Great pair of boardshorts and recycled from old H2O bottles! It doesn't get any better. I wasn't sure if they had the cross stitch pattern printed or stitched on them (ya know, kinda raised). A: Printed. I'm a size 32 for most boardies but these 32s were a little big, so keep that in mind. I just did a 1/4" fold at the waist and sewed them tighter. The length is good, just below the knees. The ties are nice and long so they don't come out of the holes too often when yer doin' yer business. That's a plus for me since I wear boardies almost exclusively.