. Water Polo men's national team (from left, Shea Buckner, Chay Lapin, Janson Wigo and Andy Stevens) hit the gym kitted out in Katin USA's lifestyle gear. The 58-year-old surf brand is an official supplier to the team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Credit: USA Water Polo