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According to Warshaw, sexism was not always a part of surfing. It was just something everyone did. In the early 20th century, wooden surfboards were long and heavy—measuring 15 feet long and weighing nearly pounds—which prevented many women from taking up the sport. Those girl boards became the basis for the first modern surfboards that we have now. Despite their role in shaping the sport, professional surfing, which came on the scene in the s, routinely pushed women to the margins. Even as recently as , women only had about half the prize money as men. Much of this stems from limited resources, since unlike other sports, surfers have to compete for waves. The big brands—Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy—played a huge part in catering to women and putting women on the scene because they funded contests.
Young Caucasian nude woman wearing lei lying in the surf on a beach.
A year-old girl has hit out at a popular Australian surfing magazine for the sexist way it portrays women. Keen surfer Olive Bowers was shocked at the lack of female athletes in a recent edition of 'Tracks' magazine - which pictured just one woman who "wasn't even surfing, or even remotely near a beach" - and decided to write a strongly-worded letter to the editor. According to news. The editor has not yet responded to the letter, but Olive hopes that continued coverage will draw attention to the issue.
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