The Fight for EQUITY

Women professional athletes fighting for inclusion and equity in surf competitions


Women's March in San Jose

Jan 19, 2019

Sabrina Brennan gave a speech about winning the fight for Equal Pay in professional surfing at the 2019 Women’s March in San Jose, CA.


CEWS Press Release

Nov 25, 2018

The Pe'ahi Challenge competition will run on Monday, November 26, 2018 in Pe'ahi, Hawaii. This will be the first big wave professional surf competition with equal prize money for men and women and the third time women have been invited to compete at JAWS.


CEWS Press Release

Oct 12, 2018

On Oct 12, 2018, the California Coastal Commission will consider requiring: Inclusion, a Women’s Division, and Equal Pay!  


WSL Response to Incomplete CDP Filing Status

Sept 6, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the WSL announced equal prize money for every WSL controlled event, including the 2018/2019 Mavericks Challenge, in the 2019 season and beyond.

On Sept 6, 2018, the WSL submitted a response to Coastal Commission staff’s June letter regarding “incomplete” Coastal Development Permit (CDP) filing status.

June 28, 2018, Letter from the CCC to the WSL regarding “incomplete” CDP Application No. 18-0496.


CEWS Press Release

Sept 6, 2018

We Won the Fight for Inclusion, a Women’s Division, and Equal Pay!

The Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, stakeholders, and fans are pleased with the World Surf League’s evolution to more equitable and fair surf competitions.


Hope Solo Sues the US Soccer Federation

Aug 24, 2018

On Friday, Aug 24, 2018, Hope Solo, former goalkeeper for the US women's national soccer team, sued the US Soccer Federation in California federal court, accusing the organization of paying its female players a fraction of what it pays their male counterparts in violation of the Equal Pay Act.

The suit follows up on a March 2016 complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed by Solo and four of her teammates from the 2015 World Cup-winning roster.


CEWS Public Comment at SLC Meeting

Aug 23, 2018

CEWS thanks the State Lands Commission staff for giving consideration to concerns about gender-based discrimination.


CEWS Press Release

Aug 20, 2018

On Monday, Aug 20, 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown recognized the importance of coastal access when he signed a bill that makes surfing our official state sport.

In May, the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing sent letters to legislators in support of AB-1782. We are very please that the bill received broad support from recreational surfers, professional athletes, and the many businesses that benefit from this iconic California lifestyle. 


CEWS Letter to SMCHD

Aug 15, 2018

On August 14, 2018, counsel representing the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing sent a letter to the San Mateo County Harbor District requesting anti-discrimination amendments to the Permit for the Mavericks surf competition.


CEWS Letter to SLC

Aug 9, 2018

On August 9, 2018, the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing sent a letter to the California State Lands Commission requesting anti-discrimination Lease terms for the Mavericks surf competition.


CEWS MAVS Proposal

July 23, 2018

On July 23, 2018, the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing met with the World Surf League in Redwood City, CA and presented a proposal for equal prize money and requested a multi-heat women’s division in the 2018/2019 Mavericks Challenge. 

All documents provided to WSL at July 23, 2018 meeting


CEWS Letter to CCC

July 9, 2018

The Mavericks Challenge: Stop Discriminating Against Women Athletes, It’s Against the Law

Letter from Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, and Bianca Valenti to the California Coastal Commission.

Unfair business practices prevent women professional surfers from utilizing public resources and coastal access. The World Surf League has a history of gender-based discrimination.


CCC Letter to WSL

June 28, 2018

Letter from the CCC to the WSL regarding “incomplete” Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application No. 18-0496.


CEWS Press Release 

June 25, 2018

Puerto Escondido Cup: Heaviest Competition In The History Of Women’s Professional Surfing

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Puerto Escondido Cup included the first ever women’s big-wave heat held in Latin America. Six women surfed one of the heaviest beach breaks in the world with confidence and skill.


WSL CDP Application 

May 29, 2018

The World Surf League submitted a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application to the California Coastal Commission on May 29, 2018. The three part CDP is linked below.

  • WSL management was slow to respond to requests from CEWS for the application.

  • CCC staff provided the application within three hours.

    • Thank you CCC staff for your prompt reply.

  • The WSL CDP application lacks detailed plans supporting gender equity and prize equity.

  1. CDP Application

  2. CDP Application

  3. CDP Application


CEWS Letters

May 28, 2018

The Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing is proud to endorse AB 1782 designating surfing as California’s official sport.

  • Letter in support of AB-1782 from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon

  • Letter in support of AB-1782 from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi


Karen Tynan

March 15, 2018

Karen Tynan, Attorney for the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing


CCC Hearing

Dec. 13, 2017

Meeting Agenda (Item 17.5.a) and Meeting Video


Sabrina Brennan

Dec. 12, 2017

Sabrina Brennan is an elected San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner, an elected member of the SMC Democratic Central Committee, and President of Digital Fusion Media Inc.

  • Letter from Sabrina Brennan to California Coastal Commission Chair Dayna Bochco and all Commissioners.


BROWN GIRL SURF

Submitted on Nov. 16, 2017

 Mira Manickam-Shirley, Executive Director of Brown Girl Surf

  • Letter from Brown Girl Surf to Renee Ananda, Coastal Program Analyst - North Central, Coastal Commission.


CEWS

Submitted on Nov. 7, 2017

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Letter from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Renee Ananda, Coastal Program Analyst - North Central, Coastal Commission.


CEWS Press Release

Feb. 1, 2017

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Press Release: Disappointment for surfers regarding The Cartel and Titans of Mavericks double bankruptcy.


CEWS

Nov. 2, 2016 Presentation

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Presentation from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


CEWS

Submitted on Oct. 28, 2016

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Letter from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


SURFRIDER FOUNDATION National

Oct. 28, 2016

Jennifer Savage is the California Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation

  • Letter from Jennifer Savage, Surfrider Foundation to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


BROWN GIRL SURF

Oct. 28, 2016

Mira Manickam, Executive Director of Brown Girl Surf

Melissa Morazan, Director of Operations of Brown Girl Surf

  • Letter from Brown Girl Surf executive team to Renee Ananda, Coastal Program Analyst, California Coastal Commission – North Central Coast District.


SURFRIDER FOUNDATION SMC

Oct. 27, 2016

Edmundo Larenas is the Chair of the San Mateo Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and a Director on the board of the Committee for Green Foothills.

  • Letter from Edmundo Larenas, Chair of the San Mateo Chapter of Surfrider to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Dayla Soul

Oct. 27, 2016

Dayla Soul is the Director of It Ain't Pretty, a documentary film about women who surf big waves and CEO of Elemental Tile Design.

  • Letter from Dayla Soul, documentary filmmaker to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Delia Bense-Kang

Oct. 25, 2016

Delia Bense-Kang is Outreach Coordinator for the Marine Protected Area on the Northcoast Environmental Center and Chair of the Humboldt Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.

  • Letter from Delia Bense-Kang to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Amanda Levett

Oct. 23, 2016

Amanda Levett owns The Vagabond’s House, Boutique Inn & Spa in Carmel-by-the-Sea and is the founder of Seeking Peaks, a water woman’s global network. She is a coach for Surf Las Olas, Surf Safaris for Women, and head coach and developer of their newest intermediate camp, Surf Mas Olas.

  • Letter from Amanda Levett, Seeking Peaks and The Vagabond’s House, Boutique Inn & Spa to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


CA Coastal Commission

Oct. 21, 2016

The Coastal Commission released their Staff Report on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Read Cartel's second Amendment included in the staff report, see Exhibit 9 (last five pages of the report.)


Beth O'Rourke

Oct. 21, 2016

Beth O’Rourke is a team captain and appointed board member of the Malibu Surfing Association. She's also a competitor, event organizer,  judge, and coach. Prior to surfing she competed as a distance runner, bike racer, and skier. 

  • Letter from Beth O’Rourke, Documentary Filmmaker and Writer SeaLevelTV, Team Captain and Board Member, Malibu Surfing Association to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Cori Schumacher

Oct. 19, 2016

Cori Schumacher, Executive Director, The Inspire Initiative

Three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010), Women’s Longboard Pipeline Pro Champion (2009), and two-time ASP North American Champion (2008, 2009). From late 2001 to 2005, Schumacher went on sabbatical from competition, surfing in only two events from 2005 to 2007. She returned officially to longboard competition in 2008 to win the Linda Benson Roxy Jam at Cardiff, California. She ceased competing altogether after boycotting the ASP World Tour in 2011.

  • Letter from Cori Schumacher, Executive Director, The Inspire Initiative to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Brown Girl Surf

Oct. 19, 2016

Mira Manickam, Executive Director of Brown Girl Surf

Melissa Morazan, Director of Operations of Brown Girl Surf

  • Letter from Brown Girl Surf executive team to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Krista Comer

Oct. 16, 2016

Professor Comer, Ph.D., Brown University, American Studies
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
College Master, Brown College

  • Letter from Professor Comer's to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


CARTEL

Oct. 14, 2016

Cartel/Titians of Mavericks—Griffin Guess & Brian Waters

  • Amendment application from Cartel to the Coastal Commission staff. The amendment requests a multiyear permit and includes Cartel's “plan” for including a women's heat in a 2017-18 event.


CEWS

Oct. 14, 2016

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Letter from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


Surfrider Foundation Humboldt

Oct. 6, 2016

Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter—Delia Bense-Kang, Chair

  • Letter from Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter to Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair and all Commissioners.


CARTEL

Sept. 28, 2016

Cartel/Titians of Mavericks—Brian Waters & Zoe Lee

  • Incomplete 2016-17 Coastal Development Application from Cartel to the Coastal Commission staff.


CEWS

Sept. 5, 2016

CEWS—Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, & Bianca Valenti

  • Proposal from the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing to Renee Ananda, Coastal Program Analyst, California Coastal Commission – North Central Coast District.


Sabrina Brennan

Feb. 3, 2016

Sabrina Brennan is an elected San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner, an elected member of the SMC Democratic Central Committee, and President of Digital Fusion Media Inc.

  • Editorial by Sabrina Brennan first published on Feb. 3, 2016 and provided to Renee Ananda, Coastal Program Analyst, California Coastal Commission – North Central Coast District. on Oct. 26, 2016.