Exhibition File – Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit

An exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art is perfect for anyone interested in surfing, history, art, or fashion history. The piece of clothing known as the boardshort catches the perfect wave in this show. Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit looks at where early boardshorts came from and how they evolved into a “symbol of extreme sports and a counterculture lifestyle.”

This exhibition delves into technology and aesthetics, addressing both the material used for “speed, comfort, flexibility, and durability” and the patterns — such florals, skulls, sharks, etc. — and colors used for boardshorts. This show also looks at companies such as Quicksilver, Billabong, and Hurley to see how they transformed surf culture into a mega, global industry.

Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit runs until January 13.

Address: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania, Honolulu, HI
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:30, Sunday 1-5
Admission: adults $10, children 4-17 $5, children 3 and under free, members free
Website: honolulumuseum.org/art/exhibitions/12868-board_shorts_perfect_fit


  1. Amanda says:

    Oh interesting. I love Quiksilver (Roxy) and the vintage look of that photo . Wish I could go to Hawaii too.

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