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

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

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The Jay at Mavericks: Mother Nature wants us to wait

The Jay at Mavericks will probably not be run. The official waiting period is about to close and the surf forecasters believe there won't be the right swell and wind to get the contest running.

The Half Moon Bay hasn't seen big waves in the last weeks and Mavericks is very quiet mainly due to the La Niña year. Big waves usually hit this region of California when strong winds from the North Pacific generate a large swell and shore winds do their work.

The shallow reef of Mavericks is a very sensitive wave generator and, this year, conditions may not be sufficient to run the big wave paddle-in competition.

"The cold water, it gets huge and it's a tough wave to line up in the right spot on. And at least one person has drowned there. It's a pretty terrifying place," said Kelly Slater to the AP.

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Alejo Muniz: home win

Alejo Muniz has conquered the Hang Loose Pro Contest, in three-to-five foot surf, at the Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. The Brazilian surfer scored 13 points to defeat Dion Atkinson who only got 7.14 points. Muniz was very happy.

"Winning is the best feeling of all", said Alejo Muniz, as soon as he got to the podium over his mates shoulders. "This is Brazil’s biggest event. Last year, I got so close, but now everything worked my way this time, and it’s awesome to start the year like this. Winning here in Fernando de Noronha is fantastic."

Alejo will be flying to Australia where he makes his debut on the ASP Dream Tour. He is now one of five Brazilians in the elite group of the 34 best surfers in the world.

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