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July 17th, 2010 | By | 2,219 Comments

Streeetchy Pants….2010 Performance Boardshort Review

If Hydrostretchosaurus and Superstretcharmstrong mean nothing to you, you’re not “not with it” (that’s a double negative there), and you’re not alone. The new performance boardshort generation can be overwhelming, and like a child wandering in during the middle of a movie, most of us are completely of our element on this one.

Testing 101: With the most advanced scientific methods available, including a fusion of lunges and squats, the water-cooler dip, and rigorous Indian-burn-to-arm testing, our investigatory team ranked every performance boardshort available…both sides of the Mississippi.

Our Highly Scientific Results (Boom):

Best Overall Shredability: Billabong PX 1. Although tied with the Hurley Phantom 120 on stretch-factor, the PX 1 came through with water-repellent coating, welt seams, and an ultra light neoprene feel. This one is for those that are “in it to win it”, or so they say.

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Most Added Features: O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0. For the tech-obsessed, the O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0 will have you frothing at the mouth. Features include neoprene stretch panels, a streamlined zip pocket, locking drawstring with rubber grip, anti-rash facings, and welded seams throughout. Put that in your pipe and shred it.

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Most Performance For Your Peso: Billabong Platinum X Quad Hydro Stretch. The length of it’s name is only surpassed by the number of styles available. Coming in a low of $44.50, the 4-way stretch is an all-around solid buy. You’ll definitely get what you need, and have a little cash left over for to upgrade to the California burrito.

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Best Feel: Quiksilver Cypher Series and Swell D-Day. With an eye out for your jewels, the raised pattern at the inside of these boardshorts keeps your sesh solid and rash-free. And you can’t put a price on that. Oh, wait, you can- $45 for the solid styles. That’s a $45 well spent.

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Most Style Points: RVCA Stretch Boardshorts. Style- a feature often overlooked in by tech-lovers and judging criteria purists. But damn RVCA has style. Winners include the “Victory” for shameless patriot points, and the “Transit II and III” for no other reason than their undisputed rad factor.
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June 22nd, 2010 | By | 6,719 Comments

Billabong Design for Humanity 2010

Missed this year’s Design for Humanity? Check out some of the neon-ed highlights here!

June 17th, 2010 | By | 5,630 Comments

The Re-Return of Retro Boardshorts

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Throwback boardshorts have returned, again. After a long dark period of below-the-knee boardshorts many-a-boarsholigists were convinced that the next logical step would be an influx of “shant” style trunks, which would then escalate quickly to the surf pant- lead and popularized by Matthew McConaughey’s fine linen pants. Fortunately, good sense prevailed, and the proverbial tide shifted the other direction. As surfers noticed that they could maximize both bottom-turn AND bronzing potential, lengths began to shorten, and all was good in the world. Spearheaded by the tragically hip Southern California longboard posse, Alex Knox, Aussies, and Mitch Buchannon, these logo and length-light styles have trickled down into surf scenes across the globe. Old dudes everywhere are kicking themselves for finally just catching on to the “hip 22’s”. Oh, flap-doodle!

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June 14th, 2010 | By | 857 Comments

Pass On the Green Goodness…

The Eco-Edition of the Swell catalog has just arrived. A tribute to companies that are doing their part to help promote eco-conscious goods for a cleaner earth. Help support global greening by choosing to buy eco- and pass on the green goodness!

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