Over the weekend 21 year Stephanie Gilmore from Australia was crowned the 2009 Women's World Champ after making the finals of the Gidget Pro held at perfect 6-10 ft Sunset Beach, one of the premier surf spots on the legendary North Shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
The Gidget Pro was one of 6 contest held at Sunset this year.
Watch the video of the final,
For contrast here is the video from the 2008 Women's Longboard Championship, the event we are "stealing" from France.
And, the 2009 highlights,
I bring all of this up because of the proposed Women's World Longboard Championships (WWLC) at Swami's, to be held October 2010 (called "the biggest thing to ever happen to Encinitas" by the new CEO of the old Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Marshall Weinrab).
Women's longboarding has a problem and it's called women's shortboarding.
This new generation of women shortboarders are surfing at an incredibly high level right now. They are charging waves of consequence on the world stage. Women's shortboarding is leaving women's longboarding in the dust. I already asked if it is wise to have a world champ event at a soft wave like Swamis. Previous post: Leucadia Blog: An alternative venue for the proposed Swamis surf contest: Tavarua Fiji
Of course, the reality is that women's shortboarding, women's longboarding, men's shortboarding, and men's longboarding is all bullshit invented by the Costa Mesa based surf industry for marketing purposes. In real life surfing is not segregated by gender or board length. All surfers love to ride waves with their friends. That is what it is all about when you peel away all the hype. I've believe that one of the coolest things about surf culture is the wide variety of people out surfing at the same surf spot.
It is my opinion that surf contest should not be segregated by gender. To me this is backwards and sexist. The Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal is unconstitutional. Jackie Robinson broke racial barriers in professional baseball and I'm shocked we still don't have women playing in the big leagues. I'm unclear why sports gets away with segregation, especially in surfing.