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2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Boardshorts of 2019

Perform your best in these stylish yet technical bottoms

(Inga Hendrickson)
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Mission Workshop Anaga ($180)

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(Courtesy Mission)

When you’re charging hard, the last thing you want is to get tangled up in your shorts. These slim-fit bottoms were the stretch­iest in the test, thanks to a nylon-­elastane blend that allows you to squat and pop up on a surfboard without restriction.

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Vans Surf ($100)

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(Courtesy Vans)

Like the Anaga, Vans’s latest is beautifully unobtrusive. It ditches the fly for reduced bulk and features low-profile taped seams. Most important, the waist adjustment is on the hip, so there’s nothing bumpy between you and your board when paddling.

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Toad&Co Cetacean Block ($70)

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(Inga Hendrickson)

UPF 50 protection and pajama-soft polyester-spandex fabric make these perfect for long days lounging in the sun. On the inside, a bumpy weave helps lift the fabric from your skin for better airflow.

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Outerknown Apex by Kelly Slater ($145)

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(Courtesy Outerknown)

Our favorite daily driver, this sleek suit ­features bonded seams, so there are no stitches to chafe. Laser-cut holes on the sides and back pocket drain water for quick drying.

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Patagonia Stretch Hydroflow ($119)

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(Courtesy Patagonia)

The lightest, most packable boardies we tested, the Hydroflow is ideal for warm waters. Cut from featherweight recycled polyester and spandex and given a DWR coating, they don’t hang heavy when drenched. Plus, the colorful pattern looks great around town after a day on the water.

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Howler Brothers Waveform ($59)

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(Courtesy Howler Brothers)

For pure toughness, these burly trunks win big, with a cotton-poly material that holds its shape so you don’t wind up with a waistband full of sand. As a bonus, four pockets (two with button closures) hold wallet, keys, and other sundries for after-session cervezas.

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The 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide