Everyone agrees that Women's Surfing has progressed and is the best it has ever been, but still the Women's Tour is undervalued by the ASP. Women Professional Surfers have a total prize packet of $120,000. The men have $450,000. Women Pro surfers have 8 events. The men have 10. Women Pro Surfers are scheduled for spots like Biarritz in July, when there are no waves. If the event is cancelled, the ASP don't pay their expenses. Professional surfers already prove their worth to get on the tour in the first place. In such competitive conditions, the women should be afforded the same prize money as men to make a living that allows them to continue to compete. The ASP builds a brand off their talents but is not investing equally in female athletes.
- Commissioner, Association of Surf Professionals
- Deputy Commissioner, Association of Surf Professionals
Re: ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Schedule and Prizes
The ASP is an Association for Surfing Professionals, but its competition structure disadvantages female professional surfers.
Women Professional Surfers have a total prize packet of $120,000 for each event. The men have $450,000. Women Pro Surfers have eight events. The men have ten. Women Pro Surfers are scheduled for spots like Biarritz in July, when there are no waves. If the event is cancelled, the ASP don't pay their expenses, and they are expected to attend the event again, for prize money that is less than a third of the prize money for the men's tour.
The ASP represents both men and women surfers and should lead by example. Female surfers deserve to be able to earn the same prize money as men and should not be discriminated against on the basis of gender. The ASP actively devalues their contribution by paying less money and promoting less events in less appropriate locations. This has been the situation for women professional surfers for years. It is time for change.
Give women surfing professionals equal prize money and status in professional surfing.
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