Email ABC Gold Coast By Dominic Cansdale Posted November 20, 2019 07:31:12 Photo: Formed in March 2019, Surf Witches brings women of varying experience together at Gold Coast surfing spots. (Supplied: Hannah Jessup) Related Story: Byron Bay snubs surf champion Pauline Menczer Related Story: Australia's top female surfers reunite on Sunshine Coast Related Story: Female pro surfers pushing for end to 'sexualised' culture Map: Currumbin 4223 Congestion on the Gold Coast is not limited to roads and railway lines. A backlog of surfers waiting for the perfect wave can create tension along the city's iconic beaches, especially for the less experienced. Key points:Surf Witches aims to create a friendly, supportive network for female amateur surfersThe group says some Gold Coast beaches, including Snapper and Duranbah, are male-dominated and overly competitiveSurf Witches is growing on social media with hundreds of followers and dozens of participants This "undercurrent … [Read more...] about Surf Witches find their place on ‘male-dominated’ waves at Gold Coast beaches
Email ABC Sunshine Coast By Kylie Bartholomew and Annie Gaffney Posted June 02, 2016 08:19:31 Photo: A momentous occasion paving the way for women in surfing. (Supplied) Map: Coolum Beach 4573 Women in the male-dominated sport of surfing may not have had the opportunities they do today if it was not for the formation of the Australian Women's Surfing Association in the 1970s.The group will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, with international, Australian and state champions from the 1970s and 80s.Australian surfing legend Pam Burridge will be there and said the group had been revolutionary in its day. Seeing the really young kids take off on their first wave, thinking they can't do it and then all of a sudden they can — that transformation is just incredible. Pam Burridge "There were quite a few girls surfing then; nothing like today, but there were quite a few that were really dedicated," she said."Unfortunately, you … [Read more...] about Female surfing greats gather for 40-year reunion on Sunshine Coast
Story highlights At 23 years old, Lakey Peterson is the World No. 1 female surfer She says now that surfing will be an Olympic sport, surfers "will finally be recognized as athletes" (CNN)Surfer Lakey Peterson has a natural instinct for competitiveness -- something which she is hoping to display at the Olympics in 2020. Now that surfing is an Olympic sport, the No. 1 female surfer's goals are even bigger this year and she says the announcement fired her up with new-found motivation. Follow @cnnsport "I want to go to the Olympics so bad. I think it's game changing for surfing," she says. "It definitely did light a little bit of a fire in me when I heard it was game on." The 23-year-old remembers vividly the moment she found out surfing would be included at Tokyo 2020. A post shared by Lakey Peterson (@lakeypeterson) on Feb 26, 2018 at 9:49pm PST READ: Best surfing spots in Sydney Read More "I was sitting on the couch and I got an email through on my phone saying … [Read more...] about Olympic debut will make surfing ‘legit,’ says US surfer Lakey Peterson
Email 7.30 By Michael Atkin and Andy Burns Updated April 16, 2016 11:03:12 Photo: A red-hot Stephanie Gilmore cruised to the title at Bells Beach. (Getty Images) Map: Australia Australia's leading female surfers are calling for pay equality and for the industry to fix up its culture of sexism. Key points:Layne Beachley says surfing "one of the last bastions of the world of sport"Female competitors want equal prize money, but World Surf League says splitting funds "not that simple"Concerns raised over female surfers having to be sexy, wear bikinis for sponsorship Seven-time world champion Layne Beachley and chair of Surfing Australia told 7.30 women's surfing was one of the last strongholds for retrograde attitudes towards female athletes."The industry is probably one of the last bastions of the world of sport, the surfing world, and it needs to change, it has to change," she said. Photo: Seven time world champion, Layne Beachley would love to see female surfers paid … [Read more...] about Female pro surfers want industry to get on board regarding sexism concerns
Email ABC North Coast By Joanne Shoebridge Posted September 15, 2017 15:50:13 Photo: Pauline Menczer, who became the women's world surfing champion in 1993. (Supplied: Pauline Menczer) Map: Byron Bay 2481 If you are a world beater in your chosen sport, you might be forgiven for thinking the folks back home would be falling over themselves to celebrate your achievements.Surfer Pauline Menczer not only won a world championship, she was suffering from arthritis so crippling at the time, that friends would often push her around in a shopping trolley to save her the agony of trying to walk.So why is her name missing from Byron Bay's Surfer's Lane roll of honour?The lane's mural features some of the town's surfing heroes — members of the Byron Malibu Club and Byron Bay Boardriders Club.But Menczer's name is missing, despite her living in the Byron Shire at the time of her world crown.In fact, there are no women on the mural at all."I do care about the younger … [Read more...] about Surfer Pauline Menczer is a world champion so why isn’t her name on Byron Bay’s honour roll?