Into the sun

A guy’s guide to buying boardshorts

13 Jun

First designed to meet the specific needs of surfers for long salty days on sea and sand, the boardshort now comes in a myriad of styles and fabrics. With summer fully arrived, it’s time to take to the water so to help you get fixed with the right pair of boardies this season, we’ve put together a guide covering all the options available. Read on...


Performance boardshorts

Animal Megano boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Megano boardshorts: £45

If you want max action and enhanced functionality out on the water, opt for the supercharged boardshort. Our performance range comes with 4-way stretch fabrication, meaning the material has the ability to stretch and recover both crosswise and lengthwise, giving you complete freedom of movement to surf. All are constructed from super quick dry, lightweight fabric, in a range of compositions.

The Tatune boardshorts come in a polyester/elastane poplin and, along with the Megano, have a convenient packable design—folding away into their own pocket when you’re done. Both also feature a taped zip closure back pocket to secure your valuables. For a super smooth finish, styles such as the Conga boardshorts are made from a polyester micro twill with a peached finish—no rub, no surf rash.

Hybrid boardshorts

Animal Darwin Pilar hybrid boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Darwin Pilar shorts: £55

The hybrid boardshort offers classic short styling with boardshort functionality; for max performance in and out of the water. The Darwin is our ultimate design for transitioning from ocean to beach this summer, complete with press stud and zip fastening for landside styling.

Stretch fabric
4-way stretch for freedom of movement

Quick dry
Super fast drying with mesh lined pockets for quick drainage

Premium low friction comfort

Smooth transition from water to landside

Volleys / swimshorts

Animal Volley/Swimshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Belos shorts: £55

If you’re planning on spending lazy days poolside this summer then you’ll be needing a pair of ‘volleys’ (A.K.A swimshorts.) With their elasticated waist, internal mesh briefs and peached finish these will keep you comfy throughout. Go classic with the Bahima boardies, featuring uni-colour styling —from subtle black to brightest blue—or opt for the Belos, complete with rad Animal branding.


Animal Conga fixed waist boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Fixed waist boardshorts

This style features a rigid, non-stretch waistband that gives a firm and secure fit. We design our fixed waist boardies with double secure hook and loop and drawcord fastening, meaning there’s no danger of them slipping down. If you’re a surfer or watersports enthusiast then this is the type to choose.

Animal Bahima boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Elasticated waist boardshorts

A fully elasticated waist gives a comfortable fit and is perfect for lounging by the beach on holiday, or taking a dip in your local pool. We use elasticated waists on our swimshort style boardies, complete with inner mesh briefs.

Animal Bars kids boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Semi elasticated waist boardshorts

For growing groms we’ve found that a combination of semi elasticated waist, hook and loop and drawcord fastening provides the most secure and comfortable fit.


Animal Origins boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Origins boardshorts: £50

Once you’ve sorted the fit and functionality of your summer boardshorts then it’s all about selecting the style to suit

Animal Origins boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts


The Origins boardshorts—part of a capsule collection celebrating our 30th Anniversary. Returning to the brand’s roots, the Origins feature a fully reversible design, complete with retro 80s patterns inspired by one of the early Animal watch straps. Snap fastening, reflective branding and low friction microsuede finish complete the package.

Animal Playa boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Go retro

The Playa boardshorts—our entry-level 4 way stretch boardies (bringing you top surf performance at a competitive price point.) With its scalloped hem, contrast waistband and trim, the Playa brings a cool retro vibe to a classic fixed waist design.

Animal Conga boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

Vintage surf meets urban style

The Conga boardshorts—our top level performance boardies. Vintage floral surf comes in industrial shades with contrast panels of asphalt grey. Nod to the tropical vibe this summer in a classy understated design.


Boardshort leg length has moved up and down over the years as fashions change. However, we reckon it’s all about going with what feels most comfortable to you and what suits your natural height, so we’ve created a range that spans 16” to 20” in leg length.

  • Animal Del Sur boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

    Del Sur: 16"

  • Animal Belos boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

    Belos: 18"

  • Animal Pilar hybrid boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

    Pilar hybrid: 19"

  • Animal Paulo boardshorts | A guy's guide to boardshorts

    Paulo: 20"

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