It took Italo Ferreira roughly ten minutes to simultaneously make history and spark a revolution. After enduring what was essentially a Hollywood film plot on his way to Japan for the ISA World Surfing Games, he arrived just in time to snatch fellow Brazillian Felipe Toledo’s board, paddle out, and win the heat (and then later the whole contest, because that’s how showbiz works, baby). He was immediately mobbed on the beach and, I assume, hoisted onto a few shoulders and transported to a bar while “Eye of the Tiger” played in the background. And he did it all in jean shorts.
On the list of men’s fashion faux pas, jean shorts are nestled somewhere between Crocs and wearing socks with sandals in their level of offensiveness. Denim, while perfectly acceptable in the full-length variety, draws the ire of many when it stops around the knee. The same rule strangely does not apply to the shorts’ upper torso cousin, the vest – which I assume has something to do with Bruce Springsteen.