Hydro Lab

Best Board Shorts, October 2004

When those off-the-rack Billabong shorts just don’t cut it, there’s only one solution: a pair of custom drawstring board shorts from Hydro Lab, a stylish den of surf fashion with retro tendencies. Made-to-order designs aren’t cheap—they start at around $125—but there are dozens of fabrics to mix and match, including neon orange urethane-coated nylon, silver-metallic camouflage, and classic tartan. Want the side pocket in a contrasting color? How about bright red stitching? Want to lose the side pocket altogether? Say please. The shorts may never touch ocean water, but no one has to know that.