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27 Men’s Board Shorts That Will Make You The Coolest Dude On The Beach

The boardshorts ticklin’ surfing trendsetters’ thighs.

Though your surfing may stink—there’s no excuse for looking shabby between the carpark and the water. And while the right pair of board shorts won’t improve your wobbly cutback, the wrong pair will bring unnecessary attention to it.

So frame them if you must, but it’s time to remove your 1999 below-knee board shorts from wardrobe circulation (same goes for the ‘high performance’ fluro monstrosities you were rocking in 2015). Sorry: the market’s moved on, man.

Fortunately, you can now get all the ‘performance’, stretch, comfort and durability you could ask for, hidden away in a stylish package—if you know where to look. And as summer rolls ’round, there’s never been a better time.

Here’s our guide to the most on-trend board shorts right now.

What Makes A Good Board Short

We could go into Swiss Army Knife comparisons and boring technical details, but let’s be honest. It’s pretty simple what makes a good pair of board shorts.

You want a comfortable, flexible, durable and quick drying companion that makes you feel cool both in and out of the water.

Fortunately for you, in this selection of board shorts we’ve taken care of all that, so all you have to do is pick a pair you think looks cool.

On Trend Styles

From anti-establishment designs to world-title winning trunks, there are a lot of board short designs tickling surfing trendsetters’ thighs at the moment. Here’s the best of the best.

Eco Friendly

Rocked by Kelly Slater and classy gents who want it all—comfort, style, environmental karma and high-performance capabilities, brands like Outerknown and Patagonia are the eco warrior’s board short of choice.

Subtle High Performance

A few years back, Nike realised the modern day surfer wants the pinnacle of high-performance gear, without looking like a jock. So they created Hurley, the board short of choice for John John Florence and anyone who wants to surf well without looking (too) sporty.

Flashy High Performance

Popular with Italo Ferreira and Mason Ho, colourful high-performance board shorts from the likes of Rip Curl, Billabong and O’Neil are for the man who believes himself capable of surfing low tide rock piles, and who doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Muted Colours

From Need Essentials’ dark navy offerings to Banks Journal’s jaundice-coloured swag, muted colours are to 2019 what three-quarter-leg length monstrosities were to the early 2000’s. Popular with chain-smoking undergrads and intrepid adventurers alike.

Dual Tone

Hurley, Rip Curl, Quicksilver—even Outerknown are now doing it. If you know how to throw an air reverse (or want people to think you do) you have at least 3 pairs of these in your wardrobe.

Grunge

If you’re a city slicker too cool to associate with surf brands (but who still wants to be able to perform when it’s pumping) check out Vissla’s understated offerings.

Laid Back

If you like Alex Knost, Costa Rica and slow moving point breaks have a squiz at RVCA’s top models.

Anti Chafe

If you are a man of creature comfort (and 8 hour shred sessions): you would do well to make sure your board short of choice has anti-chafe technology.

Hurley Phantom One & Only 2.0 21" Boardshorts
Hurley Phantom One & Only 2.0 21″ Boardshorts $40
RVCA Eastern 20in Swim Trunk
RVCA Eastern 20in Swim Trunk $50
Need Essentials Burgundy 20"Basic Board Short
Need Essentials Burgundy 20″ Basic Board Short $50
Billabong Sundays Pro Board Short
Billabong Sundays Pro Board Short $54.95
Billabong Tribong Pro Board Short
Billabong Tribong Pro Board Short $54.95
Lira Fackler 19" Boardshorts
Lira Fackler 19″ Boardshorts $55
Patagonia Stretch Hydropeak 18in Board Short
Patagonia Stretch Hydropeak 18in Board Short $59
Hurley One and Only
Hurley One and Only $59.99
Quiksilver Five Oh 17" Volley Boardshort
Quiksilver Five Oh 17″ Volley Boardshort $59.99
RVCA Black Gothard 19" Boardshorts
RVCA Black Gothard 19″ Boardshorts $60
Prana Fenton Board Short
Prana Fenton Board Short $64.95
Vissla Del Mar 20in Board Short
Vissla Del Mar 20in Board Short $64.95
Banks Journal Point 18" Boardshorts
Banks Journal Point 18″ Boardshorts $65
RVCA Curren Trunk Short
RVCA Curren Trunk Short $65
Volcom Stone Plus Mod Board Shorts
Volcom Stone Plus Mod Board Shorts $65
Quiksilver Highline Voodoo 19" Boardshorts
Quiksilver Highline Voodoo 19″ Boardshorts $75
Bank Journal Pines Boardshort
Bank Journal Pines Boardshort $79.99
Billabong Multi Spinner LT 19″ Swim Trunks $85
Saturdays NYC Ennis Boardshort Cobalt/White
Saturdays NYC Ennis Boardshort Cobalt/White $85
Faherty Classic 7in Board Short
Faherty Classic 7in Board Short $97.95
Outerknown Modern Scallop Trunks
Outerknown Modern Scallop Trunks $98
Billabong Multicam Airlite 19" Boardshort
Billabong Multicam Airlite 19″ Boardshort $99.99
Timothy Peak Palm Swim Short White
Saturdays NYC Timothy Peak Palm Swim Short White $115
Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater Desert Rose Black
Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater Desert Rose Black $145
Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater Maassen Maldives
Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater Maassen Maldives $145
Hurley Phantom Hyperweave
Hurley Phantom Hyperweave $149.99

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