LGBT surfers worldwide can now find support and advice online thanks to an Australian website serving their needs.
“Surfing is often seen as a macho sport where many fear rejection for being gay,” said the site in a statement, noting that “In the past, some professionals who came out lost their sponsorships.”
Gaysurfers.net offers users gay surfing articles and lists of LGBT friendly surf spots as well as forums and a chatting service.
Founded by Thomas, a gay surfer, the site intends to help LGBT surfers make new contacts and friends.
“I’ve lived abroad, in France, Sydney and Los Angeles… I have often tried to get to know other gay surfers, unsuccessfully,” he said.
Membership is anonymous and free and surfers can sign up by creating a profile on the site.