A still from the film
Out In The Line-Up
A new documentary about gay surfers available on Vimeo
I have a bona fide surf fetish. I absolutely dig ALL things surf related-ocean bleach blonde hair and goody trails,shimmering wet suit bulges, waking and baking, Maui sunsets, shooting the tube, the sweet smell of Coppertone and of course the bodies! So, needless to say when I came across this documentary ‘Out In The Line-Up‘ about gay surfers I nearly spilled my load. Since I’m two bloody marys and a bit of waking and baking into my Saturday morning I thought I’d share a succinct two sentence synopsis provided by the filmmakers, “Two gay surfers embark on a global journey to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. They become part of an emerging community prepared to step out of the shadows of secrecy and create a more open accepting surf culture.” I mean, how cool is that?
Basically there was one guy, David a former state champion (coming to terms with being gay) on one side of the world who hooked up with Thomas living on the other side who was starting to set up the world’s first online community of gay surfers. The two packed their bags and surfed all over the world together making this film in the hope that they change the surf culture and ultimately bring it back to the original principles that I love: freedom of spirit, open mindedness and a love of the ocean. I only wish their were more duos like Dave and Thomas in other sports arenas (like tennis-hello gays!) to affect change in the “line up” and pave a way for more out and proud athletes. Dip in those greens, get comfortable and have a watch.