On board with the Boardies

Brazilian-born nomadic cinematographer Gabriel Novis has been a ambassador for enough time now to have become a trusted friend of the Kerrin team. His front-of-lens work shows the gear in perfect light, but it is Gabriel’s behind-the-scenes conversations and feedback that are equally valuable to us as we work on new designs and he puts the clothes to the test in the way they should be; travelling the world, outdoors, in the surf, at work on set and, naturally, at beer-o'clock.

The Kerrin blackout Boardies are a favourite of Gabriel’s - so much so that he asked for a second pair to be shipped to him so he could keep a pair for “Sunday best”. Because the boardies don’t have side pockets and are unlined, they are super light-weight and streamlined, which makes them perfect for the hottest of beachdays, or under a wetsuit when the surf gets cold. Given all the sultry locations he films in, Gabriel has even taken to wearing them as regular shorts for work.

A number of customers have wanted to know the key differences between the two styles of swim shorts in the range: the Boardies and the signature Button Fly Swim Short.

Gabriel Novis wears Kerrin boardie

Gabriel Novis wears Kerrin co board shorts.

Both swim shorts are made using premium function-specific fast-drying polyamide fabric woven in Italy. But that’s where the similarities end. The Boardie is the slightly longer-leg style (although it still sits well above the knee); is free of lining; has the classic boardshort drawcord fastening detail for waistband adjustment, featuring rubber dipped and sealed cord ends; and has a back pocket with button closure and drainage eyelet at the base. The Boardie comes in two colourways; black with black trims and olive with black trims.

The signature Button Fly Swim Short has a more nostalgic aesthetic. Finishing just at the right point to accentuate those quads, these swim shorts are fully mesh-lined and come with side pockets and back pocket with button closure and drainage eyelet. There’s an internal flat drawcord for waistband adjustment but the key difference to the Boardie is the button fly construction, which gives a nod to heritage menswear design. The Kerrin Signature Swim Short currently comes in four colours: Smoke Grey, Navy, Parchment and Wasabi, and there’s no doubt we’ll see Gabriel road-testing the new colours coming down the pipeline. Keep an eye out for that fun in the sun!

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