Stand with Bianca
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Big wave world champion, Bianca Valenti, has not been invited to compete in the Titans of Mavericks inaugural women's heat this year.
Valenti has been leading the fight for the inclusion of women in the Titans of Mavericks contest for over a year. If you have looked up the Titans of Mavericks recently you are bound to see Valenti speaking in a video or quoted in an article advocating for a women’s division (not heat), equal prize money, and more, making her the most outspoken female big wave surfer. She is one of the founders of the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing (CEWS), along with fellow big wave surfers Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, and Andrea Moller – all three surfers were invited to compete, but not Valenti.
"Having her at the forefront for all of us women who have been fighting to be in the event, seems like she is being punished for speaking up?!" Paige Alms writes, "For the public that don't know the whole story, without her speaking up for all of us, we may never have a women's heat, ever, at Mavericks!"
"Politics aside, she is one of the top chargers at Mavericks," Andrea Moller writes, "She is the local girl who has been making a difference for all the women hungry to compete [at Mavericks]... Bianca knows those waters and has caught more waves out there then any of us. I’m here not just as a surfer, but also as someone who wants to make a difference for the next generation. Competing at Mavericks is a huge achievement for the women. But please, let’s make this fair."
Currently, six women are invited to compete in the Titans of Mavericks this year...why couldn’t there be seven? Bianca Valenti could be added as a competitor, not an alternate. This would mean seven surfers instead of six in the water – in the past, there have been up to eight surfers competing in a heat at Mavericks.
Bianca Valenti deserves to be celebrated and rewarded by surfing with her sisters at Mavericks this year.
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