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Papa Nui PT 109’ers Cap

The Papa Nui PT 109’ers Cap comes in a beautiful 9oz Japanese Denim with a battleship grey anti-glare visor and takes its inspiration from ‘Coconuts’ Kennedy, who wore the Papa’s caps in the South Pacific before returning home to later become President of the USA.

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‘Coconuts’ Kennedy was one of the Papa’s founding members. ‘Coconuts’ was so named because the local Marys’ thought that his thick shock of brown hair reminded them of the husk from a coconut. ‘Coconuts’ relished his mantle and proudly wore his Papa Nui PT 109’ers Cap perched at a jaunty angle on the back of his head with his ‘husk’, profusely sticking out the front.

Back in ’43, he and the Papa zipped around the Blackett Straights at dawn in the pre-light looking for ideal reef breaks when the combination of wind and tide would be right to drag out their logs. Jumping from the deck of the PT boat and paddling into the ocean shelf, ‘Coconuts’ and the Papa would ride the South Pacific swell lines, drawing elegant patterns across those shallow draws.

Sometime after, a native turned up at Papa HQ with a carved coconut message. Seems Kennedy was involved in some sort of a collision with a destroyer that had totalled that plywood canoe of his and that he needed a ‘re-cap’ and rescue from a deserted Atoll.

‘Coconuts’ got his caps and got off that patch of sand and coral. The government flew him home and made him President of the United States. Whew! the Papa thought, not bad for a surf bum who only ever wore a pair of trunks and one of the Papa’s caps.

Key Features of the Papa Nui PT 109’ers Cap

  • Made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.
  • Japanese 9oz indigo denim
  • Battleship Grey anti-glare flip up
  • Country of Origin Hinomaru Patch.
  • Deep aviators crown to counter PT boat wind and spray
  • Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm)
  • Machine washable
  • Cold wash/soak to shape or stretch, hot wash/soak and tumble dry to shrink

Medium, Large


9oz Japanese Denim






Atoll Rocket Riders


Where necessary, we recommend machine washing your Superfort Cap on a cold cycle and line drying.

If you’re happy with the sizing of your Superfort Cap, avoid tumble drying as this may result in slight shrinkage.


Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm).

To find out more about how to measure your head to get the sizing of your cap perfect, see this detailed post about Papa Nui sizing. Need more information on how to fine tune the sizing of your Papa Nui cap? Our sizing page also contains information about how to stretch or shrink your cap.

Before attempting to stretch or shrink your cap, please see the Care section to see if this is possible with your model.

Shipping & Returns

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We use Royal Mail to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £3.55 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – £4.80 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept return or exchange of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first on [email protected].

For more information about the process, see our returns page.