NPR: Equal Pay For Equal Shreds: World Surf League Will Award Same Prizes To Men And Women

By Laurel Wamsley

7 September 2018

Surfing's governing body has announced that it will give equal prize money to male and female athletes in all of its events, starting next year.

"This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women's surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule," World Surf League CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said in a statement. "This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support."

The new policy closes a significant pay gap between men and women at the league's surf competitions. At WSL events in Australia earlier this year, the men's winner was paid $100,000, while the top woman was paid $65,000.

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