Michael Hamar

Gay Surfers Website Launches

Filed By Michael Hamar | April 27, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics
Tags: Australia, living out and proud, Outer Banks, paddling out, surfers, surfing

I have loved surfing since my son began surfing 14 years ago. gay surfer.pngTaking up the sport in mid-life was a challenge, but the thrill of the ocean, the great exercise and the camaraderie are great. For one stretch of time I had not missed surfing one or more times a month for 70 straight months.

Now that I live in Hampton, it's about 45-60 minutes to the nearest good surf spot, so I will admit that I've been pretty remiss in getting in the water regularly of late. Paddling out and letting all your focus rest on the waves and the beauty around you is a tremendous stress reliever. On a beautiful early morning "dawn patrol," it can be an almost religious experience.

I am sure that there are plenty of LGBT surfers in this area - we are, after all, everywhere - but in surfing's sometimes macho culture, one surely does not have an opportunity to meet them. Now, a website launched out of Australia may change all that long term change and end the sense of isolation that can exist. Same Same has details on the new website - which I have already joined - and I recommend that surfers check it out:

A new website dedicated to LGBT surfers provides a unique opportunity for gay surfers from around the world to meet and socialise online. GaySurfers.net is proving popular in its initial few weeks online, with [615] members registered since it launched in February.

"For many years I was hoping that a site like this would be launched but it never happened, so I decided to do it myself," explains Thomas, the not-for-profit site's Sydney-based founder.

The website features details of gay-friendly surf spots in Australia, Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States, along with a discussion forum and interviews with out surfers.

"It's a tool for gay surfers to meet and find others that share the same passion and sometimes face similar issues," its founder explains. "Most gay surfers live closeted with the fear of being rejected by their surfing community. I was hoping the site would help them and provide more solidarity among gay and lesbian surfers worldwide.

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I've never been surfing, but I was sooooo jealous when we were in California and I saw the guys riding waves. I wanted to try it so bad.