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Board Shorts ‘Splained

Boardshorts are аlso known aѕ swim shorts are а type оf shorts whіch are worn primarily men аnd with passage оf time by women too. Originally, the shorts wеre made fоr Sports whіch аrе related to water and primarily for board surfing in the seas. They have bесome popular as beach and summer wear ovеr thе passage of time.

The namе board shorts аѕ the nаme suggests іs аѕsосiаtеd with boards whiсh are usеd for surfing the waves. In ѕоmе parts of thе world thеу аre called boards аnd іn others thеy arе referred to аs boardies and “baggies” in уet оthеr countries. These аrе mоѕt popular іn northern America and with similar sports beсоming famous werе adapted to similar sports lіkе skateboarding. These cаn alѕo bе found in men’s beach volleyball. Rest оf thе world thеir uѕe and fame is leѕs compared tо thе Americas primarily due tо thе lesser popularity оf thе аѕѕосіated sports.

Made primarily frоm nylon аnd оther man made fabrics, which arе quick drying, а quality essential fоr clothing worn in water, thеѕe аre durable and adaptable. Compared tо оther forms оf wear fоr water related activities the board shorts cоme with double safety wіth a cord аrоund the waist tо ensure tight grip оn thе waist tо prevent strong grip оn body while bеing іn strong waves. The shorts arе longer whеn compared to thе оthеr forms of shorts. These typically go bеlow thе knees. This hаѕ come аѕ a practical solution оf saving the body hair of the surfer frоm bеіng ripped frоm body becauѕе of thе sticky wax оn the board whiсh helps surfer іn securing grip on thе board. We hаve to remember that befоrе thе surfer stands оn thе board he hаs tо sit оn the board whісh hаs the sticky wax оn it аnd іf thе shorts are nоt long thе body hair will stick wіth the board аnd wіll be ripped off body. There аrе ѕomе оther innovations tо thе board shorts keeping in mind the neеds of the sport and thе sportsperson, likе uѕіng seamless design оr using glue for joints iѕ onе of thе variation primarily usеd for thе board shorts. Another variation іѕ usе of synthetic rubber іn thе area of fly to give stretch opening and thus preventing аnу untoward incident wіth the hair.

The board shorts havе аlѕo been adapted for sоmе forms of martial arts which аrе demonstrative оr competitive іn nature. Countries with large coast lines аnd with beaches arе thе оnes wherе thе demand оf board shorts іs higher аnd thuѕ еvеn availability оf specialized manufacturers.

Welcome To Buy-Board-Shorts

Hello and welcome to!

We’re just a couple of surfers who got tired of paying outrageous prices for name brand board shorts just because they’ve got somebody’s name or logo on them.

We surf, we wear out our shorts and we want new ones… BUT we don’t want to pay $50-$75 for boardshorts so we can advertise for Quicksilver, Roxy and Billabong!

So we searched around and while we were vacationing in Hawaii we hooked up with a guy who manufactures his own line of board shorts making mens board shorts, women’s board shorts and even board shorts for kids. He doesn’t have a famous name or even a cool logo BUT he does have cheap board shorts and surf trunks that we wore, surfed in and loved so we decided it was a “go”.

We’re now part of the Discount Beach Gear Family of Stores where you can also pick up some awesome rash guard shirts to pair up with our board shorts before you hit the beach!

We’re just starting with a few styles and colors but rest assured that we will be adding more as our business grows so keep checking back. If you order something from us you’ll get a email blast once or twice a year so we’ll remind you to come back in case you forget. :-)

Welcome and thanks for shopping here at – see you in the line-up!

Mentawai Surf Competition kicks off at Lances

An unbelievable morning of surf started the first Mentawai Surf Competition of 2011 upon the isle of Sipora at Lances. Tons of barrel rides during probably the greatest tournament surf observed in the recent past. Rounds 1, 2, as well as 4 heats of Round 3 had been carried out in 4-6 ft . barreling Mentawai flawlessness. Of course in these tropical waters, board shorts were the uniform of the day…  Read full article…

Happy New Year

The Buy Board Shorts team just wanted to take a moment and wish all of our customers who have purchased and enjoyed wearing our stylish boardshorts all year, a happy and healthy 2010.  :-)

We look forward to seeing and hearing from more of you in the upcoming year – thank you!!

Underwear is a No-No Under Boardshorts

Here at Buy Board Shorts we get lots of emails from our customers and felt that one question we recently received was worthy of answering here in our boardshorts blog: “Should guys wear boxers under their mens board shorts?”

The answer is unequivocally, No!.

Let’s say it again just to be sure you all hear us: NO – guys, (and gals for that matter), should NOT wear underwear while wearing boardshorts!!

We hear some dudes claim that they wear boxers to prevent a rash, or that boxers feel more comfortable, or whatever. This is B.S.!

Think about it for a minute… who wants wet, waded up cotton hugging their parts instead of the free-and-easy, quick drying feel of boardshorts letting everything air out quickly and painlessly? Maybe YOU want to walk around in dry board shorts and wet boxers that will eventually dry into stiff cardboard with sand and salt in them, but WE sure don’t!!

Glad we could answer that one for ya – keep the cards and letters coming, folks.  :-)

Board Shorts Hit the Runway

Looks like the beach isn’t the only place boardshorts are showing up: last week they were seen parading down the catwalk at Fashion Week in New York in the G-Star Raw show.

While not as ‘traditional’ as one might think about boardshorts, they were none the less on stage in a venue you would never think they would be!

We here at Buy-Board-Shorts love to see men’s and women’s boardshorts break the traditional beach and surfer mold and into mainstream fashion. That’s because we wear our boardshorts and swim shorts EVERYWHERE.  :-)

Go Green When You Go Back to School

US colleges generate over 3.6 million tons of waste which is about 2% of the country’s total. Add in all of the high schools, elementary schools, etc and you’re really talking trash!

Do you know what makes up over 1/2 of all that waste?? PAPER!!

So when you or your kids head back to school in the coming weeks we here at Buy-Board-Shorts hope that you’ll keep that in mind and try to take a few simple steps to reduce YOUR paper waste.  :-)

The easiest ones that come to mind are to use both sides of you paper and recycle. You can also use paper made from recycled paper, (is that like reincarnation?).

Big Wedensday in Santa Barbara


Looking for something fun to do Wednesday nights in Santa Barbara? Wanna help out the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation?

OK – then get off yer butts and head over to their Big Wednesday event:

Start Time: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:30pm

End Time: Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 1:00am

Location: SANDBAR

Street: 514 Sate Street

City/Town: Santa Barbara, CA

And since this IS a surfer-type of event you can certainly show up in yer board shorts and be totally stylin’. :-P

Owen Wright Wins SriLankan Airlines Pro


Australian surfer, Owen Wright, took first place in the SriLankan Airlines Pro in the Maldives yesterday!

According to many of the judges and contest officials this was one of the most exciting and high scoring finals they’d seen in years.

Owen Wright went head-to-head with Pat Gudauskas as the two battled it out for first place. Wright emerged the victor as the final scores gave Wright 19.23 and Gudauskas 18.93 out of a possible 20.

You can read about all the action here at ASP…

Surfing the Amazon

OK – these guys may be a little crazy but we have to admit they have cajones and some cool board shorts!

None of us here at Buy-Board-Shorts would have the guts to face the poisonous snakes and flesh-eating piranhas like these dudes:

Women’s Swim Shorts Are Hot

womens-swim-shorts-blackSummer is almost here and it’s time to getting that wardrobe in order, ladies!

What better way to do it than with a pair of our Black Lava women’s swim shorts:-)

These aren’t ‘his’ boardshorts, these women’s board shorts are cut just for you: wide to ride low on the hips so you’ll look hot no matter if you’re miles from the nearest beach.

Our women’s swim shorts are made of soft, light and quick drying Microfiber so you can wear them in water or just hang out on your towel. Wet or dry you’ll definitely catch his attention in these flattering and stylish womens board shorts!

5 Reasons to Wear Board Shorts

Beach Clean Up In Malibu Saturday

Hey all you dudes and dudettes – put on your board shorts, grab your sunscreen and a pair of gloves and head on up to County Line Beach this Saturday, April 4th, for the West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Beach Clean Up this Saturday, April 4th!

The event runs from 9:30am – Noon across from Neptune’s Net restaurant. (42505 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 90265). Parking is free on PCH.

Come early for a morning surf session at County Line before the clean up and then walk across PCH for lunch at Neptune’s Net after the clean up.  :-)


Plus Size Board Shorts

When one thinks of women’s plus size board shorts, the images of the ones wearing them might not be flattering. However, individuals who need to wear plus size board shorts will actually look much better in them, as they not only look more colorful and trendier, but also helps to give them a sportier and healthy appearance, which is not too bad at all. In short, unlike what some might think, wearing such apparel does more good than harm, and it is why it is hugely recommended and a very popular choice and decision for both ladies and men.

Read more here…

Girls Board Shorts On Sale

Have you been searching the web trying to find your little girl a pair of boardshorts that she’ll like and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg?

Well, look no further!

This week we’re putting these adorable pink girl’s board shorts on sale just for our blog readers.  :-)

Like all of our boardshorts and swim shorts, these kid’s board shorts are quality shorts at a decent price. Why pay big bucks to wear some logo and advertise for  brand name board shorts like Roxy or Quicksilver when your little one will be grown out of them in one summer anyway?!?

Our kid’s swim shorts regularly sell for just $12.95 and this week only you can get an additional 5% off this already low, super discount price simply by using coupon code kids-board-shorts when you checkout! Just add the board shorts to your shopping cart and enter the coupon on the second page of the shopping cart after you enter your address and BEFORE you pay.

Hawaiian Seat Covers

Wanna keep that beach feeling even after you’ve changed out of your board shorts and into your business suit? Wanna feel like you’re still on that Hawaiian vacation even when you’re sitting in traffic? Wanna protect your seats from the sand and salt you inevitably track into your car after a surfing or tanning session at the beach? Or maybe your seats are already messed up from all the fun you’ve been having and you need to spruce up your car’s interior?

Keeping with the beach/Hawaiian vibe we know our customers love we’re introducing our sister site: :-)

Yep, one site devoted solely to selling the coolest and highest quality Hawaiian print car seat covers around!

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then you need to checkout Buy Hawaiian Seat Covers and get your auto decked out! That is, of course, after you get yourself decked out in a couple of pairs of stylin’ board shorts:-P

Shopping For Board Shorts

The popularity of board shorts, (also know as boardshorts, boardies, swim shorts or surf trunks), started with surfers and has spread to anybody who wants to dress in a hip, laid-back style of fashion. Even people who never go in the water or step foot on the beach are wearing and enjoying this cool style of shorts.

When you buy men’s board shorts keep in mind they have longer legs compared to most shorts. The legs come down to the knee or just above it. They’re cut to wear baggy and ride low on the hips.

Longer legs provide protection to surfers’ thighs and help keep them from getting rashes from their surfboard. The baggy cut provides room to paddle, jump up and maneuver on the waves.

Colorful patterns are typical along with Hawaiian themed prints. You can also find them in solid colors or just about any pattern you can imagine. Don’t be surprised if you see a buff, macho surfer wearing board shorts with colorful flowers on them. When it comes to men’s boardshorts it’s more colorful the better for some guys.

When you buy women’s board shorts they will typically have shorter legs that hit about mid thigh while some styles are similar to the men’s board shorts and hit above the knee. Also like the men’s they are cut to ride low on the hips and not up around your waist. Be sure so keep that in mind when shopping for women’s boardshorts as you may want to purchase a slightly larger size than you normally wear.

Women’s boardshorts come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and prints just like the men’s with maybe a bit more emphasis on female colors like pink or turquoise.

You can wear board shorts in the water by themselves, (women do need to wear a bikini top or bathing suit at most beaches), or pair them up with a rash guard to provide your skin with the ultimate in rash and UV protection that will stay on no matter how long you’re in the water.

Quality boardshorts will have reinforced seams that are usually triple-stitched for strength. Most come with a small Velcro pocket to hold your keys, cash or surfboard wax.

The standard closing is a Velcro fly with a tie or drawstring across the top. Most men’s board shorts do not have a mesh lining.

Last but not least, when shopping for boardshorts look for light, quick-drying material such as microfiber. Microfiber is commonly used to make board shorts because it is soft, light , provides minimal water repelling action and is quick-drying. What you don’t want are thick, heavy shorts that will bog you down and take forever to dry when you get out of the water.

Besides looking great and being totally stylish, men’s and women’s board shorts are comfortable and fun to wear even if you never get near the water!

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Coming Up

Stephanie Gilmore Roxy Pro 2008

The start to the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour is less than two weeks from commencing and the world’s best surfers are gearing up for an assault on one of the world’s best waves, Snapper Rocks, host of the 2009 Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile.

Pictured in her hot pink women’s rash guard and blue women’s board shorts above, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning and two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, will return to the singlet once again in 2009, looking to collect her third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title.

“Second time around, the title has definitely sunk in quicker and having experienced the process that follows winning a world title this time last year, I’ve really been able to enjoy the attention, rather than be overwhelmed,” Gilmore said. “This season feels great. After the celebrations settled down mid-January, everything is now completely fresh and I’m really utilizing my time at home to get stuck into some training and surfing the Snapper and D’Bah as much as possible.”

Despite possessing a wealth of local experience at her homebreak of Snapper Rocks, Gilmore’s track record at the opening event of the year has been less than stellar since claiming victory as a wildcard in 2005.

“Having bad results here the last two years hasn’t ever affected my year-end result so I’m quite at ease with the first event,” Gilmore said. “However, in saying that, not having done well here since 2005, I’m really going to push myself to be on top of my preparation and equipment, carrying nothing less than a win in my mind.”

Absent from this year’s competition will be former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, who announced her retirement from full-time competition at the end of last season. Even without the threat of a well-rounded veteran such as Beachley, Gilmore confesses that 2009’s rookie class will bring challenges of their own.

“I feel about 40-years older than the new rookies (haha),” Gilmore said. “But I think all the girls will put on some great performances at Snapper and create some exciting new rivalries within the tour. I think Sally Fitzgibbons will have a very mature, well-rounded approach to her rookie year. Coco Ho and Alana Blanchard will bring some upsets as well.”

Gilmore will face Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), 22, and the winner of the Roxy Pro Trials in Round 1 of competition when the Roxy Pro Gold Coast commences.

Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, defending Roxy Pro Gold Coast Champion and current ASP World No. 3, is excited to return to the Gold Coast and aims for a repeat performance to kick off her 2009 ASP Women’s World Title campaign.

“The gold coast is such a cool place and the waves there are super fun,” Mulanovich said. “It is for sure really important to start the year with a good result so I hope for a good result at Snapper.”

Mulanovich, who claimed her historic ASP Women’s World Title in 2004, has been a consistent Top 5 finisher ever since, but has yet to reclaim her place at the top of the ASP Top 17.

Surfing and Science Conference

We know lots of our customers here at Buy-Board-Shorts are surfers so we thought this info would be of interest to all of you.

The 8th Annual Surfing Arts, Science and Issues Conference is coming to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California February 28 and March 1, 2009.

This year’s conference is all about efforts to try and take the guesswork out of making better waves and better surfing equipment. Of course, everyone has a different take on what makes a good wave – and evaluating surfboard performance can often lead to opinions that are little more than ‘psychosomatic’ (Steve Pezman, 2000). However, with some outstanding engineers and clear-thinking surfers on the agenda, as well as a first-ever fin ‘turbulence’ project at the Scripps Hydraulic Laboratory, SASIC 8 promises to be an event unique in the history of surfers trying to create waves and equipment to match their dreams.

You can register here…

Plastic Bags Kill Marine Life in Our Oceans

Another sad example… A rather large crocodile that had been bothering local residents was captured in November in Australia. The crocodile eventually passed away due to plastic bag ingestion. While plastic bags are known to be a problem for sea turtles, the fact that they are dangerous to crocodiles came as a surprise to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

We know our customers like to swim, surf and snorkel in our board shorts but please, we beg you, leave the plastic bags at home! It one takes a split second for a bag to blow off your towel and into the water, creating a deadly treat for marine wildlife.

Also a reminder that you can also wear a rash guard shirt while you’re in the water for your SPF protection and forgo the sunscreen. This way you and the coral reefs will be exposed to less of the harmful chemicals they contain, along with the plastic bottles they’re packaged in.