Kvinder vil blive udbetalt de samme præmiepenge som mænd på tværs af alle World Surf League-arrangementer fra 2019 i et stort træk, som sesidigt er verdensmester Stephanie Gilmore som “uvirkeligt”.
WSL meddelte i morges, at det vil tildele lige præmiepenge til mandlige og kvindelige atleter for hver WSL-kontrolleret begivenhed i 2019 sæsonen og derover.
“Det er vidunderlige nyheder. Jeg var temmelig følelsesladet, da Sophie (Goldschmidt, WSL-chef) fortalte mig, “Gilmore fortalte The Daily Telegraph fra USA.
“Det er uvirkeligt. Jeg er stolt af at være surfer i dag og kan ikke takke nok kvinderne og mændene, der er kommet for mig og kæmpede så hårdt for det. ”
Gilmore sagde, at hun håber, at andre sportsgrene følger spidsen for surfing.
“Jeg håber, at dette fungerer som en model for andre sportsgrene, globale organisationer og samfundet som helhed,” sagde hun.
“My fellow women athletes and I are honoured by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.”
The move follows on from an outcry over the prize money disparity between male and female surfers at a junior event in South Africa earlier this year.
Surfing will also make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
“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,” Goldschmidt said.
“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.
“This change is simply the right thing to do for the WSL and we would like to thank the many advocates who have worked for decades to help advance women’s surfing.
“We want to be at the forefront of pushing for equality in all walks of life, starting on the waves, and we feel very lucky to have women on our tour who are highly talented, iconic role models, and more than deserve this recognition as they stand alongside our extraordinary male athletes.”
Prize money equality will cover all WSL-controlled events including the world tour, the longboard tour and world junior championships.
“We will be working with our partners at competitions where we don’t control prize money, such as certain Qualifying Series events, to achieve equality as soon as possible,” said surfing commissioner Kieran Perrow.
Kelly Slater backed the decision.
“The women on the tour deserve this change. I’m so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness,” he said.
“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.”