English Surfing Federation equals pay for men's and women's events
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 December, 2015 - The English Surfing Federation has made the move to ensure both men’s and women’s division competitors receive equal prize winnings.
In a meeting Saturday the ESF Committee met and agreed on the gender-equal prize purse plan for the 2016 English National Surfing Champs. Last year the men earned £1,000, while women took in £500 for a win. Next year’s total will be equal.
The English National Surfing Championships will be held in Cornwall, in April and May of next year.
Typically women surfers on the UK circuit earn half of what their male counterparts earn. On the WSL CT schedule last year showed men’s events awarding $525,000 in prize money while the women’s events earned $265,500 in prize money.
Globally, male and female surfers struggle on the domestic tours (World Qualifying Series). Sponsorships pay for only the top-tier of struggling-to-make-the-world-tour pros (both male and female). Many have to work seasonal jobs to pursue their dream, especially in markets outside of the surf industry hubs of Australia’s Gold Coast and Southern California.
According to the Western Morning News, the UK's number one pro surfer Lucy Campbell, 20, has to work at a local bar to supplement her income.