What Are The Most Stylish Boardshorts of 2021? - Stab Mag
In surfing as in style, sometimes less is more. All photos: Ryan Miller

What Are The Most Stylish Boardshorts of 2021?

Have your say, here.

style // May 5, 2021
Words by Michael Ciaramella
Reading Time: 3 minutes

This year, we decided to do something different with our Best Boardshorts feature.

Rather than employ the artistic vision of a renowned fashion photographer (hey, Zak) and the glistening bodies of surfing’s modern stars, we decided to do something novel: an actual, objective, boardshort test.

Over the last four months, across multiple latitudes, we put 11 pairs of 2021’s best surf trunks through their paces. We surfed in them, skipped across the beach in them, and consumed countless peanut butter jellies in them. We even swapped them in broad daylight, with only Bn3th undershorts to protect the unassuming masses from a sight that could never be unseen.

While we’ve gained an affinity for most of these shorts, a few stood out as the top performers. Those results will be revealed in our upcoming Best Boardshorts test, coming later this month. In the meantime, we need your help to determine the other side of this test: aesthetics.

Because let’s be real…most of you care more about how boardshorts looks than how they perform.

So, the best boardshorts of 2021 will be chosen on a two-part criteria:
Performance (50%): judged by us
Style (50%): judged by YOU.

We put these trunks through hell. Photo: Miller

How to vote

Stab Premium members can vote below by “liking” their favorite pair in the comments.

For the freebies, over the next four days, we’re going to have a voting system in place for all of the boardies featured in our test. Here’s what you need to do:
– Head to @stab’s IG stories
– Dissect the trunks with a critical eye
– Use the widget to score each pair from 1-10.

Once we collect that data and combine it with our performance findings, we’ll be able to determine the best pair of boardies in 2021.

Day one includes:

Banks Journal

The Journal Boardshort


The Fifty50 Airlite Plus 18″


The 808 Boardshort

Day 2 will include:


The Hyperfreak Hydro 20″


The NFA 19″ Boardshort


Highlite Arch 19″

Day 3 will include:

Rip Curl

Mirage 3-2-One Ultimate 19″ Boardshorts


The Boatman 17″


The Surf Trunk 3 19″

Day 4 will include:


The Burch Stoneys


The Cruise Boardshort

Head over to our IG stories to have your say in history. This is Best Boardshorts 2021!

And for our Premium members, feel free to drop a like in the comments for your favorite pair.


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