Use and design
Boardshorts are designed
to be quick-drying, and are generally made
They are durable and hold up to wear from
contact with a surfboard, yet are comfortable
and light-weight. They are well-adapted
to their use in various active watersports.
Boardshorts do not have
an elastic waist like many swim shorts do;
instead they have a more rigid waistband
which opens at the front, often with a
fly. The waistband is also held together
at the front with a lace-up tie. This double
fail-safe system is in order to ensure that
the shorts cannot be not pulled off the
body by the force of the wave when a surfer
is tumbled under water during a wipeout.
Another common feature of authentic surfing
boardshort design is a very small pocket
sealed with velcro and vented with a grommet.
This is designed to be a secure place to
carry a car key or house key while in the
Boardshorts are normally
longer than some
of swimwear and sometimes they have a baggy
appearance. The length of boardshorts varies
according to fashion trends; currently they
usually reach from the waist to the knee
area or slightly above it. Many designs
use vibrant color, Hawaiian floral images
and highlighted stitching, however not all
boardshorts have these features.
Although the basic boardshort
design remains largely the same, some manufactures
have taken advantage of new technology.
Because surfers and other water-sports enthusiasts
commonly wear boardshorts without underwear,
one of the major complaints has been about
the use of
for the fly closure which tends to entangle
pubic hair. A solution that some manufactures
have come up with is to use a neoprene fly,
which does not allow the fly to completely
open, but provides enough stretch so that
the shorts can be easily pulled on and off.
Pubic hair does not get caught on the neoprene
fly. To remedy another common complaint,
about boardshorts stitching in the inseam
area which would rub directly against the
wearer's skin, many manufacturers switched
to a seamless design, or use welding or
glue, rather than stitches. Although it
is very common for boardshorts to be worn
as is, some male wearers prefer to wear
under them. Some female wearers wear a swimsuit
or bikini bottom under them.
now produce boardshorts.
However, some companies
which have specialized in creating boardshorts
for surfers for many years are:
of Australia, Birdwell Beach Britches of
of Southern California,
of Australia, Kanvas by Katin of Southern
California, Killer Dana of Southern California,
of Australia, Surfstitch of Australia,
of the USA, and Motive Boardwear of Florida.
There are even boardshort-specific
retailers, which offer an assortment of
boardshorts to the surfing and wakeboarding