After winning “Best Action Sports Film” at the Newport Beach Film Festival, a standing ovation applauded the Aussie documentary titled, Out in the Line-Up. A screening of the film on homosexual surfers was held at the San Diego Surf Film Festival where it received the first standing ovation ever in the history of SDSFF, in addition to winning the “Audience Choice Award.”
As the fastest selling show at SDSFF, Out In The Line-Up follows the stories of homosexual surfers around the world. A documentary exposing the taboo of homosexuality in surfing, the film begins with two protagonists: David Wakefield, an Australian surfer that after 20 years reveales his secret of being gay, and Thomas Castets, a surfer that established an online community for gay riders.
Despite mixed reactions from friends and family, David is determined to find out why homosexuality is so hidden in surfing. Packing his stuff and quitting his job, David joins Thomas on an epic adventure. Watch the film trailer:
While surfing amazing waves throughout the film, David and Thomas meet up with an award winning big wave rider, world champions, and everyday surfers to help build acceptance and contradict the comment that a surf spectator once said, “Gays just aren’t strong enough to paddle a surfboard.”
The documentary follows them all over the world to places like Australia, Hawai’i, California, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. This powerful film even inspired a recent national champion to open up and share his story, giving it a great ending… but you will have to see the film to find out who.
David and Thomas’ end goal was to create change in the surf culture, break down barriers and open minds in the surf community.