Gear: This Summer's Best Boardshorts | Photos: Art Vandelay

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We all know the biggest fashion statement you make on the water comes down to what shorts you're rocking. Fashion aside, a comfortable pair of shorts makes a huge difference in terms of mobility and performance when you're on the water. Everyone has their sweet spot when it comes to boardshort length, so we highly recommend trying on a few different pairs and finding that perfect length you love. For future reference, always remember what the outseam measurement is! That way you're always dialed in and ready to make a purchase if you see some shorts you're into.

Billabong — Pulse X | $65 | Shown in blue

Things We Like:

- The 20" outseam for perfect performance fit.

- The PX2 stretch material Billabong used is recycled.

- These shorts looks as good as they feel, keeping you looking sharp.

Body Glove — Dis N Dat | $45 | Shown in indigo

Things We Like:

- A 360-degree drawstring keeps these comfortable and on your waist.

- The polyester-spandex blend is quick drying and super flexible.

- A classic cut and simplistic design keep you looking fresh on the water.

Fox — Sling Shots | $59 | Shown in black

Things We Like:

- Bob Soven signature shorts, so they're Bob-approved.

- Bootlace drawcord keeps these babies up!

- A 19" outseam keeps them above the knee and the perfect fit.

Liquid Force — Hershal | $55 | Shown in blue

Things We Like:

- Perfect fit for riding with the 19" length.

- Allover print and woven patch look great.

- Four-way stretch for good flexibility and superior comfort.

Ronix — Tight & Right | $65 | Shown in Aloha print

Things We Like:

- The waistband string cinches all the way around, keeping these where they belong.

- Great mobility with the four-way stretch of the polyester-spandex blend.

- The 20" outseam makes these look great and stay comfy.