Billabong Surf Comp Called Out For Awarding Women’s Winner Half Of Men’s Prize

Twitter calls out Billabong Junior Series for Apparent Difference In Prize Money

Social media is reacting to a photo of the winners of Billabong Junior Series in Ballito over the weekend. Boys champion Rio Waida and girls champ Zoë Steyn pose side by side with their ceremonial cheques and it’s all smiles…except that Steyn seems to have received exactly half the prize money of her male counterpart and Twitter is not happy about it.

Luke Hilakari posted the image, pointing out the huge difference on the cheques:

Plenty of Twitter users agree, calling out Billabong for such a big discrepancy:

It comes amidst a continued controversy across all sports, with female athletes calling for equal prize money. In the 2016 Drug Aware Pro, the men’s event winner took home $100,000, while the women’s event winner took home $60,000.

Speaking to Tracks earlier this year, surfer Mikaela Greene addressed the issue after she received $6,000 for winning the women’s event at the Las Americas Pro Tenerif, opposed to the $10,000 cheque of men’s winner Ruben Vittoria.

It costs the same amount of money to travel here for the women’s and the men’s and it’s hard to fund. So I think it would be nice to be rewarded the same as the guys.

Women’s World Surfing champ Stephanie Gilmore made a similar comment to the ABC’s 7.30, according to The Courier Mail.

At the end of the day, we’re travelling to the same places, we’re putting in as much effort and passion and time, and we train as much and we kind of have to look at it as equals.

PEDESTRIAN.TV has reached out to Billabong for comment.