We have women we are starting to see now, and I can’t wait to see them surf at that level,” Cassandra Clark said.
Is that true? Maybe Cassandra should open her eyes. There are a lot of women charging these days and if the women want to compete, I say let them. What do you think?
Listen to radio segment with Bianca Valenti talk about including the women.
AN FRANCISCO (AP) — It was the first set of the day at Mavericks, a rock-studded, once-secret surf spot 20 miles south of San Francisco, and Andrea Möller was out charging big waves with a dozen other women when her surfboard hit her in the cheek under her left eye.
It was a shock. It hurt. And she wasn’t happy she had to interrupt her session. But the Brazilian-turned-Maui-local had flown to California to ride the legendary Mavericks break and that was what she intended to do.
“I didn’t want to get out of the water,” she said of the last winter incident.
She hopped a jet ski for a ride to the marina for Super Glue and duct tape. Using her skills as a paramedic, she patched her cheek so she could keep surfing but get stitches later.
Some say women aren’t quite ready to compete in the invitation-only Titans of Mavericks. But the California Coastal Commission recently gave a boost to their campaign, telling organizers that they better have a plan for including women if they want a permit to hold the event next year.
The competition is held when the surf is just right, between Nov. 1 and March 31. Waves can rise to 60 feet.
“Women have been progressing at big wave surfing for many years, but they always lacked the recognition and trust from the man-dominated sport,” Möller, 36, said. “Times have changed. There are no more reasons to exclude them from any event.”
Organizers have not yet ironed out plans for how to recruit women, how to handle them in the heats or whether to make a separate women’s heat.
Commissioner Mark Vargas of Southern California made the motion to require the contest to craft a plan for women.
“They are utilizing a public resource and we are giving them permission,” he said. “If they are going to use that public resource, then there ought to be some sort of consideration for equal opportunity or at least transparency for their selection process to ensure there is no discrimination.”
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