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Will Pro Surfing Achieve Gender Parity?

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In 2018 the World Surf League announced that it would pay equal prize money to male and female competitors. Professional surfer Keala Kennelly, who was the female winner of the 2018 big wave competition at Maui's famous Jaws surf break, was announced as the first woman to be invited to the famous Eddie Aikau memorial surf competiton. Is pro surfing on a path to total gender parity? 

Today's panel includes:

Keala Kennelly, big wave surfer, former female world champion.

Clyde Aikau, Eddie Aikau Foundation, brother of Eddie Aikau.

Fred Hemmings, former pro surfer, founder of Pipeline Masters contest.

Alos featured were pro surfers Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, Filipe Toledo, and Ezikeil Lau, and WSL Hawaii General Manager Jodi Wilmott. 

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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