Whether you are catching the volleyball games on the courts of South Beach in Miami, strolling the boardwalk of Huntington Beach in California, or hitting the waves of Manly Beach in Sydney, it is imperative that you have a great pair of leisure or swim shorts.
Of course, you could wear the same swim trunks that you have had for years—the ones that your mom bought you on your last family vacation—but if you want to be equipped and prepared for any summer adventure-ready activities, we highly recommend you elevate your game with these six badass options.
Buck Mason 8" Deck Short
This quick-drying, blended cotton has a four-way stretch that makes it easy to jump into pristine waters of Como or walk the boardwalk in comfort. Details include an elastic waist and drawcord, zip fly, and a back pocket with a drainage hole. If you have been squatting effectively and have the gunner thighs, opt for the 6″ shorts to show those bad boys off.
Let’s be real, soaked shorts that drip the rest of the day and wet your shirt as you drive home are no day at the beach. This surf trunk has a lightweight poplin that fabric that dries quickly and allows you to move straight from the board to the tiki bar for a post-surf drink. Even better, the pockets are all mesh-lined, allowing them to drain quickly and keep the slim silhouette.
We all love the ocean, and the Faherty Twins echoed the sentiment when they made the All Day Short from ethically sourced, premium materials. Seriously, you know that plastic bottle you drank your post-workout Gatorade from? You’re wearing it on your legs now. This short is designed for the boardwalk and can be used as swimwear in a pinch.
Can you think of a better group of people to make the absolute best short for surfing or the leisurely swim than four guys obsessed with surfing? Combing vintage badass reminiscent of Sean Connery’s James Bond and modernized four-way stretch comfort, this is a great way to hit the board on the waves, or the towel on the beach for some Vitamin D. Added bonus—a keyring in the back pocket allows you to keep your key with you instead of stashing it in your shoes on the beach for someone to steal. As I said, these guys know what beachgoers need.
For the serious beachgoer or surfer, the Plains Boardshort is a no-frills-get-down-to-it short that will last years of wipeouts. Tried and tested on the serious surf beaches of Sydney, there are fewer options that are better values. Tough, slick, and badass, Deus Ex Machina nailed this addition of the Spring Collection.