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These New Board Shorts Aren’t for Posers

The Vans Surf Trunk 2 prioritizes a performance-friendly form factor that is all about, you know, actually hitting the waves.


Certain activity-specific items are so visually appealing, they become hugely popular with people who’ve never tried the activity. Think motorcycle jackets, hoops hightops and board shorts. Yes, board shorts, the staple style of many a beachgoer whose only surfing takes place on the internet. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, Vans wants you to know that its new Surf Trunk 2 is very much not for them.

Heck, it doesn’t even really look like a board short. Where’s the big waistband with the gusseted holes and loopy drawstring? Jettisoned in favor of a performance-friendly form factor that is all about, you know, actually surfing.


Designed with input from the brand’s own big-wave charger Nathan Florence, these shorts feature a patent-pending Trunk Lock closure system, which ensures a secure fit without all the fuss. Thanks to a no-fly front, no inseams and fully taped seams throughout, they support easy transitions and ward off the specter of surf rash.

The Surf Trunk 2s also boasts DuPont Sorona fabric for an ideal blend of stretch and strength. And a DWR finish helps them dry quickly, keeping you comfortable when you sidle up to the bar after a long day of legit slashing tasty waves.

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