How to Measure a Waist for Board Shorts

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How to Measure a Waist for Board Shorts
Surfing is one of the most common sports where boardshorts are worn. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

As one of the signature clothing pieces for surfing, boardshorts come in a multitude of patterns and designs in both men's and women's styles. The polyester and nylon shorts dry quickly and are durable. Most boardshorts reach a length below the knee and are form-fitting to the body. Boardshorts do not have an elastic band at the waist, but are held up by a rigid waistband and a lace-up tie. For proper fitting, it is necessary to have an accurate measurement of your waistline.

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Things you need

  • Cloth measuring tape

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    Wrap the cloth measuring tape completely around your waist starting below the belly button. Be sure to measure the part of your waist where you want the shorts to be worn, as the style for boardshorts allows for the shorts to hang lower than the natural waist line.

    How to Measure a Waist for Board Shorts
    The measuring tape should be level around the waistline, not too loose or too tight. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
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    Read the measurement of the waist line and record onto a piece of paper.

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    Consult a sales associate at a local department store and present your measurements. Depending on the size of your waist, the sales associate will be able to direct you to the proper size short needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Water can cause materials such as polyester and nylon to stretch, so it may be necessary to subtract ¼ to ½ inch from your measurement to ensure proper fitting after use.

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