Gay surf camp to be held in Brazil
Gaysurfers.net will play host for a surf camp in Brazil later this month. The brains behind the surf camp is Thomas Castets the founder of the gaysurfers.net website and creator of award-winning documentary Out in the Line-Up.
“After running a survey on www.GaySurfers.net ,” said Castets, “we found that gay surfers really wanted us to create surf trips with other gay surfers. So we partnered with Brazil Ecojourneys to organise a week of surfing, relaxing and yoga in the gorgeous town of Praia do Rosa in South Brazil. After a successful first run last year, we knew we had to do it again in 2014.”
Brazil is home to some of the best waves in the world, making it the perfect destination for an LGBT surf trip. The LGBT-owned and operated Brazil Ecojourneys launched the first edition with GaySurfers in October, 2013, with participants flying in from Canada, USA and Argentina.
Marta Dalla Chiesa of Brazil Ecojourneys told gaysurfers.net she was aware of discrimination against LGBTI people in sport but hadn’t realised homophobia was so rampant.
“We are all quite aware of the prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people in sports, but I hadn’t necessarily considered surfing as one of the last “bastions” of homophobia. Watching Out in the Line-Up was a real eye-opener, which inspired our company to reach out and partner with GaySurfers,” said Dalla Chiesa.
“We organised the first-ever LGBT Surf Camp in Brazil last year and it was totally amazing. Besides helping fund the documentary, it showed us that there are a lot of people out there who would like to be surfing but are holding back because of homophobia they’ve encountered. Surfing amongst friends allows them to live their dream, and it is so much more fun!”