Agora sim!!! Homens e mulheres terão premiações iguais na WSL

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Filipe Toledo, Carissa Moore, Julian Wilson, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Tatiana Weston-We, Adrian Buchan and Lakey Peterson together at the Surf Ranch Pro in Lemoore, CA, USA.

A World Surf League anuncia igualdade na premiação dos homens e mulheres a partir de 2019 nos eventos por ela controlados, como o Championship Tour, Longboard, Pro Junior e Big Wave Tour

A World Surf League divulgou uma grande novidade nessa semana, a de que a partir de 2019 todos os eventos organizados diretamente pela WSL terão premiações iguais para os atletas das categorias masculina e feminina. Será a primeira e única liga esportiva global com sede nos Estados Unidos, a promover a igualdade da premiação em dinheiro para homens e mulheres. A WSL está orgulhosa do seu compromisso com a igualdade de gêneros e por se unir a outras organizações além do mundo do esporte, com este importante marco histórico.

Equal By Nature

Equal by Nature. From 2019, female and male athletes will receive equal prize money across all WSL controlled events. #CatchThisWave

Pubblicato da World Surf League su Mercoledì 5 settembre 2018

“Este é um passo à frente enorme em nossa estratégia há muito tempo planejada, de elevar o nível do surfe feminino, então estamos entusiasmados em assumir esse compromisso já a partir da temporada 2019”, disse a CEO da WSL, Sophie Goldschmidt. “Esta é a mais recente de uma série de ações que a Liga se comprometeu trabalhar para nossas atletas do sexo feminino, desde competir na mesma qualidade de ondas que os homens, até melhores locações e mais apoio e investimento no surfe feminino”.

CEO Sophie Goldschmidt (@WSL / Sandy Coffey)

“Esta mudança era simplesmente a coisa certa a fazer pela WSL e gostaríamos de agradecer aos muitos defensores que trabalharam durante décadas para ajudar a promover o surfe feminino”, continua Sophie Goldschmidt. “Queremos estar na vanguarda de pressionar pela igualdade em todas as esferas da vida, começando pelas ondas. Nos sentimos muito sortudos de termos mulheres em nosso circuito que são modelos talentosos e icônicos, então mais do que merecem esse reconhecimento de igualdade aos nossos extraordinários atletas masculinos”.

A hexacampeã mundial Stephanie Gilmore, festejou a novidade: “Isso é incrível e estou muito feliz. O prêmio em dinheiro é fantástico, mas a mensagem significa muito mais. A partir do momento em que a atual diretoria da WSL assumiu, a situação das surfistas mulheres se transformou para melhor em todos os sentidos. Espero que isso sirva de modelo para outros esportes, organizações globais e para a sociedade como um todo. Todas nós atletas estamos honradas com a confiança em nós e inspiradas para recompensar essa decisão com níveis cada mais altos de surfe”.

O onze vezes campeão mundial Kelly Salter também comentou sobre a decisão inédita da WSL: “As mulheres que correm o circuito merecem essa mudança. Tenho muito orgulho de que o surfe esteja optando por liderar a igualdade e justiça no esporte. As atletas do surfe feminino da WSL estão igualmente comprometidas com seu ofício como os do masculino, então devem receber o mesmo pagamento nas premiações. O surfe sempre foi um esporte pioneiro e esse é mais um exemplo disso”.

O comissário da WSL, Kieren Perrow, destacou: “Hoje é um momento histórico para o nosso esporte, surfe. Além do nosso calendário de 2019 com novas datas, estamos orgulhosos de confirmar que a igualdade de prêmios já estará em vigor na próxima temporada. Isso abrange todos os eventos controlados pela WSL, o Championship Tour, Longboard Tour, World Junior Championships e o Big Wave Tour de 1.o de outubro a março de 2019. Estaremos trabalhando com nossos parceiros organizadores de campeonatos que nós não controlamos a premiação, como os eventos do Qualifying Series, para alcançar a igualdade total o quanto antes”.  

A World Surf League vai se firmando como uma das ligas esportivas de crescimento mais rápido no mundo, expandindo continuamente seu alcance e base de fãs. O conteúdo da WSL e as transmissões ao vivo agora estão disponíveis digitalmente em várias plataformas e com mais de 100 emissoras cobrindo seus eventos, inclusive o evento inovador desta semana na onda criada pelo homem no Surf Ranch. O surfe também foi adicionado oficialmente à lista dos Jogos Olímpicos de Toquio 2020, introduzindo o esporte para novos públicos.

 

Tatiana Weston-Webb

Para apoiar ainda mais seu compromisso com o surfe feminino, hoje a WSL também anuncia três iniciativas que serão lançadas em 2019:

 

– uma campanha de marketing global para destacar o circuito feminino, além de aumentar a visualização dos eventos e o envolvimento dos fãs

– Um programa local de envolvimento da comunidade para meninas em todo o mundo, com clínicas instrucionais com atletas da WSL em cada etapa feminina do Championship Tour para inspirar novas gerações a abraçar o surfe

– Uma série de conteúdos mensais sobre as mulheres pioneiras do surfe, celebrando-as nos canais da WSL, começando na próxima semana com a heptacampeã mundial Layne Beachley

Acesse o calendário 2019 da WSL no www.worldsurfleague.com/press-room

Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Lakey Peterson and Tatiana Weston-Webb
@WSL / KELLY CESTARI

APÊNDICE

A World Surf League continua apresentando os melhores surfistas do mundo nas melhores ondas do mundo, criando eventos inclusivos, emocionantes e de alta qualidade, desfrutados por milhares de fãs em todo o mundo. Um foco importante nos últimos anos tem sido aumentar o investimento no surfe feminino:

– Eventos combinados com homens e mulheres competindo juntos aumentaram de quatro para nove

– A premiação em dinheiro nas etapas femininas aumentou 153%

– 64 eventos globais para mulheres estão programados para 2019

– A inclusão de dois eventos históricos do Big Wave Tour em Pe´ahi e Mavericks

– Nomeação do primeiro CEO feminino na WSL em 2017

– Na estreia da Founders´ Cup, competição especial por países no Surf Ranch, várias equipes com capitães do sexo feminino

 

6X World Champion and current Jeep Leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) advances to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Corona Bali Protected after winning Heat 2 of Round 3 at Keramas, Bali, Indonesia.

Cronograma de investimento da WSL para o surfe feminino até o momento:

 

– em 2013 eram oito eventos do Championship Tour feminino e a WSL agora investe em dez, incluindo locais de classe mundial como Jeffreys Bay, Fiji e agora Bali, Trestles e agora Surf Ranch e Maui

– Desde 2013, o prêmio em dinheiro por evento no CT feminino aumentou em 153%

– em 2014, é estabelecida pela WSL a paridade dos prêmios para o Champioship Tour masculino e feminino, com todos os competidores, homens e mulheres, ganhando o mesmo prêmio médio em dinheiro por surfista

– em 2016, as mulheres passam a competir no Big Wave Tour em Pe´ahi pela primeira vez

– em 2017, a WSL nomeia a sua primeira CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt

– em 2018, a WSL promove a Founders´ Cup, competição de equipes representando regiões

– em 2018, dois eventos do Big Wave Tour para mulheres, em Pe´ahi e Mavericks

– em 2019, igualdade de prêmios em dinheiro nas etapas do Champioship Tour, Longboard Tour, World Junior Championships e Big Wave Tour a partir de 1.o de outubro de 2018 até março de 2019

– Futuro: trabalhar pela instituição de igualdade da premiação com os parceiros organizadores dos eventos do Qualifying Series (QS) e Pro Junior que não são controlados pela WSL

Acompanhe a transmissão ao vivo do Surf Ranch Pro que começa nesta quinta-feira pelo www.worldsurfleague.com ou pelo aplicativo ou pelo Facebook Live da World Surf League.

Stephanie Gilmore @WSL/ZUMA Press

Confira abaixo a declaração na integra de Stephanie e Slater:

Stephanie Gilmore

“Today, I feel proud to be a surfer.

Well, I’m always proud to be a surfer. But today is a little different. Today, something pretty special is happening.

Today, the World Surf League is announcing that it will award equal prize money to male and female surfers for every WSL event in the 2019 season and beyond, making it the first and only U.S.–based sport league to achieve pay equality.

To explain how huge this is, I have to tell you a little about myself — and what it’s like to be a female in this sport.

When I was a young girl growing up in New South Wales, Australia, I had posters all over my bedroom walls of my favorite surfers — mostly male surfers, because those were the only posters available. There were plenty of female surfers I looked up to. I really appreciated Lisa Andersen, Chelsea Hedges and Sofía Mulánovich, and I loved Megan Abubo, from Hawaii, and, of course, Layne Beachley, from Australia. Instead of posters, I would cut their pictures out of magazines and put those on my wall. But even those weren’t easy to find.

When you’re a young girl, you don’t think of what that discrepancy means. You don’t think about why you can’t find posters of female surfers. You just put up your Kelly Slater posters and continue dreaming about winning a world championship.

At least that’s what I did.

I didn’t ever really think about the difference between how male and female surfers were treated until after the 2010 season. I had just won my fourth world championship in only my fourth year as a professional — something I’m proud to say has never been done by any other surfer, male or female. I was in discussion with some of my potential sponsors — it was like they didn’t appreciate the fact that I had just won four straight world championships. My achievements were just as good, if not far better, than those of many of my male counterparts. But it was a struggle even to get companies that had shared in my successes to put up the same kind of cash they were giving to the men.

I just remember thinking, Why is my world title worth less than theirs?

I was fortunate that my sister, Whitney, was my manager. She really fought hard to make sure I got what we thought my accomplishments merited. And with a nod to Craig Stevenson and Pierre Agnes, eventually, we did. But it was real struggle to prove my worth, even though my achievements were there. The whole process was really eye-opening for me.

There were definitely moments when the difference between male and female surfers was noticeable. There was one year when the women only had five or six events, less than half of what the men had, and we were generally pushed aside. We didn’t have priority choice of good waves. The men got the best waves, and we would have to stay off to the side.

We were basically just a sideshow.

It’s been much different in recent years, especially since the Ziff family acquired the WSL in 2013. Their commitment to grow the sport has been incredible, and equal prize money for male and female surfers is a huge step. I don’t think the depth of talent is there for the same amount of women to be competing on the tour as men. I think a lot of that is because there hasn’t been enough movement to grow the sport among young girls like there has been among young boys. And that’s another part of the WSL’s plan for the future: In addition to providing financial support at the highest level, they’re trying to cultivate better youth programs for young girls to ensure that the next generations of female surfers are equipped to thrive.

And I think the increased financial support for women at the highest level of competition will be a great incentive for talented young girls to pursue professional surfing.

Like I said, today is a very proud day for me. I’m proud to be a surfer. Proud to be a female surfer. I feel like the momentum in our society to have this conversation is incredible — because it’s not just in surfing, or in sport, that women are fighting for equality in the workplace. It’s everywhere. And for this announcement to come now, and for it to happen during my career — and then to have the support of so many male surfers, including Kelly Slater — is unbelievable.

Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world.”

I truly believe that.

And I really hope this decision can be the start of a much bigger movement not only in sport, and eventually, in society.”

 

Kelly Slater

I would like to start by echoing everything Stephanie said. This is a proud day for sports in general.

It’s amazing to see how women’s surfing has grown. I mean, today it’s rare to paddle out and not see multiple women out there surfing. I definitely remember a time when you just didn’t see girls and women out in the surf.

I remember being in France back in the early ’90s, when there was a woman who decided to surf in a men’s expression session, which was unheard of at the time because they were usually when guys would go for big maneuvers — big aerials or something — and all the other guys would sit around and watch to see who could do what.

And this woman … she went out there and blew everybody away. The top surfing writer at the time — an ex-pro named Derek Hynd — was there, and he jumped out of his seat. He was like, “I can’t believe how good she is!”

That woman was Layne Beachley, one of the female surfing legends Stephanie grew up idolizing. Layne later went on to win seven world championships. Today, Stephanie is right behind her with six world championships of her own.

To watch what these women do … I mean, what they are able to do out there is every bit as difficult and as dangerous and as impressive as what any man on the tour does.

And starting now, they’re going to receive equal prize money for it.

This is an important moment for surfing, but it’s also deeply personal for me because I was raised by a single mom. My dad was out of the house by the time I was 10 or 11, and my mom basically raised three boys on a single paycheck. She was a firefighter — the only female firefighter in our county. This was in the late ’70s, early ’80s, so it was a different time. She faced a lot of equality issues at her job. And I still think about my mom and what it must have been like for her to work as hard as she did to do the exact same job as the men next to her, and then go home and raise three young men of her own — and to be underpaid and underappreciated for it.

My mom and women like her deserved better then, and our women — all women — deserve better. Now.

I’ve seen some of the things Stephanie is talking about when it comes to women in surfing not getting the same benefits or the same treatment as men. On our world tour there are more men than women, and the men do generally get first choice when it comes to conditions.

I’ve seen it backfire before, when the men pick what they think are the better conditions but then the women end up getting something better. Which is … karma. It’s pretty funny when that happens.

And I think equal prize money is the first step toward real equality in the water. I think that — between that and the WSL’s efforts to develop young male and female surfers — the future of our sport is bright.

And I also think that this decision by the WSL is a message to society — that equal prize money should be the standard. It should be the norm.

Today is a proud day, but I’m excited to see how proud we will be in five years, or 10 years, or 20 years. Because I think people will be able to point back to this moment — back to this announcement — as the point when things started to change. And then we’ll really be proud, knowing that we played our part and helped change not only our sport, but also our society, for the better.”