It’s about time!
Female surfers have finally won equal pay in prize money to their male athlete counterparts.
The World Surf League, the most prominent organization that holds the highest competing level of surf competitions announced in September that it will be offering equal prize money to both female and male competitors in 2019.
This makes the WSL the first American-based global sports league to offer gender pay equality.
“Today is a very proud day for me,” seven-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore wrote in an a op piece for The Players Tribune.
“I’m proud to be a surfer. Proud to be a female surfer. I feel like the momentum in our society to have this conversation is incredible — because it’s not just in surfing, or in sport, that women are fighting for equality in the workplace. It’s everywhere. And for this announcement to come now, and for it to happen during my career — and then to have the support of so many male surfers, including Kelly Slater — is unbelievable,” she said.
For us at Abysse, this means the world to us. This step in the right direction of gender equality in the competitive world of surfing makes us proud to call ourselves female surfers. The momentum caused by this will further influence other aspects of the fight for women’s rights everywhere. Hopefully, this will have an impact on other sports organizations to take the initiative to provide equal pay. Because it’s not just in surfing or sports, it’s all around us.