Finally, World Surf League offers equal prize money for women and men

Bianca Valenti said she was “in shock” when she heard the news, because women surfers had been so thorougly stonewalled in their quest for equality. She had to wonder if it would ever happen, but the blessed word came down on Wednesday: The World Surf League, which stages the annual big-wave contest at Mavericks, announced that it will offer equal prize money to men and women for all events, including the year-long Championship Tour. In the words of Sophie Goldschmidt, the WSL’s first female CEO, “It was simply the right thing to do. We want to be at the forefront of pushing for equality in all walks of life, starting on the waves.

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