Surfing SA: gender gap in competition prize money 'an embarrassment to surfing'
The organisers of a surfing tournament that took place near Durban are facing backlash over a major discrepancy in the prize money for two junior surfing champs.
Rio Waida from Indonesia and Zoe Steyn from South Africa each scooped the first prize in the junior male and female surfing categories.
But Styen, the female the winner, only received half the prize money of her male counterpart.
A photo has been circulating on social media showing what has been called "blatant sexism".
Billabong, sponsors of the Ballito Pro surfing event, have passed the buck to The World Surf League (WSL) who govern the event and determine prize money and rankings.
The WSL, in a statement, says it has made strides in support of women's surfing. The league says it "appreciates the feedback and dialogue on this front".
Surfing South Africa, the official governing body of surfing in the country, says it will fight to rectify such unjust practices at international surfing events.
Surfing SA's general manager, Robin De Kock, says that young men and women earn the same prize money at their amateur competitions.
We are not going to let this rest, it's an embarrassment to surfing.Robin De Kock, General Manager at Surfing South Africa
The women and men pay the same entry fee, so they should get the same prize money.Robin De Kock, General Manager at Surfing South Africa
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