By Kristen Johnson
It’s a great day for female surfers! Titans of Mavericks competition organizers have announced that women will be included in the competition for the first time ever this year. In the 17 years that the competition has taken place, women have been named as alternates, but this is the first time that women have been invited to compete as regular competitors and 6 women are signed on to do so. (NBC Bay Area).
For those not in the know, the Titans of Mavericks contest is located in Half Moon Bay, California and is considered one of the most hazardous events in the world in which to compete. Waves can reach up to 60 feet. (Titansofmavericks.com).
The gender pay gap is appalling in every industry, but it’s really apparent in sports. Tennis is the most lucrative for women, though a gap still exists. The pay disparity in professional golf and basketball is almost laughable (if it was, indeed, something to laugh about.) Last year, the PGA awarded 5 times as much money as the LPGA and the highest-paid WNBA player earned one fifth that of the lowest-paid player in the NBA. (Newsweek).
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done on behalf of female athletes in surfing, along with all the other professional sports. Women have reported that they are unable to get sponsors due to their looks, regardless of their ability to surf. (Huffington Post). Shouldn’t we value athletes for their athletic ability, and not their sex appeal?
So, kudos to the women of Mavericks. Keep breaking down barriers for the rest of us!
Romans 2:11 (NRSV): 11 For God shows no partiality.
Serve all with love.
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