MEDIA RELEASE (28 March 2014)


OUT in the line-up


Groundbreaking documentary about homosexuality in surfing has been selected for Film Festivals in Newport Beach and San Diego.  The film has already won Best Documentary Award at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and Best Surf Film Award at Byron Bay Film Festival.

Top wave-riders from around the world have spoken out for the first time on the challenges of being gay in the surf.   It’s ironic in a sport celebrated for being about freedom and self-expression, but gay surfers have traditionally hidden their sexuality on the waves, fearing ridicule, threats, bashings and ostracism.

High-profile members of the surfing community have now spoken on camera about this hidden side of surf culture in a cutting-edge documentary.

“The precedent is that if you are gay, or we think you’re gay, then you’re out. And that social coercion is the most powerful coercion that exists within the surfing world,” said three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion Cori Schumacher.

OUT in the line-up follows the story of two gay surfers who unite to bring this issue into the open.  Together they embark on a global journey to hear the perspectives of people from all corners of the surfing community including former world champion Cori Schumacher, celebrated big-wave rider Keala Kennelly and former US Congressman Barney Frank (who had the good sense to marry a surfer and become the first US congressmen to have a same-sex marriage).

As their journey unfolds, they uncover a culture of fear, secrecy and exclusion but are also inspired to affect change by connecting people, provoking discussion and looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit and love for the ocean. (For an extended synopsis click here)


OUT in the line-up was filmed over a period of 18 months in Northern and Southern California, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, with an amazing cast of volunteers including surfers and crew from the USC film school, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many, many others who shared their talents to bring the story to life.

Book your ticket to see this groundbreaking film at these locations:
Newport Beach Film Festival
April 30 at 8:00pm at South Coast Village 3
San Diego Surf Film Festival
May 9 at 9PM At Bird’s Surf Shed


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