Finally, in 2019 the World Surf League announced there will be equal pay and prize money for both men and women’s divisions of surfing. For decades before this, women only earned a small cash purse if one at all. A lot of times, women would only receive ‘swag’ from the competition’s sponsors.
Now, playing in Australian theaters, “Girls Can’t Surf” is a new documentary that showcases the struggle and commitment of the women in surfing back in the 80’s and 90’s and how they blazed the trails for women in surfing today. There’s still a lot of sexism and misogyny in the sport, but because of these women, women are beginning to see true equality.
Here’s more insight from creators Madman Films:
“It’s the 1980s and the world of professional #surfing is a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. GIRLS CAN’T SURF follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever. Featuring surfing greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, GIRLS CAN’T SURF is a wild ride of clashing personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with each woman fighting against the odds to make their dreams of competing a reality.”