Surfing’s first LGBTIQA+ wedding!
Not a dry eye in the house following Tuesday’s wedding of the two-time world surfing champ Tyler Wright to her gal Lilli Baker, now Mrs Lilli Wright.
A who’s who of surfing notables, including WSL CEO Erik Logan, heaped congratulations on the couple.
“Stunning and Beautiful. Two gorgeous souls connected for eternity,” wrote Elo.
From Swellian and Goons of Doom frontman Vaughan Blakey, “CONGRATS YOU LEGENDS! Looks magic!”
“Beautiful,” wrote Stephanie Gilmore.
And, from World Surf League commissioner Jessi Miley Dyer, a simple, “Perfection.”
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Of their relationship, Wright describes it as flush with “ease and openness. There’s genuineness, love, respect and appreciation. Being with someone who encourages you to be more you is always a good time.”
Eyes now turn to the men’s tour where not one surfer in the sport’s almost fifty-year history has openly expressed his homosexuality, let alone walked down the aisle with his true love.
(Former pro Matt Branson came out after he split the tour in 1991, telling Fred Pawle, “It was fucking incredibly hard. You always felt like you were lying.”)
Either means the tour is a hotbed of straightness or there’s a helluva lot of closet hiding going on.