World Surf League announces Prize Money Equality

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The World Surf League (WSL) today 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 to be a global leader in gender pay equality and join other organizations beyond the world of sport reaching this important milestone.  

 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), six-time World Champion, said, “This is incredible, and I am thrilled. The prize money is fantastic, but the message means even more. From the moment current ownership became involved, the situation for the women surfers has been transformed for the better in every way. We have been so appreciative, but this takes it to another level. I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.”

Kelly Slater, holder of 11-time World Championships and  55 Championship Tour victories, said, “The women on the tour deserve this change.  I’m so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness. The female WSL athletes are equally committed to their craft as the male athletes and should be paid the same.  Surfing has always been a pioneering sport, and this serves as an example of that.” 

WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt and Lakey Peterson (USA – Current World Number 2) also included on Newsfeed Platform Link.
The WSL continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports leagues, continually expanding its reach and fan base. WSL content and live coverage is now digitally available in every market and over 100 linear broadcasters now cover its events, including this week’s groundbreaking competition at Surf Ranch. Surfing has also been added to the roster for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, introducing the sport to new audiences.
In further support of its commitment to women’s surfing, today the WSL also announces three initiatives which will launch in 2019 to further elevate women’s surfing: 
  • A global marketing campaign to highlight the women’s tour as well as increase event viewership and fan engagement.
  • A local community engagement program for girls around the world, featuring instructional clinics awith WSL athletes at each women’s Championship Tour stop to inspire the next generation to embrace surfing.
  • A monthly content series about the pioneering women of surfing, celebrating them across WSL channels, starting next week with seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley. 
The world’s best will compete later this week at the Surf Ranch Pro presented by Hurley in Lemoore, CA from September 6 – 9, 2018.
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