'The future is bright for us' – Kiwi surfer Paige Hareb delighted by World Surf League’s pay parity move

Kiwi surfer Paige Hareb is just one of many professional females celebrating the latest announcement by the World Surf League but she thinks the sport is just getting started.

The World Surf League announced today from next year onwards men and women will get equal prize money across all elite tour events, becoming the first American-based global sports league to achieve pay parity.

Hareb was delighted by the news.

"I thought it was going to take a little longer for it to happen," she said.

"It's amazing that's surfing is one of the first sports to do it, it should be like that so the future's looking bright for us."

And with surfing included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme, it's just more good news for world surfing.

But the future of the sport isn’t just bright on a global scale, with Surfing NZ general manager Nick Cowan saying they’ve already been making movements in the same area.

"12 months ago, Gisborne Board Riders Club with Surfing NZ developed thinking and initiatives on pay equality.

"They had their first event last week where there was equal pay across girls and boys in their event."

The next step for the sport is to try and grow female participation.

Although pay equality is improving, the number of female athletes on the world circuit compared to men is still significantly lower.

But three-time world champion Carissa Moore says the lifestyle female surfers will have from today’s announcement can only help the cause.

"It makes this type of lifestyle, we can make a living out of it and do something you love and provide for yourself. care for your family and really create a lifestyle that you dream of so I think that's really awesome."

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