The cash purse in today’s competition scene is drastically different between men and women.
Though women are performing the same job as their male counterparts, hitting the water in the same conditions, they are only rewarded half as much for their efforts.
The famous Spanish windsurfer and now SUPer Iballa Moreno gives her arguments for equality in this interview.
On the other hand, Dave Kalama gives us a different point of view where it is not a matter of gender but rather the level of competition.
Men’s podium at the SUP World Tour event in La Torche in 2012
Women’s podium at the SUP World Tour event in La Torche in 2012
After studying computer science and applied mathematics for 5 years, I couldn’t resist to the call of my passion for water sports (windsurfing and SUP). I have worked for 3 months, made a little money, quit my job, found sponsors and started a pro athlete life.
On my first year, I sailed Peahi (Jaws), I won the US national of slalom windsurfing, finished 3rd at the France national championship in SUP race, and did many other good results in wavesailing on the American Windsurfing Tour.
Now I cannot make a living just with my sponsors, and even if I was finishing first at every competition, the prize money couldn’t cover all my expenses.
So I will have to work part time to be able to pay my bills, I won’t train as much as I want, and yes, my level in competition won’t be as good as it could be.
What if the sport would be rewarding women so they could have a career and make a living. Maybe there would be more women registering to events and a better level of competition?