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Pick the perfect board short

Pick the perfect board short

May 23, 2019

The Board Short Guide


We spent years developing our bestselling men’s and women’s board shorts - testing stretch, strength, and how quickly we could take them from the beach to beers without sitting around waiting for them to dry. When experimenting with our favorite sustainable fabrics, recycled polyester and organic cotton emerged as the wave-friendly winning ingredients to the ideal pair of board shorts. Here, we break down the details into an under-5-minute read with all the need-to-know details.


Men’s Board Shorts

We specially designed two unique fits to suit any adventure, but gave them both a durable water repellent finish, quick-drying fabrication, and a no-slip self-lined waist. Here’s what sets them apart.

The Performance Board Short

Our quickest drying, stretchiest board short designed for peak performance. Featuring a technical fabrication paired with a relaxed fit that gives you room to roam.

The Fit

• 9 inch inseam
• Classic short silhouette
• Relaxed through waist and thigh

The Fabric

• A performance blend of recycled polyester and spandex
• Equipped with 4-way stretch and abrasion resistance
• Over 90% recycled polyester, which is a hydrophobic fiber, meaning that it resists all water penetration and has extremely low absorbency
• Recycled polyester gives a second life to an ever-present material that’s not biodegradable and would otherwise end up in landfills or floating in the ocean. Best of all, it can be remade many times without losing the original, durable qualities of virgin polyester

The Final Touches

• Elasticized key loop
• Button back pocket
• Fast-draining back pocket eyelet


The Scallop Board Short

The classic beach-to-bar board short reinvented with a slightly slimmer, modern fit. Designed for casual comfort in soft organic cotton.

The Fit

• Tapered leg
• 8 inch inseam
• Scallop cut at hem

The Fabric

• Substantial yet still totally soft, thanks to organic cotton
• Breathable, quick-dry and optimized for all-day comfort
• A lightweight blend of recycled polyester, organic cotton, and spandex
• Organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on regional water resources and means that producing these board shorts required a fraction of the water that conventional cotton shorts use

The Final Touches

• Hand-drawn graphics
• Vintage-look fade
• Slim side pockets

 




Women’s Board Shorts

The Fit

• 3 inch inseam
• Straight through hip and thigh
• No-fuss elastic waist

The Fabric

• Quick-drying and breathable
• Ultra comfortable with subtle stretch
• Lightweight and soft thanks to recycled polyester, cotton, and spandex
• Chemical-free. While conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop (as much as 25% of the world’s annual supply), organic cotton is produced without the use of insecticides, pesticides, herbicides or GMOs
• Energy-conserving. Recycled polyester uses about half the energy required to produce virgin polyester, and by giving it new life we prevent old plastic from ending up in the oceans and harming wildlife

The Final Touches

• Hand-drawn patterns
• Front and back pockets
• Double front eyelets for drainage


Ready to dive in (or cannonball, if you prefer)? Explore our entire collection of men’s  and women’s board shorts and start planning that next coastal getaway.