This is a kind of shorts, specially designed for surfing
. The shorts are kind of roomy, for extra movement ability just as in snowboard clothes
. Surfer jams are shaped in very straight lines without body form. Typical length is to just above the kneecaps
. The material of often synthetic
is sometimes used, but have a strong tendency to limit movement when it gets wet and heavy. They always come with a string to make sure that gnarly
wave or wipeout
doesn't rip your jams off...
The first surfer jams appeared in the early sixties when surfing really caught on. Surfer jams were also the boon for companies like Quiksilver, O'Neil and Op. In the eighties, the word 'jams' was copyrighted.