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 450 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.
“Results have exceeded expectations, reassuring us for the need of this social initiative.”