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These Boardies Have Enough Tech to Warrant an Elon Musk Acquisition

Check Out Billabong’s Best Boardshorts of 2023

style // Apr 21, 2023
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

If you’re into techy, stretchy, high-performance, and light, these are for you.

Product: Billabong D Bah Airlite Performance 19″ Boardshorts

Price: $66

With flexibility in all the right places and seams that feel like they don’t exist, the latest D Bah Airlite Performance boardies from Billabong look and feel like peak performance. A fitted cut without any bulk whatsoever and an understated black colorway make these ideal for infiltrating foreign lineups without catching attention.

Although personal colorway biases tend to lead me away from anything super bright, the fact that these sit in the “clean” (minimal) category with just a dash of flair, really gets me going. But aesthetic preferences aside, if you’re looking for performance, look no further.

These sit a bit low at the waistline and run a speck large (making a 32 fit like more of a 33) so I’d order a size down for a superior fit while knowing there won’t be a mid-session full moon.


  • Made from recycled PET, these feature a high-tech, three-fabric makeup that marries a soft hand feel with superior stretch and eco-conscious efforts.
    • 4-Way Strech (Comfort/Stability)
    • 4-Way Twill Stretch (Flexibility + Movement)
    • 4-Way Perforated Stretch (Breathability + Anti-Cling)
  • A water-repellent “Micro Repel” coating results in a lightweight, quick-drying material.
  • No-fuss tie fly closure.
  • The rear zipper pocket with an internal key loop keeps all your goods safe and secure.

Verdict: These are charged up with a flashy strike of neon, and feel great on the body and in the water. If you’re looking for a pair of performance boardshorts, look no further.

See the rest of Stab’s Best Boardshorts & Swimwear of 2023, here.

Note: Garrett is 6’0, 170 lb., wearing size 32.


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