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Keepin’ it Dry with Dry Dudz

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Yep, that's me riding the monster waves of Honolulu, wearing boardshots from Dry Dudz.
Yep, that’s me riding the monster waves of Honolulu, wearing boardshots from Dry Dudz.

I love the water. I love kayaking, canoeing or just riding in a boat. And just recently I added a new activity to my water sports — surfing, which I tried for the first time in Oahu. (That’s a bit harder to practice in my landlocked hometown of Atlanta, but I can always practice the pop-up on my family room floor.)

But I don’t love emerging from my kayak or canoe with a soaked butt, followed by the uncomfortable ride home with a soggy seat. On one recent kayaking adventure on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we all stripped out of our jeans in the parking lot, wrapped ourselves in towels and begged the driver to avoid any accidents or speeding tickets on the way home.

So I was thrilled to try out a line of active wear and swimwear that is both quick-drying and stylish. I mean, who likes to pack away a wet bathing suit if you’re hitting the road that same day? Dry Dudz are quick drying and also come in a waterproof bag that’s easy to pack.

Dry Dudz makes boardshorts, bikini tops and separates in a variety of cute styles and colors. I wore the boardshorts and bikini top for my debut as a surfer. I had to wear a long-sleeve shirt supplied by the surf shop over the top because you don’t want to chafe your arms when you paddle. (Which by the way, was way harder than I thought.)

After we were done surfing, I just peeled that off and was dry in time for the van ride back to our hotel.

The pieces are affordably prices from $25 to $75 and it’s fun to mix and match the separates. Tell your guy friends. too. They will love the men’s boardshorts, available in five designs. Check them out on the site at

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