All week this week we are going to celebrate all things BoardShort!! We’ll take you through finding the right length for you, trends to try out, our staff favorites, videos of the trunks at work in the surf, and more. Today we are bringing you a little inside scoop on lengths, a few of the styles in those length we carry, and what kind of guy lives in that length.
**** All Styles of BoardShort for this Blog Post were chosen by Jaq Barry at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point ****
17″ & 18″ Lengths :: These boardshorts are above the knee for sure! We love them!! Our “Shortie Boardie” guys are young, not afraid of style, and they may spend long hours waxing, combing and curling their mustache. You won’t be able to throw a stone at Coachella with out hitting a guy wearing this style boardshorts. They ride Alaias, Paipos, Asymmetricals, Hulls, they handplane and will try anything and everything new and different.
Styles Shown From Left to Right Hanging From the Letters in Surf Shop :: The Critical Slide Society “Lopez”, Volcom “Mental Fun”, The Critical Slide Society “Split the Peak”, Insight “Satan’s Taco”, Vans “Era Stretch 18”, Ezekiel “Top Shelf Floral”, BRXTN “Beacon”, Ezekiel “Birdman”.
19″ & 20″ Lengths :: Looks in this length come right to the knee. This is your classic modern boardshort style, not too long, not too short… just right. The “To the Knee” boardshort guy is easy to please. Basically, this guy is marriage material, sturdy and traditional. Your mom loves this guy! He isn’t huge on style, and will most likely wear a pair of boardshorts for five or so years before he gets a new pair. He is wearing his boardies to the beach, in the water, to play basketball, to Church on Sunday.. he probably doesn’t own a pair of walkshorts. He rides high performance long and shortboards, fish, Beaters, and he’ll even boogie, he doesn’t care as long as he’s having a good time.
Styles Shown From Left to Right Hanging From the Letters in Surf Shop :: Patagonia “Minimalist Wavefarer”, Vans “Boats and Bros”, Hurley “Block Party Wrap”, RVCA “Forte Trunk”, Katin “Fiji”, Billabong “Muted”, Vans “Era Classic 19”, O’Neill “Jaques”.
21″ & 22″ Lengths :: I always call this style “The Tall Guy Boardshort”. It’s long, and if you aren’t over 6′, it’s going to go down past your knee and could end up looking like a pair of “shants” (not short enough to be shorts, not long enough to be pants.) so trying them on first is a good idea. Our guy who wears this style, is not only the first to know if it’s raining out, but he has been asked to play Abe Lincoln on more than one occasion. He is a great surfer, and charges HUGE waves, because to him, they all look small.
Styles Shown From Left to Right Hanging From the Letters in Surf Shop :: Hobie by Hurley “Oceanside P60”, Billabong “Transverse”, O’Neill “Santa Cruz”, Billabong “Sweet Tooth”, Billabong “Ripple”, O’Neill “Jordy Freak”, Quiksilver “Rum Runner”, Volcom “38er”.
Volly aka Elastic Waist :: Our Volly boardshorts come in all kinds of lengths, from 18″- 22″, it’s not the length our guys are after in these boardies, it’s the elastic waist! And really, we have all gone so overboard at a $1 Taco Tuesday Night that we would be fools not to appreciate a good elastic waist. Our Volly gentleman is an Elder statesman of the surf. He beats you into the wave every time, because he has been surfing there since Nixon was in the White House. He will ride a single fin until he takes his last breath. He is rad, and you need to hang out with him more.
Styles Shown From Left to Right Hanging From the Letters in Surf Shop :: Hobie by Hurley “Hammond”, O’Neill “Trilla”, Quiksilver “Balance”, Quiksilver “Beachcomber”.