BULLDOG
Catching A Break Mid-Length Swim Shorts

$345
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  • Color: CATCHING A BREAK

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Finding the perfect swim shorts

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The OB 5 year Guarantee

We are so confident in the quality of our OB Classic Swim Shorts that we will guarantee them for five years.

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About the product

Item No. 5056218101218

Neil Leifer’s 1967 photograph of surfers at Waimea Bay, Hawaii offers an optical illusion as it appears to be a tie-dye print on first glance. The brooding tones of deep blue allow you to pair these shorts with most colours.

The tailored swim short is where it all began for Orlebar Brown; we have four different lengths, each crafted from 60 elements and designed to give you effortless style wherever you are. Based on the pattern of a traditional man’s tailored trouser and crafted from quick-drying polyamide fabric with signature side-


  • 100% quick-drying polyamide
  • Shaped waistband, rear darts and adjustable side fasteners for a superior shape and fit
  • side fasteners for a superior shape and fit
  • Tested to 30mg/l of chlorine
  • Net lining for extra comfort and security
  • Machine washable
  • Sourced and manufactured in Europe

Size & Fit


  • If in-between sizes, choose a size up
  • Side-fastener can reduce the waist up to 2cm0.8” without ruining the silhouette

OB Classic Swim Shorts

The inside of our shorts contains a mesh-net lining, so you can hop on a surfboard, play tennis, swim or just lounge around on the beach in perfect safety. Plus we have a zip fly and a metal popper enclosure, so there really shall be no escape. The side fasteners are one of our distinguishing features, they’re made up of up to six component parts for a properly tailored fit, which you can adjust.

Nobody wants to stand around in soaking wet shorts, getting cold and uncomfortable. That's why we use 100% polyamide fabric, which has also been chlorine, salt water, light and rub-tested too. Not only is it durable, it dries in a flash.

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The Making of a Photographic Print

Surfing the Waimea Shorebreak photo by Neil Leifer
"Surfing the Waimea Shorebreak" photo by Neil Leifer.

Scenic view of surfing in Waimea Bay. Oahu, Hawaii 1967 Neil Leifer.

What makes a classic?

The ‘classic’ label seems in a constant battle to preserve the integrity and romance of its award. Our OB Classic swim shorts have been integral to our success over the last ten years—but what makes something a true classic?

"Good Design is innovative, honest and thorough down to the last detail."

Dieter Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design
The Traditional Tailored Trouser Block