Gay surfers: proud to ride waves

A group gay surfers will take part in the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, for the first time in history. The riders will be marching along Oxford Street with their surfboards.

"By participating in Mardi Gras, we are showing the public that a healthy diversity exists in both the gay community and the surfing community", says Thomas, founder of GaySurfers.net.

The site was launched in 2010 and offers gay surfers from every point on the planet, a place to meet, socialise, create surf groups based on geographic locations and plan surf events.

Thomas says GaySurfers.net as almost 3,000 members from around 80 countries and it breaks down prejudice and builds up self-esteem, by creating a network of openly gay surfers who understand the trials of being homosexual within surf culture.

Thomas emphasizes that this is not a dating site, nor is it a porn site. "It is strictly a social community based on a passion for surfing. Those hoping to slide a questionable photo in under the radar better find another website, because we monitor this one closely", says the founder.