Guys, if you’re like me, you said sayonara to elastic band swimwear a long time ago. I hope you’re with me. And, if you’ve never switched out your standard swim gear for a pair of fixed waist boardshorts, make 2012 the year you come join the good guys. With summer upon us and a honeymoon on the horizon, I’ve been on the look out for great new boardshorts. You, lucky reader get to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I’ve rounded up seven of my favorite boardshorts from the top surf design companies. You can’t go wrong with any of these boardshort styles, and you’re guaranteed to look good poolside or beachside. So let’s dive in shall we?
What? Boardshorts from RVCA, O’Neill, Lost, Hurley, Volcom and more.
What’s Chic? Fixed waist boardshorts wear more like shorts than the trunks you wore as a kid. Shorter lengths and classic looks make this year’s boardshorts winners.
What’s Weak? If you’re used to paying $19.99 for your Speedo, you might experience some sticker shock with these bad boys. Mostly in the $40 – $60 range.
When I moved to California one of the first things my new friends did was drag me to the local surf shop and get me to trade in my waist-hugging elastic waist suit for a pair of boardshorts. They were on to something. The fixed width waist and lack of lining make the shorts much more comfortable than a typical bathing suit, and more stylish to boot. I’ve been a devout believer in them ever since. If you haven’t tried them you owe it to yourself to make the switch this summer. Ladies, help your man out and pick up a pair of boardshorts when you’re out shopping for him for the summer. In fact, they could be a perfect Father’s Day gift.
Here are seven of my favorite boardshorts for the summer:
|Volcom Dredge Boardshort – $55
Comes in yellow (shown), red and turquoise.
|Billabong CLAS SIC – $59.50
18″ length means more leg. It’s in this year, trust me.
|Hurley Phantom 60 Kings Road Mens Boardshort – $62
Multiple colors available. Plus Hurley now has a “create your own” boardshort where you pick the styles and colors.
|Lost Blim-Blam Borwn Boardshort – $37|
|Rusty Undertow Boardshort – $39.50Comes in all sorts of colors.|
|O’Neill Jack O’Neill Makala – $65 Also available in Navy and White.|
|RVCA Barry Boardshort – $64|
So there you have it – my top boardshorts of the summer. If you see any out there that you absolutely love, be sure to share with us in the comments. And if these are your first pair, welcome to the club!
Kelly Slater photo credit: I wish I knew.