Board Shorts, Underwear or Commando?

Board Shorts, Underwear or CommandoCommando?  I believe most of us recognize and know what this term means but if you don’t, this is the definition from the Urban Dictionary: “Not wearing any underwear.”

When I wear board shorts I like to go commando.  I know why I do and I know what the benefits and draw backs are, which I will go into details later in this post, but are there any medical benefits.

Possible Medical Benefits

Men’s Fitness published the following: “… According to research published in the Scottish Medical Journal, wearing kilts “regimental style” (aka without underwear underneath them) keeps the testicles at an ideal temperature for sperm production and quality.”

In a blog written by Taryn Hillin she write the following: ““Go for it if you dare,” said Dweck (Alyssa Dweck, a gynecologist and co-author of the book V is for Vagina), “Nothing wrong with going commando at any time.” In fact, some gynecologists recommend sleeping in the nude, allowing the vagina to air out at night as part of practicing good vaginal health.”

Why I Go Commando and My Horror Story

I choose to go commando when I wear board shorts because underwear would interfere with the fast drying qualities inherent in board shorts, I don’t want any riding up, I don’t want to feel waterlogged (the underwear will soak up water) and it just doesn’t look right.

I feel that if you wear underwear with board shorts you lessen the short’s: fast drying properties, stretch and flexibility and overall light and airy feeling.

Now because I don’t wear underwear with my board shorts, I have gotten rash on my private and other parts during a long surf session.  Something that may have been mitigated if I had been wearing underwear.  I’ve had my shorts almost washed off.

Board Shorts, Underwear or Commando

Moon shot.

I’ve also, to my horror, have experienced several large rips in the posterior section of the shorts during several surf sessions.  One of the rips I discovered while stand-up surfing.  When you stand-up surf you are standing up at all times.

Imagine standing up, with a large rip in the back of your shorts and exposing the entire line-up to what I would term an unpleasant scene.  Now if I had been wearing underwear that embarasssing moment could have been lessened.

The other rip was discovered after a surf session.  I was standing in line at a local eatery and I felt a unusual draft.  I’m thinking, “Oh, no, not again!”, I reach behind and to my dismay and horror I once again have a large rip in my shorts and I’m exposing my backside to the world.  Once again, this embarassing moment could have been lessened if I had been wearing underwear.

Now, even though I’ve experienced rash, almost lost my shorts and had some very embarrassing moments I still go commando when wearing board shorts and I just consider the things that happened to me the price of fully experiencing the inherent properties of the board short.

In Conclusion

It is all a matter of personal choice.  There is no right or wrong about going commando or wearing underwear.

Read my review of the Quiksilver Men’s AG47 New Wave 20” Boardshort.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  As always, thanks for dropping in and if you have questions or comments please leave it in the comment section of this page.

8 thoughts on “Board Shorts, Underwear or Commando?

  1. I go commando whenever I feel like it 🙂

    Most nights I will go to my bed even without an underpants, I personally like the freedom that I get by doing this. It helps me to air out. LOL

    Of course I do not do this all the time, especially when I its a more formal setting. Otherwise you know what I do.

    By the way; your story is funny to me although it may be a bit embarrassing to you. Was there a lot of people at the local eatery when this happened?

    Thanks for sharing your story. I had a lot of fun reading it.

    • Hi Jason,

      Commando, nothing compares to the feeling of freedom :).

      Yes, the eatery was quite packed that day so quite a few people got a view of my backside.

      I actually find my rip short stories funny and I’m glad you did too :).

      Thanks for the comment and dropping in.

      • 🙂 Thanks for the reply. That is just too funny. 🙂

        I am seriously looking forward to seeing more of your posts!


  2. Stuart,

    This is awesome. You’ve said a lot of things that I’ve thought but never told anyone before. I have to agree with you about going commando because that’s how I surf as well.

    I’ve also experienced some of the rashes or scratches that you mentioned but all in all the positives far outweigh the negatives in my opinion.

    I guess if I was going to wear underwear just for the protection, I’d make sure that I wore specific athletic underwear. Some brands make underwear that is more of a spandex material and it dries really quickly.

    But even the fast drying underwear won’t dry as quickly as board shorts especially since they’re most likely tight and then not getting as much air flow as the board shorts would. Anyways, really entertaining stuff here. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I know all about the board shorts. My son won’t wear anything else and loves to surf! I am going to steer him to this site. Being a water/beach lover, I find your site very interesting! Maybe I need to check out the beaches in Hawaii!

    • Some say, including myself but I’m bias, that Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the World. Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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