"What is infuriating is (men) operating under the assumption that because someone grew up biologically male they are automatically better than everyone in the women's division."
Surfing’s first competitive transsexual surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson has continued her seemingly unstoppable roll, taking victory at the 23rd Lavan Whalebone Longboard Classic.
Lowerson, 43, transitioned into womanhood a couple of years back, shortly after winning the men’s longboard div as Ryan Egan.
In Sunday’s final, she threw down the highest number, seven points for painting a graceful masterpiece on the little Perth metro waves.
It was a score that was too much even for former Dirty Water guest Lucy Small and longboard maestra who’d taken a much needed break from busting down the vile white male patriarchy to compete.
You may remember, following Lowerson’s win at the Western Australian longboard titles in May, Small dived into Facebook comments.
“I competed against Sasha a few months ago and we welcomed her to the womens division. Posting this is horrific and harmful …What is just as infuriating is that all the men commenting here and saying this type of thing are operating under the assumption that because someone grew up biologically male they are automatically better than everyone in the womens division. This says less about it being unfair and more about your sexist attitude toward women’s performance level in surfing.”
Lowerson has set up a GoFund page to raise cash so she can chase longboard events around Australia and through Europe.
So far, fans have pledged $490 of the 10k goal.
“To have the inclusion of Trans Athletes like myself at this level brings conversations and positive awareness to our community and sport in general,” she writes.