Pac Sun (Pacific Sunwear) started as a little surf shop in 1980 in Newport Beach, California. It wasn’t called Pacific Sunwear then. It wasn’t even all that different from all the other shops carrying surfboards and wax, except for one thing, the founders had a better idea. You see, during Southern California’s wet, cool winters, the beaches get empty and the surf store business goes dry. Where does everyone go? To the mall of course. That was the idea: to be the first surf shop to move into California’s popular mall locations.