The idea for equal prize money come from us, we proposed it to the sponsors and they totally supported it. We were working on this for a while and it’s what we think is the right thing to do always in any sport. Women deserve to get equal prize money. It’s just a little incentive that will encourage more women into the sport and get bigger and better in the future. We probably won’t see the changes soon, but I could see by the end of the contest how motivated all the girls (juniors) and pro women were to train harder for the next event.
Women deserve to get equal prize money.
RICH PAGE, PWA TOUR MANAGER
The PWA are very happy to see this development with the women’s prize money at Gran Canaria. This is the culmination of many years of hard work by Daida and Iballa in pushing the women’s side of the sport and developing the Gran Canaria World Cup, and the credit is all theirs. 2018 has been a stronger year for women’s windsurfing, with the wave event in Morocco and the freestyle in Portugal, and we hope that these events, combined with the success in Gran Canaria, will help to raise awareness of the untapped value of the women’s fleet and be an inspiration to other event organisers and sponsors. With the right approach, we believe that it should be possible to fully activate the potential in the women’s division, helping us to create a stronger, better supported tour for female athletes, and we look forward to continued growth in that aspect of the sport.
The success in Gran Canaria will help to raise awareness of the untapped value of the women’s fleet.