Equal Pay for Men and Woman....Finally
Earlier this morning CEO Sophie Goldschmidt announced equal pay for men and women across all WSL controlled events, something that six-time World Champ Stephanie Gilmore described as, "Incredible, and I am thrilled. The prize money is fantastic, but the message means even more."
"From the moment current ownership became involved, the situation for the women surfers has been transformed for the better in every way," continued Gilmore. "We have been so appreciative, but this takes it to another level. I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honoured and inspired to reward this decision with even higher levels of surfing."
Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater said, "The women on the Tour deserve this change. I'm so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness. 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."