We spoke to Castets, whose documentary about homophobia in surf culture, Out in the Line-Upwill make its U. There was such a great response that I promised myself to come back with a film crew to document it. Over time, it became a much bigger project.
W hen Thomas Castets sat down at his computer in Sydney four years ago and began writing a blog, he had one modest aim. Within two weeks, people had got in touch. Now his website, gaysurfers.
Many of us find pride in nightlife; others meet fellow LGBTQ people through gay sports leaguesan opportunity to find chosen family while playing kickball or water polo. So the recently blossoming cottage industry of gay surf communities marks another, much-needed space that allows queer people to be their authentic selves—while also getting trained in a sport they might have long been interested in but never felt like they could be a part of. South Brazil native Marta Dalla Chiesa is just one advocate spearheading this changing current.
So I want to tell you something. Everyone knows everyone and the surf scene is very much woolly jumpers, knitted hats and cups of tea. Visiting surfers are usually welcomed with open arms and instantly accepted into the family. All of these things are really cool to see.
When I began surfing in earnest eight years ago, the first women I met in the ocean were gay. But the men? None of them were homosexual — at least as far as I knew.
If you caught the bug from Out in the Line-Upthe new doc on gay surfers, here's your chance to get in the water. Tamarindo, on the west coast of Costa Rica, is the perfect venue for both beautiful waves and relaxation. In November, it will also be the home of Gay Surf Weekan event full of "beach, sun, fun and waves with your fellow gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers.
The gays are coming! If you pardon the pun, it seems that gay surfers are attempting to claim their rightful spot in the line-up. As such the very idea was met with outright hostility.
This week marks the debut of GaySurfers. So to celebrate, we dug into our Netflix cache to find three recent gay surfer flicks that feature killer surf and bodacious bods. Shelter is my favorite movie ever.
It's time to start questioning the ying and yang of gender in South African surfing. Youthful surf fashion, it seems, cannot allow for gender slippages. Nevertheless, this is not just a South African trend as globally there is an unspoken homophobia within surfing circles.