Having a comfortable pair of board shorts is crucial for the best performance when surfing. For performance board shorts, look for shorts with a good stretch and construction, with quick-drying or water-repelling properties, a comfortable fly-closure, a drawcord that ties firmly in place, and maybe even some discreetly placed pockets.
Billabong Xero Board Shorts
Modelled after Billabong's popular Xero wetsuit, these Billabong board shorts got their name from the fact that they have no back seam. The ergonomic design helps enhance the wearer's performance on their board. Light and stretchy, they even incorporate water-repelling technology, which minimises weight and friction during use. They also have heat transfer detailing on the waistband, side pockets, and side seams for comfort. Professionals highly rate the Xero; it features a simple design and comes in a few colour choices. Made of Billabong's signature Platinum X Quad recycler fabric, it is an eco-friendly choice mostly composed of recycled polyester.
Hurley Phantom Fuse 3 Board Shorts
The Hurley Phantom Fuse 3 range comes in bright, standout colours that beach lovers would love and include designs for women as well. These Hurley board shorts employ the company's signature Phantom technology, which was developed with comfort and performance in mind. Phantom shorts have no seams at key rash areas, a Velcro-free micro-closure fly, and versatile 4-way stretch—all features to ensure a surfer's ultimate comfort. The fabric is treated with special water repellents to reduce water absorption in the water and allow fast drying on land. In addition, this Hurley Phantom range specifically features a breathable waistband; this improves ventilation and speeds up drying even further. Those supportive of going green can appreciate that all Phantom shorts incorporate 12 recycled water bottles into the fabric.
O'Neill Epic Freak Board Shorts
The Epic Freak range of board shorts have performance-centric features that include stretchable and water-resistant fabric, a firmly fixed but comfortable waistband, O'Neill's lightweight superfly closure and a fuss-free drawcord closure system. All O'Neill board shorts also have small side splits on both sides for a better fit. Other variable features include button or zip pockets to keep important items, inseam gussets to improve comfort at the crotch, and silicon grip drawcords for easy handling even with wet fingers. For aesthetics, consider the Epic Freak Artist Collab, the result of a collaboration with a Brazilian graffiti artist. This pair can be purchased in a set with a matching T-shirt and flip-flops to complete the outfit.