O'Neill Chino Melee Hybrid
The idea behind these smart shorts is that you can seamlessly transition from surfing to chilling without having to change. They’re made from of two-way stretch polyester, which provides all the freedom of movement you need in the water and dries super-fast when you get out, so you’re only slightly damp by the time you dump your board on the sand. What's more, the sophisticated chino styling and hidden draw cord means they don't look out of place with a linen shirt if you decide to pop in to a beachside restaurant for dinner with your missus.
Volcom Red Plaiter
Volcom’s approach to clothing design has always been one of extremes, with subtlety and brashness engaged in a constant war. On this occasion the company’s wild side has emerged victorious, thanks to an orange, black and yellow tartan design that should make it impossible to get lost on the beach. Clever drawstring technology allows for comfortable fastening without the need for annoying Velcro, while the patented four-way stretch fabric adds flexibility and a Teflon coating keeps water absorption to a minimum.
Supremebeing Bait Boardie
Supremebeing is proudly embracing British beach fashion heritage with the 1920s inspired Bait Boardie shorts. Bold stripes and a long, baggy cut set them apart from other styles on the market, as well as a comparatively restrained use of colour and limited branding (a small rubber duck logo). The microfibre material feels softer than that used in most other board shorts, and the outer pockets even have strategically placed eyelets to stop them resembling sandbags or water balloons.
Reef Burning Palms
Give your green credentials an instant boost with these board shorts, which are made from energy-efficient fabric derived from recycled coconut shells. As well as being carbon-neutral, the smart Cocona Elite material (to use its proper name) is quick-drying and anti-chafing – it even offers UV 50 protection. However, the most useful feature is the zip pocket with plastic carabiner clip, which does a great job of stopping you from losing your keys when you're on dry land.
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