“If you want to promote pro surfing, you have to support the surfers. We train hard to push the limits of performance. Every good line has taken years of practice.” —Bianca Valenti
Nov 2, 2017
Great Big Story
Titans of Mavericks Female Blunder
To learn why Cartel blocked Bianca from competeing read the Beach Grit story.
While the Coastal Commission was still in session it was announced, via Facebook, that Bianca Valenti, who had served as the face of the drive for female inclusion, would not be invited.
Since the late 1990s, the famous big-wave contest at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay invited only men to compete in the treacherous surf off rugged Pillar Point.
This week, the California Coastal Commission shattered the glass ceiling in that part of the surfing world when it required the Titans of Mavericks to have a heat for women if it wanted a permit for its 2016-17 contest.
The unanimous decision advanced the inroads women are starting to make in professional big wave surfing, which now includes national and international events organized by the World Surf League.
“This is a great step forward for our sport, women’s athletics and women. You know, it’s about human rights,” said Bianca Valenti, a top female big-wave rider and co-founder of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing.
Supporters who lobbied the commission to add women included representatives from the Surfrider Foundation, the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, the Coastal Protection Network, the Brown Girl Surf organization and San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan.
—Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 5, 2016
Sep 21, 2015
Outside Telivsion - Jennifer Winter
Bianca Valenti is a pioneer in surfing. She's doing whatever it takes to level the playing field for women in the sport of big wave surfing.
DEC 16, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle - Video by Sachi Cunningham
Bianca Valenti talks about big wave surfing as she heads from her home in San Francisco to surf Mavericks in Half Moon Bay on the eve of the Wickr women's big wave multimedia event.