The 15 Best Men’s Board Shorts For Summer

You might not know the difference between board shorts and swim trunks (and you might not care), and while the distinction between the two are slight, they’re worth noting. Board shorts are typically a bit longer (initially designed for surfers to prevent skin-to-board contact) and are usually unlined, while trunks are lined and tend to have a shorter inseam.

But just because you’re in the market for board shorts doesn’t mean you need to wear those horrifying baggy iterations popular in the 1990s and early 2000s that almost stretched down to your mid-calf. There are tons of designers out there nowadays that are doing board shorts right—and we rounded up 15 of them that will ensure that you’ll look good, whether your on your board, on the beach, or on the town.

Faherty Brand Moonlight Batik Board Shorts

Faherty Brand Moonlight Batik Board Shorts

If you’re a grown man, you probably shouldn’t wear anything that’s tye-dyed, unless it’s an old t-shirt from college that you’re wearing around the house. Instead, let us introduce you to the adult version of tye dye—batik. Featured here on these board shorts from Faherty Brand, it’s an Indonesian dyeing process that has that tye-dye look without making you look like you belong at a Phish concert. [Purchase: $42]

Burkman Bros Alligator Board Shorts

Burkman Bros. Alligator Board Shorts

The Canadian-born Burkman brothers make their apparel according to the philosophy, “if we wouldn’t wear it, we won’t make it.” Which is why everything they have on offer is on point, like these board shorts featuring zig-zag stitching, bright yellow drawstring, and playful a ‘gator pattern. [Purchase: $44]

Burkman Bros Tribal Board Shorts

Burkman Bros. Tribal Board Shorts

Another offering from the Burkman Bros. are these tribal print board shorts that are sure to make you stand out from all the other guys around the pool. [Purchase: $44]

Janji Haiti Print Shorts

Janji Haiti Print Shorts

Created by two runners who wanted to commit themselves to giving back (Janji means “promise” in Malay), Janji creates unique apparel that features prints and designs from global cultures. These board shorts, in particular, feature a tribal print and a lot of fun accents, like an orange side stripe, a red panel on the back, and a neon yellow interior waistband. Bonus: each pair of shorts purchased provides one year of clean water to a person in Haiti. [Purchase: $45]

Chubbies Gazillionaires Board Shorts

Chubbies Gazillionaires Board Shorts

If you can get past the name and the bro-tastic philosophy (one of their bestsellers is American flag swim trunks), you’ll discover that Chubbies makes some damn fine shorts. Utilizing bright colors and patterns, they’re perfect any rowdy summertime fun you’ve got on your calendar this year. [Purchase: $60]

Chubbies Rad-O-Ramas Board Shorts

Chubbies Rad-O-Ramas Board Shorts

If you want to get a little more adventurous with your fashion choices, check out the Rad-O-Ramas from Chubbies. Combining blue and neon pink in a tribal print, they harken back to the 80s without being too cheesy. [Purchase: $60]

RVCA Oddball Board Shorts

RVCA Oddball Board Shorts

A company borne out of California surf culture, RVCA knows a thing or two about board shorts. These subtly-patterned shorts will look just as good on the beach as they will at a bar. The front and back pockets (that one has a zip closure) lend themselves for more than just surfing. Throw on a pair of boat shoes and you’ll be ready to head inside after a day in the sun. [Purchase: $62]

United by Blue Westwater Board Shorts

United by Blue Westwater Board Shorts

Philadelphia-based United by Blue is completely dedicated to the oceans (a portion of every sale goes to ocean conservation efforts) and that’s why you should invest in a pair of their board shorts. These tribal-printed shorts will help you cut a unique and stylish figure on the beach, and you can feel good about doing something to help the ocean you’re enjoying clean. [Purchase: $64]

HIHO Atoll Fish Barbuda Board Shorts

HIHO Atoll Fish Barbuda Board Shorts

You might only be able to dream about ditching the grind and living full-time on the British Virgin Islands, but you can own a piece of it by scooping up a pair of board shorts from HIHO, an apparel brand based on BVI. [Purchase: $69]

Iron and Resin Revival Board Shorts

Iron & Resin Revival Board Shorts

As far as board short patterns go, you can’t go wrong with stripes, and this pair from California-based Iron & Resin will do the trick. [Purchase: $70]

Onia Kal Board Shorts

Onia Kal Board Shorts

“Onia” is Hebrew for “ship,” so you know you’ll get the nautical vibe down with any offering from this sea-minded brand. These shorts are particularly nautical—they’re made from yacht-club-favored seersucker after all. Onia also gets the details right: these shorts feature hardware made from antique nickel and have two deep, double-lined side pockets. [Purchase: $73]

Saturdays NYC Grant Board Shorts

Saturdays NYC Grant Board Shorts

Saturdays NYC is all about surf culture, so you can’t go wrong with these classic color block board shorts. Available in patriotic variations of red, white, and blue, the shorts will transition well from day to evening, and even have a button-closing back pocket to stash your cash or phone (just remember to remove them if you get the urge to hit the water one more time). [Purchase: $75]

Birdwell 310 Board Shorts

Birdwell 310 Board Shorts

Birdwell Beach Britches was established in Southern California in the 1960’s in its founder’s living room. Since then, they’ve been creating quality, hand-stitched shorts that will stand up to whatever your summer throws at them. Available in a rainbow of colors, you might want to pick up a few. [Purchase: $79]

Lightning Bolt Triton Board Shorts

Lightning Bolt Triton Board Shorts

Lightning Bolt was born out of 1970’s Hawaiian surf culture, and that coupled with the name of these board shorts (Triton, is the “messenger of the sea,” according to Greek mythology and The Little Mermaid), they’re more than appropriate to wear on your next seaside escapade. [Purchase: $89]

Faherty Brand Recycled Fabric Board Shorts

Faherty Brand Recycled Fabric Board Shorts

Twin brothers Mike and Alex Faherty are the minds behind their namesake brand, offering up board shorts and swim trunks that feature splashy patterns inspired from their world travels. These classic cut board shorts 85% recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. [Purchase: $138]

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