Early in 1982, Founder, Mike Taggett had the idea for the Original Cotton Chum. After continually watching his clients lose their sunglasses (Vaurnets to be specific) to the bottom of the Colorado, he was struck with an idea. After an epic 1983 season on the river, Mike moved to Hurricane, UT with a $60 sewing machine and some fabric. He spent his days inventing and perfecting, while living out of a VW van and the boathouse. But slowly, his idea manifested into the Original Cotton Chum and soon production was taking off. Within a year major distributors like Swatch were placing orders, and the rest, is well, history.