boarshorrt buyers guide

While late-winter West Coast water temps dip into the low 50s and the surf goes into unseasonable periods of hibernation, it's hard to imagine a summer of endless swells and warm water. But as Earth continues to catapult into this bizarre phenomenon known as "global climate change," the world's leading scientific minds are breaking out the sunscreen. "There is a 60-percent probability that 2007 will be as warm or warmer than the current warmest year, 1998," claims Britain's Meteorological Office. What that means is that boardshorts have never been more vital to your surfing future. Here's a sampling of what to look for as the temperature starts rising.