Cypher Brigg Quiksilver boardshorts. Available on quiksilver.com.

I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, live in Miami, live in Europe or don’t care too much for the beach – every self respecting man should have a pair of board shorts in his closet.

I’m not talking about swimming trunks either.  The only people who should wear elastic wasteband swimwear are children under the age of 10.  As an adult, you should get the real deal boardies used by pros and bros alike.

Originally designed for surfers, these fashion essentials will help you stay legit when the summer comes back around on your side of the world.  Just make sure they fit well and fit correctly.  Last thing you want is to have all your glory on display when the shorts stretch from the water.

The Standard 18" board shorts from Quiksilver.

Due to the latest retro fashion craze, the great thing now is manufacturers have been giving different options for board short lengths.  You can go from the original 22″ to shortest 16″ to match your taste and preference.

My personal preference would be to go a bit shorter for practical and physical reasons.  I’m below average height and play a lot of beach sports. Having my shorts get caught on my knees is just a hassle.

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