Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – The World Surf League (WSL) announced that it will award equal prize money to male and female athletes for every WSL-controlled event in the 2019 season and beyond, becoming the first and only US based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to achieve prize money equality. The WSL is proud of its commitment to gender equality, and proud to join other organizations beyond the world of sport reaching this important milestone. Here are just a few reactions from our current and former female surfers on social media. We'd love to share them all, but we'd be here for hours! Well done WSL. Very well done.
laynebeachley "20 years ago I won my first ASP World Title. It was one of the most exciting and satisfying moments of my life. In that year (1998) I won 5 events, the Triple Crown and earned US$75,000 in prize money for my efforts. Today, the same deep sense of pride and satisfaction has been reignited by the announcement of the @wsl to offer equal prize money in 2019 and beyond. To my predecessors and pioneers, thank you for providing us with the platform to live an enviable lifestyle and opportunity to follow our dreams to one day, become a professional surfer. To my peers and competitors, todays announcement brings justice and reason to our battles on the waves and in the boardroom. Thank you to the Ziff family for their unwavering support, investment and belief in women’s Surfing. This is an historical day in the world of sport and I’m extremely grateful for Surfing to be leading the way in the global equity pay debate. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible! #CatchThisWave#stoked (photo by @snp5000)"
jessmileydyer "Today, the WSL announces equal prize money for all our Women’s tours and events that we control. I have always dared to believe that this day would come. And I’ve been here for a long time. From 2005- 2012 I was the women’s Surfer rep and then a Director on the ASP Board, (after learning from Layne Beachley and Kate Wilcomes who came before me). After that I became the first and only woman in the Commissioner’s Office. This is not for me personally, but I feel like it is. It’s something that I am more proud of than anything my competitive career. Thank you Dirk and Natasha, Sophie and the rest of our Ownership team. Thank you for believing too @wsl @laynebeachley @skazrat" #catchthiswave #equality #strongwomen
stephaniegilmore "Like every female athlete, when you are out there competing, your only focus is on winning. The difference in prize money between men and women never crosses your mind in the heat of competition - you are too busy going all out. Today is a very proud day for me. 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. It’s everywhere. And for this announcement to come now, and for it to happen during my career. Thank you @wsl." Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world.” #CatchThisWave #EqualByNature#makewavesmovemountains
becwoods "Proud of @wsl taking a sport over, seeing the potential and understanding the complexities of marketing .. the power that they hold for the future of surfing, society and women! The 9 years hard fought on a world tour that was tough financially and felt like a constant fight, this is a huge change. I salute and thank you @wsl @jessmileydyer@laynebeachley @brookesfarris and all the generations before." ❤️💙🙌🏼 #chaseyourdreams #women #surfing
tylerwright "Proudest moment in our sport @wsl. Equal By Nature! Thank you Dirk, Natasha, Sophie, Jessi and all the strong women out there, to the women in our sport who have come before us and have made a stand for what is right. Being a young woman in this world/sport I never really thought about gender equality or the pay gap, I just assumed that it was never going to be possible, even though I believe in equality and fairness. Today I am proud to be apart of the @wsl, it’s a message of equality, the ability to create change, and hopefully it may inspire the rest of the world and the surfing/sports industry to #catchthiswave and step up."
Read the full World Surf League press release HERE
Happy surfing girls!