A hard truth from the World Surf League: equal pay ≠ gender equality

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The World Surf League now requires that cash prizes be uniform for men and women. On April 7th, 2019, winners of the 2019 World Surf League’s Championship Tour Caroline Marks and Italo Ferreira received winning prize checks of the same amount. This is the first time a female has won the same amount as a male counterpart in pro surfing top tour history. While this is extremely progressive for pro-sports in the US, gender inequality is still largely prevalent in professional surfing. Read more about how female surfers won pay equity fight in this article from the Atlantic.