I’m not a professional surfer, but I’ve owned a ridiculous amount of boardshorts. The reason is simple, they just keep getting better. Materials have gotten stretchier, lighter, faster-drying. The shorts I owned just a few years ago are pretty much obsolete compared to what’s available now.
O’Neill’s Hyperfreak shorts continue the progression. The material is thin but resistant, stretchy allowing freedom of movement. The colours aren’t anything I would have ever chosen, but somehow look great. The no-tie-fly is just another step in minimalist design. Gone is the knot that would scrape against your board and get covered in wax, instead, it’s just a flat thin velcro closure… just another step in the right direction.
The truth about a good pair of boardshorts is that they end up being much more than just boardshorts. These are the shorts in which I run, hike, bike, workout, and do pretty much every type of physical activity. These shorts get packed in my bag no matter what kind of trip I’m going on.