What are boardshorts?
Boardshorts are swimming shorts and more generally a style of swimsuit for men and, more recently, for women. They were created in the 1950s for surfing.
Over past years they have become a popular style of swimming suit.
The name "boardshorts" comes from their use in water sports using a board, such as surfing.
It is primarily used to limit chafing due to the friction of the board.
How to choose your boardshorts
FOR SESSIONS UNDER 1 HOUR
If you surf for less than one hour, you need a men’s swimsuit which does not fall down each time you go under the water. Short boardshorts can enable freedom of movement, recommended for bodyboarding. The quickness of drying will be quite important so that sand does not stick to your boardshorts.
How to choose the size of your boardshorts?
Regarding choosing the size, we invite you to visit the size guide available on the boardshorts product file.
Boardshorts 100 Long are available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL.
Your shape can equally influence your choice. Here is some advice that could help you.
If you are have more muscles in the torso and legs, then choose a short pair which will highlight your figure.
If you are slimmer and more slender then go for longer boardshorts!
Choosing boardshorts based on the type of waistband.
Helps the boardshorts fit to different body shapes.
Ensures a good hold while still adapting to different body types
Ensures a good hold of the boardshorts when falling into the waves.
While surfing, whether its due to ducking or a wipe out it is not easy to reposition your boardshorts because they slide down your buttocks... So choosing the correct waistband becomes primitive. Preferably an elasticated or semi-elasticated waistband with a drawstring or a flat waistband for a better hold.
It is surely the most important criteria. It is common for the boardshorts or its seams to chafe. Our boardshorts are designed, both in terms of the shapes offered and the assembly methods, to limit chafing as much as possible during practice time.
Freedom of movement
In surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing, the legs are very much in demand, so the men's swimming costume should not restrict either bending or swimming.
A two-way or four-way stretch component contributes to this freedom of movement.
It is quite uncomfortable to feel the sand sticking to your boardshorts because they are still soaked with water. For this reason, choose a "Stretch" component which evacuates water more quickly.
Choosing long boardshorts only really depends on your preference. However you should know that the shorter your shorts are the greater the freedom of movement. The length 20 inches is equal to a length of 51 cm in an average L size
Boardshorts 100 Long have three pockets, two of which are at the sides. The pockets are mesh lined to effectively drain out water and sand.
Boardshorts 100 Long feature a semi-elasticated waistband with an anatomic design that keeps them securely in place in the sea when falling in the waves.
Boardshorts 100 Long have built-in briefs made from BOSSIS, a stretch mesh for an even better fit and reduced chafing.
Sun protection: The essential equipment for boardshorts
In summer, when it is hot weather but cool in the water, surfers tend to make their surfing sessions longer without changing their equipment. The risk of sunburn is therefore multiplied.
Did you know? 10 to 15% of UV reflects off of the water surface meaning that 40 to 95% penetrates through up to 25 cm under water. This is why boardshorts combined with sun protection (UV top, etc.) are becoming the essential equipment for warm water surfing.
Discover our sun protection range!
What is the OLAIAN brand?
OLAIAN, DECATHLON'S SURFING BRAND
Based in Hendaye, in South West France, OLAIAN is Decathlon's surfing brand. In our offices at the water's edge, we can design boardshorts and then on the same day test them directly in real usage conditions.
Find the Olaian brand on https://www.olaian.fr/