is like sex," says a sly Michele Fleury, one of the
six stars of Logo's new dykes-on-boards reality
series, Curl Girls. "Everyone thinks
they look really good doing it--but they usually
about lesbian surfers, on the other hand, are for fans of
sex--or at least fans of sex among flat-abbed,
well-tanned women who also can grab a rail, hang 10,
or shoot a curl. Originally an hour-long documentary
in 2005, Curl Girls got such a positive response from
the lesbian audience that Logo morphed it into a six-episode
"docu-soap" that's part Work
Out, part L Word at the shore.
"girls" bring varying levels of surfing
expertise to El Porto beach in the L.A. suburb of
Manhattan Beach, Calif. There are old-timers like
32-year-old Michele--who's been surfing since
age 16--as well as surfing newcomer Gingi, 25,
who doesn't catch her first wave until episode
Also on hand in
their bikinis and wet suits are serious surfer Erin, 30,
an attorney; clothing designer Vanessa, 33, the
self-described "comic relief," who
attended this year's Dinah Shore White Party in a
banana suit; the tall, modelesque Jessica, 24, a human
resources exec who had to relearn surfing skills after
a serious car accident; and the tough-but-vulnerable
Melissa, 30, an online advertising sales rep and
extreme-sports enthusiast who's even happier on a
Melissa provide the requisite dyke drama for the season,
alternately breaking up and having second thoughts.
"Every time we filmed," Melissa points
out, "we were either fighting or crying or making
Most of the cast
members, however, are in relationships with
non-Curl girls, including Erin and no-nonsense
Michele. "Even if I was single, I
wouldn't be in the dramas," says Michele, who
was once The Advocate's photo editor.
"I'd rather go surfing."
The show opens a
bit cagily without really explaining how these
particular women ended up surfing together. After a while,
though, it doesn't matter. You begin to plunge
with them into the water and their adventures (surf
contests, fashion shows, dressing in drag).
The question is,
Why surfing? Would softball or golf have been too
obvious? "Based on anecdotal information, there are a
lot of gay women who love to surf," says
Logo's senior vice president and general manager
out as to whether the show will encourage a new generation
of gay Gidgets. "I think it's going to
at least inspire some people to try [surfing],"
says Vanessa. But Erin hopes that isn't true:
"There are so many surfers already!"