The Lesbian Muffle Diving board is coming back to the public for the first time in a decade.
The Muff Diver has been out of business since March 2018, when the California Coastal Commission ordered it closed to the general public.
The board, which was originally built in 1989 and named for its founder, Marjorie Strom, has since been purchased by an investment group that plans to convert it into a spa and restaurant.
(Strom died in 2007.)
The Lesbian Muffs is a unique version of the board, complete with a full-size pool and hot tub.
Its makers, Marcella and Luciano Montagnier, had hoped to sell the board to the local nonprofit that operates it, the California Coast Guard.
But the nonprofit went out of its way to keep the board in business.
It hired a design team to bring it back to life, and then a team of engineers and technicians from the company that built it began to assemble the board’s new parts.
The new board has the same look and feel as the original, but it features more of the original design elements.
This was done so that the board could be easily repurposed as a spa, or to be placed in a nearby park or on a beach.
The board is also now available for rent in other cities and countries.
“It’s a beautiful piece of art, but also a unique, innovative design,” Marcellan Maragnini, president of the California Maritime Museum, said of the new board.
For many lesbians, the board is a symbol of their community’s resilience and strength, and it’s also a reminder of the obstacles lesbian couples face.
“The board’s unique design was very powerful for us to feel connected to and not ashamed of who we are,” Strom said.
(Maragnini told Ars that the museum’s board has been featured in many public events.)
“This is a very beautiful board, but at the same time, I’m proud that we have created something that makes people feel comfortable to dive, and they feel comfortable that they can dive with us,” Stom said.
“So this is a wonderful way for us, in my view, to do something positive.”
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