“I’ve been supportive of WSL’s decision to pay equal prize money to men’s and women’s competitors and I believe it sends a great message of equality,” said Kelly Slater, 11x World Champion. “The WSL viewing everyone as an equal adds to the value of this tour. I see that as a win for all and makes ‘Every Wave for Everyone’ easily relatable. I’m pleased to see stronger support for women by our governing body than ever before.”
The first Championship Tour (CT) event to award equal prize money will take place this April in Queensland, Australia, where the WSL will also launch a global beachside engagement program for girls, called the Rising Tides – WSL Girls Program, which offers clinics at each women’s CT stop in order to inspire the next generation of female surfers. A new content series this year, the WSL Heritage Series, will feature notable women in the sport — trailblazers, record-breakers and vanguard activists that have helped pave the way.
The series will include well-known figures like Lisa Andersen and Sofia Mulanovich, as well as lesser-known pioneers like Pauline Menczer and Sarah Gerhardt.