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Discover : Queer Surf Club, a global community making surfing more inclusive

Aside from being Pride Month, this June holds special significance for English surfer Frazer
Riley for another reason—it marks the 1-year anniversary of Queer Surf Club. Riley founded
Queer Surf Club as a digital community hub, connecting queer surfers from around the world,
uplifting their experiences and creating a more inclusive surf culture.

“It doesn’t feel real, and at the same time I couldn’t imagine it not being here,” Frazer says of
hitting the 1-year milestone. “I think the most incredible part has been how much it means to
people, and how much it relates to their own experiences.”

Thousands of surfers have found their way to Queer Surf Club’s network, which includes social
media pages, a Discord server for coordinating surf meetups and a website hosting the Queer
Surf Map—a resource for finding LGBTQ+ owned or friendly surf shops, clubs, camps and
more. For Frazer, whether it’s creating resources for LGBTQ+ surfers or posting relatable
photos on Instagram of queer surfers simply enjoying the ocean, Queer Surf Club “is everything
that the surf industry isn’t,” he explains. “If surf magazines and websites are gonna focus on
pros and the hardcore side of surfing, we’re going to focus on the relatable and everyday.”

Frazer doesn’t have to guess at the impact the Queer Surf Club has had on the LGBTQ+ surf
community—folks regularly send him DMs detailing their lives as queer surfers, and what having
a community hub has meant to them. For Frazer, the past year has been as much joy as it has
been hard work, and he has no plans to slow down. When asked about his future goals for
Queer Surf Club, Frazer rapid fires a list of everything from expanding digital platforms to
organizing Pride paddle outs to consulting surf brands looking to be more inclusive. “So many
ideas,” he says with a laugh. “I have a whole notebook full of them.”