The Thin Line Of A Retroactive Modern Time
The totally predictable best boardshorts of 2018 volume seven: Vissla.
A Boardshort Guide in 2018? How adventurous!
In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re picking at Spring hors d’oeuvres, not-so-patiently awaiting an overdue summer feast.
So we enlisted the brands who keep the Stab gears turning, to send us their favorite trunks of the 2018 Spring and Summer lineups, grabbed legendary North Shore lensman Brian Bielmann, set up a North Shore studio on the sand at Keiki, and shot their top talent dripping wet, feet in the coarse pink sand.
Oh, and of course we had them fill out a cheeky questionnaire.
In the early 2000’s surfers were forced to endure whatever duds their sponsors delivered. Checkers, botanicals, stripes, paint splatters, graffiti scrawled across the top? You pay; I’ll wear. Two decades later, thankfully, brands are making boardies their rider will actually want to sport.
These have been carefully chosen, though we’ll bet these offend plenty, excite more than a few, and fly right over the heads of the rest of you…
It’s 2018. If you’re all-pleasing, you’re beige. The Divisive Age is upon us!
Meet Cliff Kapono’s “Creators 20” Boardshort”
We’re true fans of Vissla’s marketing. They walk that fine line of modern-throwback, and that line stays true in their boardshorts.
Vissla’s trunks have a retro feel, but with a modern, relevant cut and fit, with inseams ranging from 17.5 to 20 inches, splattered in flowery or plain designs. Not too bright, anything but dull.
And, they’re made from Upcycled Coconuts. Hello sustainability! Who said new surf co’s couldn’t emerge triumphantly?
The staff fav in this selection is Thomas Campbell 18.5” Boardshort,
This Volume also includes:
For the season’s best boardshorts, head here.
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John Florence Releases Long-Form Piece On The 243km Great Ocean Squiggle
Tourism Victoria going, ‘he just did our job for us’.
Japanese Rice Farmer Enjoys Frightening Sumatran West Bowls
Kaito Ohashi is on his best behavior.
Extended Cut: Luke + Eddie
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Diamond Tail = Diamond Hands?
We'll explain everything in the Rusty D-Min Joyride.
Behold Australia’s Nine & NZ’s Two Challenger Series Qualifiers*
May the Southern Cross smile upon you at Snapper.
An Unordinary Life Structured Around A Tidal Bore
Long Read: The life and times of Pete Beachy.
Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band
What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6
An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer
Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game
…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.
Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing
But will surf final CT event at Bells.
Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?
Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.
Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver
Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.
Jessi Miley Dyer On The New Challenger Series Schedule And More
Did you know that you could miss the mid-year cut and still theoretically win the…
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