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The Long & Short of It: How Choose Your Ideal Men's Boardshorts For Your Lifestyle

With warm weather right around the corner, cold water surfers are trading in their full suits for shorties, and plenty of folks are gearing up to get beachgoing again. That means it's about time to start stocking up on your summer wardrobe. 

But before you head to the store to search for that new pair of beachcombing slippers or designer sun glasses, it's vital to pick up the perfect pair of boardies to have your back on all your aquatic adventures. 

After all, ask any experienced surfer and they'll tell you that having quality shorts is just as important as a quality board (as well as some comfy loungewear for those post-session naps). 

With that in mind, we've provided a helpful breakdown of all three men's outseam lengths we offer to help you find your best fit for this summer. 


18-19" Length Boardshorts

Man holding yellow surfboard in reef camo boardshorts walking into the ocean


Style Highlights:

  • Sleek and streamlined design for enhanced agility.
  • Perfect for quick movements and high-performance surfing.
  • Ideal for those who prefer a more classic and minimalist look.
  • Essential for hot summer days when less fabric means more comfort.
  • Quick and effortless to pack, ideal for those spontaneous beach trips.


Our modern short length boardshorts have no equal, providing the best range of mobility and comfort around, while still looking stylish enough to wear as regular everyday shorts. 

Active and athletic guys love this length for the increased movement and versatility they provide while you're out in the barrel, or just skimming shoreside, all without sacrificing functionality. 

The flexible above-the-knee design ensures that even in the toughest conditions, you can stay one step ahead of the action. 


21" Length Boardshorts

Man wearing hawaiian floral boardshorts in beach shower

Style Highlights:

  • Versatile length suitable for various water activities.
  • Strikes a balance between style and practicality.
  • Provides moderate coverage while allowing ease of movement.
  • Favored for its adaptable design, suitable for both beach and casual wear.
  • A popular choice for those wanting a middle-ground length.


The preferred length of many original Maui Rippers, our Hawaiian style men's 21" boardshorts have all the utility, and none of the fuss. 

Designed to move with you, these mid-length shorts end at the knee for most guys, and are the perfect pick for for anything from casual surf sessions, a day of boating, or just a late night jacuzzi soak. So whatever your pastime, our shorts are built to last season after season. 

We're proud to offer our 21" shorts in designs inspired by our favorite breaks around the world, as well as classic colorways and surf aesthetics.

And with an array of waistband designs and pocket styles to choose from, you're sure to find the right pair (or two) for your lifestyle. 


24" Extra Long Length Boardshorts

Style Highlights:

  • Maximum coverage for excellent sun protection.
  • Trendy and laid-back style, suitable for a relaxed beach vibe.
  • Excellent for big & tall surfers who want added leg/knee coverage.
  • Available in our Classic and Cotton Hybrid boardshort styles.
  • Select 24" boardshorts offered in extended sizes up to size 48.


As one of our flagship shorts, our very long 24" boardshorts are a highly beloved style, and the boardshort of choice for many big and tall watermen of all levels of expertise around the world. 

For guys 6'5 and taller, these are the comfortably mid-length knee-high shorts you've been looking for. 

We designed these shorts to allow surfers and swimmers of all shapes and sizes the freedom to do your thing, hassle-free. Say goodbye to sticky surf wax on your legs, or hems riding up a little too high while your dropping in. 

Sporting an extended leg length and just the right amount of stretch, these very long shorts cover all the bases, and still pack all the useful features of your standard issue athletic swim short. 

Currently available in a selection of colors and styles (and also featured in our premium Hybrid boardshort line), these boardshorts are a must-have for any guy looking to get a little extra out of the season. 

Looking for a breakdown of our women's boardshort lengths? Check out our post on how to Discover the Perfect Maui Rippers Women's Swimwear for You


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