Being in and around the ocean has been the cornerstone of Animal over the past three decades and as a result, designing boardshorts is an important part of our story. Looking back through the Animal archives is a sure fire way to discover the surf wear trends of the late 90’s, 00’s and all the way up to the present day.

As we hit the 30-year mark, we wanted to explore a facet of the brand we’re extremely proud of and reminisce about those epic swimwear styles of the past!

2000’s

Introduction of boardshorts to the Animal range

Men's boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

Women's boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

Only a couple of years after launching our first menswear collection back in 1996, we released our inaugural boardshorts range. Originally made from durable nylon, our first ‘trunks’ collection was designed to withstand abrasion (caused when surfers rub their legs on their waxed up surfboards), as well as to keep their original shape even after repeated use in the waves.

  • Men's yellow boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Men's black and blue boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Women's floral boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Women's scalloped cut boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • From the start, our boardies came packed with handy features—like the classic flat waistband with lace-up tie and practical velcro pocket to the side. Block colours and scalloped cuts were the order of the day, whilst trim highlights and floral patterns started to make their way towards mainstream fashion.

    2003-2005

    High performance boardies with a young Stokesy

    Alan Stokes in the A87 boardshorts in 2003 | Animal boardshorts archive

    Three years later and high performance was already playing a more important role in boardshort design. From streamlined silhouettes, to slightly shorter cuts with performance enhancing panels, we were putting function at the very heart of our design process.

    Being in and around the ocean has been the cornerstone of Animal over the past three decades and as a result, designing boardshorts is an important part of our story. Looking back through the Animal archives is a sure fire way to discover the surf wear trends of the late 90’s, 00’s and all the way up to the present day.

    As we hit the 30-year mark, we wanted to explore a facet of the brand we’re extremely proud of and reminisce about those epic swimwear styles of the past!

    2000’s

    Introduction of boardshorts to the Animal range

    Men's boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

    Women's boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

    Only a couple of years after launching our first menswear collection back in 1996, we released our inaugural boardshorts range. Originally made from durable nylon, our first ‘trunks’ collection was designed to withstand abrasion (caused when surfers rub their legs on their waxed up surfboards), as well as to keep their original shape even after repeated use in the waves.

  • Men's yellow boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Men's black and blue boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Women's floral boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • Women's scalloped cut boardshorts in 2000 | Animal boardshorts archive

  • From the start, our boardies came packed with handy features—like the classic flat waistband with lace-up tie and practical velcro pocket to the side. Block colours and scalloped cuts were the order of the day, whilst trim highlights and floral patterns started to make their way towards mainstream fashion.

    2003-2005

    High performance boardies with a young Stokesy

    Alan Stokes in the A87 boardshorts in 2003 | Animal boardshorts archive

    Three years later and high performance was already playing a more important role in boardshort design. From streamlined silhouettes, to slightly shorter cuts with performance enhancing panels, we were putting function at the very heart of our design process.