You’d be forgiven for letting your mind wander to barely functional woody wagons and an everyone-wins community when pro surfing comes up in conversation, but you’d be mistaken. Like any other sport, pro surfing is highly competitive; like any other sport, pinnacles of technology are used and abused to eke out any minuscule advantage. Oakley’s recently released Blade 4 Board shorts use a variety of tech and smart design to be, as Oakley claims, “simply the best board short on the planet”. Paired with the Blade compression top, the Blade short supposes to lessen fatigue and increase performance. We break down the textile wonders above.