Phillip Island Pro Provides Equal Prize Money For Men & Women This Weekend
Prize Money Equality Finally Arrives In Surfing
In a move that has automatically made Surfing Victoria our new favourite sporting body in the world, the Phillip Island Pro will award the female winners of this weekend’s event equal prize money.
A statement released today by the Bass Coast Shire Council and Surfing Victoria says they have committed to promoting gender equality with an increase in prize money at the Phillip Island Pro. The event is in its first year as a WSL (World Surf League) Qualifying Series 1000 event will allow surfers to gain points and experience on their way to making the Championship Tour.
Total prize money will now total $20,000 across the 100+ field with $10,000 allocated to both the Mens and Womens events.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that Council is committed to providing equal opportunities. “We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this event and increase the prize money to ensure Men and Women receive equal prize money.”
“It is true that, as in many sports, there are fewer female competitors in this surfing event. However, this is a case of the chicken or the egg: Having fewer opportunities to develop and less prizemoney available contributes to fewer females compelled and encouraged to pursue surfing. Creating equal prize money is a small step towards a big change.
“Bass Coast is proud to have many young, up and coming surfers. I truly hope that their future sees many events with equal prize money.”
Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson, is excited to be one of the few surfing events in the world with equal prize money. “Surfing Victoria is committed to seeing gender equality across all aspects of the sport. We have been running Surfing female programs for over 20 years to ensure that both men and women get the same opportunities in and out of the water. It is fantastic that the Bass Coast Shire share this commitment and have increased the prize money on offer.”
Local Phillip Island surfer Sage Goldsbury is thrilled with the news of equal prize money. “It’s really good to see equal prize money for both men and women. Ever since I learnt that there is a difference in prize money, I have hoped to see more money for the women. I’m stoked the local council have put in extra money because it shows that they care about female surfers in the area. There are some great female surfers from Phillip Island and the more support we get the better.”
Other local female surfers to benefit from the increased prize money include Sophie Fletcher, Daisy Corbett and Poppy Corbett. Entries for the event have now exceeded 100 competitors with countries represented including Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England.
Updated by Ben Macartney
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER: Background WSW swell. Slow 1 – 2ft along the exposed beaches early, reinforced by a minor rise in WSW swell during the afternoon. Around 1ft along the Surf Coast. WIND: W to WSW 10 to 15 knots tending light SW to S during the morning and SE to ESE into the afternoon.
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER: Rising WSW swell. Sets around 4 – 5ft+ along the exposed beaches early, rising to 5 – 6ft+ during the afternoon, possibly bigger later. Sets to 2 – 3ft+ along the Surf Coast, rising to 3 – 4ft+ later WIND: Early N to NNW 15 to 20 knots tending NW ahead of a SW change during the afternoon.