The World Surf League today announced several major initiatives to continue the discussion on equality and celebrate International Women’s Day.
Pictured: (From L to R) WSL Women’s Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer, alongside CT surfers Courtney Conlogue, Carissa Moore, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Caroline Marks, and Lakey Peterson. Credit: © WSL
The International Women’s Day discussion, which launched today, is led by Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer and features WSL athletes Lakey Peterson, Courtney Conlogue, Carissa Moore, Tatiana Weston-Webb, and Caroline Marks. The candid dialogue focuses on a new season with equal pay, the competitive drive to prove themselves, body image, and how much the WSL has done to change competitive surfing in the past few years.
Notable WSL Advancements for Women in Surfing:
- Announced gender pay equality beginning in 2019, joining other organizations beyond the world of sport to reach this important milestone.
- Combined men’s and women’s Championship Tour events have increased from four to nine since 2013.
- Women’s Championship Tour prize money has risen by 250% since new ownership took over in 2013 and 38% per event since last year.
- 64 global women’s events scheduled for 2019 – up from 14 just seven years ago.
- The addition of two historic women’s Big Wave Tour events in Pe’ahi and Mavericks. In 2016, Women in the Big Wave Tour (at Pe’ahi) for the very first time.
- Appointment of the WSL’s first female CEO in 2017.
- Development of the co-ed, region vs. region Founders’ Cup, with multiple teams lead by female captains.