We're in business to build a more sustainable world by bringing environmental science into your life in creative ways.

Retiring Feb 25th - Last Chance!

Sockeye Salmon Boardshorts

Size chart
Size Guide for Boardshorts

Go with your usual size, these fit true to size.

Don't know your size? Measure where you like your pants to sit at your waist, in inches. Subtract 2 inches from this measurement to determine your numeric size.

Numeric Size Waist Circumference (Inches) Inseam (Inches) Outseam (Inches)
29 31" 8" 19"
31 33" 8" 19"
33 35" 8" 19"
35 37" 8" 19"
37 39" 8" 19"
39 41" 8" 19"

Educational resources & donation included with every purchase. Learn more.

Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, spend a portion of their life in both fresh and salt water and play a significant role in the health of both ecosystems. As ocean inhabitants, sockeye are shades of silver and blue. However, as they journey back to their freshwater spawning grounds their head turns green and changes shape, while the red-orange pigments from their flesh move to their skin, transforming the color of their bodies into a bright, brilliant red.

    1. Light weight, durable, 2 way stretch for optimal comfort, movement, and shape retention
    2. Self-draining, self-stowing (packs down into itself for travel) side pocket with corrosion resistant zipper and key loop
    3. Durable button fly for long lasting comfort
    4. Paracord tie at waist is rot, mildew, and abrasion resistant, and has a tensile strength >200 lbs
    5. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    6. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    7. No mesh liner
  • Main fabric: 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

    Eyelets: brass

    Tie: high tensile strength nylon paracord

    Zipper: polyacetal resin (tough, high strength thermoplastic)

    Button: polyacetal resin (tough, high strength thermoplastic)

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

Waterlust in the wild

Tag us @waterlust to be featured

Advocate Apparel Inspired by Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus Nerka)

Sockeye salmon are a keystone species, an ecological term that refers to species that are critical to the survival of other species in their ecosystem. From birds to bears, and the forests and communities that surround them, so many depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon bring to the region.

Sockeye are born in rivers, lakes and streams, but soon venture out into the ocean where they spend most of their lives. When it's time to spawn, they swim hundreds of miles - from the ocean back to the precise location where they were born. For stream spawners, finding the mouth of the stream is only the beginning, as they then must “run the gauntlet” as researchers call it, swimming upstream in exposed waters where they are vulnerable to predators like bears, eagles, and gulls. This predation may seem tragic, but it is part of what makes sockeye so important to the ecosystem.

Vast numbers of salmon struggling to make headway up the river to spawn after arduous journeys from the ocean is arguably the most powerful example of a will to survive that we’ve ever witnessed in the animal kingdom. We humans often underestimate fish in the grand scheme of Earth’s living beings. To some, they seem foreign, unintelligent, and disposable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sockeye are absolutely amazing, full of secrets, and keystone contributors to the planet’s ecosystem.

10% of profits from your purchase of this product are donated to the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

"The Alaska Salmon Program is excited to partner with Waterlust to widely share our education and research missions.  Waterlust's unique approach to science communication allows us to showcase over 70 years of data and knowledge that bear on management and conservation of salmon ecosystems and fisheries in a format that is engaging and accessible to a broad audience. We look forward to continue merging our passion for salmon education and science with their passion for advocacy.”

Daniel Schindler

the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Wendy Fuller (Hayward, WI, US)
Sizing has been difficult for me

First with the good review: I love the material this shorts are made of and 100% support the purpose of your company; that being said, I find the sizing to be most frustrating. The first pair of shorts I purchased the size as indicated in your size chart based on my son's waist circumference, and the short were much too small on him, the next pair was too large - thankfully those went to my older son who is slightly larger, and I hopefully have the sizing dialed in correctly this 3rd time around because as much as I like to support companies such as yours, the shorts are bit pricey to keep making these errors.

Freediver (Kailua-Kona, HI, US)
Love them

These are really nice. The fit and quality is excellent. Love them!

Dan DiNicola (Bellevue, WA, US)

The perfect boardies for any activity! Wear them around town, on the boat, or even the shredding the dunes in Utah! Extremely comfortable and light. I wish I had them back in the day when I was lifeguarding and was required to wear red shorts. Best of all they are made from recycled materials and support a great cause! 🐟