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A Place In The Sun

We welcome you to A Place In The Sun, Stab’s contest to find a perfect pair of surfing’s everlasting commodity, trunks!

We’ve set a hook in the best designers of fundamental surf wear and asked them to construct their ultimate boardshort, free from trend or any commercial imperative. 

Here’s who threw their keys in this year’s punch bowl: Billabong, Highline, Hurley, In Minds Eye, O’Neill, Stacey, RVCA and The Critical Slide Society.

We’ve had the above nine brands stitch us up a unique pair and a clip to introduce them. You can vote for each brand below on our interactive page. Trunks will be judged upon three divisions: Designer vote (our selected, influential designer chooses their fave boardies), the director’s vote (our influential auteur choose their fave clip), and a performance vote (our influential surfer/fashion guru chooses their fave). We break it down into quarters and by the end of the three weeks a winner will be crowned.

Voting is now open and closes August 31st.

Let’s celebrate life’s greatest pleasure, surfing in boardshorts!

Above: They’re heavy, constructed from canvas, have a built in key latch. They’re not designed for the ocean, but can cross over; regardless, they’re a navy blue handcrafted piece of art. This short was directed by John Paul Olson with the creative direction of Andrew Atkinson, narrated by Craig Stecyck III, who succinctly puts, “Digital manipulation… No, the only digits that matter are the ones on your fingers and toes, all the rest of that stuff is masturbation.” 

The Judges

Meet the Panel
Stab stamp of approval 

The Contenders

Make your choice. 8 Brands, 8 Trunks, 1 Winner 


@blackanchorsociety / @Hurley

Hurley “Gunwale”
By: Andrew Atkinson

Hurley, the pinnacle of high-performance have presented a boardshort that’s more poolside mojitos than full-rotations as narrated by Craig Stecyck III


@allkinebueno / @stacey_mfg

Stacey “Ride To Death Valley”
By: GBO Tennberg

Guns, cigs, booze and death. Cut ‘em 18”, add a draw string, velcro fly and skid out straight into the grave screaming, “Wow, what a ride!”


@highlinesurfco / @Anonymous

Highline “The Black Short”
By: Highline

Black says, “I don’t bother you, you don’t bother me.” Let’s get understated with stretch, a B&W colour palate, draw strings, a velcro fly and a casual 18” cut – go ahead, fly incognito.


@ridgewoodmfg / @oneillusa

O’Neill “1st Brigade”
By: Sean Barnhart / Rachael Hill

These are O’Neill’s “Charlie Does Surf” trunks. Military green, patched with the stars and stripes peace sign.


@lank79 / @billabongusa

Billabong “Good Day Mr Sunshine”
By: Brad Lancaster

We’re burning up inside. It’s hot, the water’s warm and the four eye’d sun is searing through our waistbands. Bong presents the only button waist and velcro fly of the bunch.


@jamiestenning_ / @rvcasurf

RVCA “Alex Knost”
By: Jamie Stenning

A throwback, these are the shortest of the batch, a saucy 15” cut. For skinny legs only. 100 percent Polymide, all black with a draw string velcro combo


@inmindseye / @inmindseye

In Minds Eye “Mosh Pit Trunks”
By: Jock Dredge

Trunks fit with front pockets, a denim back flap, draw strings, a button fly and cut at 18”. It’s a post surf depression. Come get high with us!


@matt__waters / @TCSS

TCSS “Couch Surfer”
By: Matt Waters

Trunks are best suited in the ocean? No, they’re even better mindlessly changing the channel and wondering where your next drink is. TCSS’s trunks have dual pockets, front and back, drawstrings and button fly and television remote is included!