Gender Equality in Surfing? Depends on Who You Ask

Oct 15, 2018

Australian surfer Nikki van Dijk competes professionally on the World Surf League's women's Championship Tour.
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The World Surf League announced last month that in 2019 women will get the same prize money paid to male surfers. Jessi Miley Dyer, the Deputy Commissioner for the World Surf League’s women’s Championship Tour told HPR that the decision was motivated by a desire to move toward gender equality. But surfing elder statesman Fred Hemmings feels differently. He said that male and female atheltes in the WSL do not compete on equal footing and the sport will never achieve true parity until that happens.