x

OUT in the line-up

by on Wednesday 24th April, 2013   12308 Visits   Comments

SURFING is a stereotype, you are are stereotype, and if you oggle girls bikinis or boys in budgie smugglers online you perpetuate said stereotypes. Call someone gay for pulling-back on a wave and you are perpetuating homophobia through the medium of humour.

This a personal bug-bear, whiter than white do-goody types lecturing us mortals on our moral waverings. Shouldn’t we be past all this in 2013? Black white, gay, straight, tall, short, ginger, who gives a flying fleck? But ultimately it all depends if you believe in equality, and you probably should, because there’s no moral argument for not doing so. Extend the argument and a world removed from these personal moral and ethical restraints, now commonly codified into law, will eat you up like a gnat standing toe-to-toe with a steamroller.

But sadly our sport of kings is riddled with inequality and prejudice, from girls being paid a fraction of the boys whilst feeling they have to expose every inch of flesh to the almost total absence of homosexuals in our wave-riding culture. Dismounting the moral high horse, it seems unbelievable in this day-and-age that this door still needs to be busted down, that these superficial artifices shielding a long departed audience haven’t disolved into irrelevancy. But there they are, still standing, and OUT in the line-up is zeroing in on the “no gays in the surfing village” myth like a heat seeking missile.

My personal prediction is that this particular door doesn’t need much to be kicked down, as much as ridiculed, the water is about to rip the hinges out and when it does surfing shouldn’t take long to catch up with mainstream cultural opinion. Who knows, perhaps surfing can then act as a beacon for other sports like professional football, cricket, rugby where this outdated taboo seems to still hold fast.

What you can do is donate to the project as it requires a little extra boost to get over the finish line.

Comments
Average rating of 4.4286 from 7 votes

12308 Visits -

News Win a Fourth Surfboard at Surf Bettys
67

Win a Fourth Surfboard at Surf Bettys

A chance to get your artwork imprinted on a custom Fourth at Surf Bettys festival in Newquay

Video Waves of the World in Salt Horizon
1809

Waves of the World in Salt Horizon

A teaser for Matt Lackey's new bodyboard project, showcasing some of the best heavy waves the world has on offer

Video Mikey Wright – Home Sweet Home
463

Mikey Wright – Home Sweet Home

Mikey Wright having fun, making the most of being home in Lennox

Video Soli Bailey's Doing it Right
198

Soli Bailey's Doing it Right

Kaius Potter captures Soli Bailey's 2 month trip around the Indonesian archipelago

Video The Ripple Effect: Bob Hurley
1428

The Ripple Effect: Bob Hurley

The final episode of The Ripple Effect tells the story of how the humble brainchild of an eccentric genius changed the entire surf industry

Video Russell Bierke – Not Your Typical 16-year-old
7962

Russell Bierke – Not Your Typical 16-year-old

A year following 16-year-old Russell Bierke charging Shipsterns, Hawaii and South Coast NSW