For the first time in history, the ladies will be earning the same as the gents…
In an interview with National Public Radio this past Wednesday, Courtney Conlogue dropped a bomb that I really want to believe.
The WSL has doubled the prize money for the women’s WSL, effective immediately. For the first time in history the ladies will be earning on an equal level with the men, with both genders competing for a respective $525,000 prize purse.
Which is just great. But is it true?
Not a word from the WSL, not a single “legitimate” surf publication covering it, nothing beyond a short radio interview from a source which I love, and which is typically factual, but isn’t exactly keyed in to the surf world.
I don’t know what’s going on. I know that my google-fu only turned up evidence, somewhat dated, that the prize money remains the same.
I know that, if I were involved with WSL promotion, I’d be shouting the news from the roof tops. I know that the WSL’s struggle to attract sponsorship dollars makes the notion of increasing expenses on the least popular half of the tour seem unrealistic.
I also know the ladies have been fucking killing it this event and that more revenue can only be a good thing for athletes who, even if they lack the killer instinct of Adam, can put on a damn good show when they aren’t relegated to onshore garbage.
(Watch this lil fin ditch…)