Today, the World Surfing League announced that male and female surfers will receive equal prize money.

The official statement by the World Surfing League (WSL) comes on the tail of an embarrassing debacle earlier this year. It got surf fans and members of the media talking about the absurdity of gender-based unequal payouts.

Stephanie Gilmore competes in the Roxy Pro in 2010; Flickr photo by surfglassy Above: Gilmore with her sixth world title; photo by Kirstin Scholtz – ASP

A viral photo showed the male and female winners of the 2018 Ballito Pro Junior Series holding oversized checks. The female winner’s amount was half that of the male winner’s. He got $8,000; she got $4,000.