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Surfing Org Flips on Decision To Keep Women’s Competition All-Female

Bethany Hamilton of Hawaii surfs in the Billabong Pro Pipeline on Feb. 2, 2022 in Haleiwa, Hawaii. | Image by Brent Bielmann/World Surf League via Getty Images
Bethany Hamilton of Hawaii surfs in the Billabong Pro Pipeline on Feb. 2, 2022 in Haleiwa, Hawaii. | Image by Brent Bielmann/World Surf League via Getty Images

Fox News is reporting that “[a]fter initially ruling that transgender females would not be allowed to participate in the women’s division of a surfing competition in California, the American Longboard Association reversed its decision. Facing backlash, Todd Messick, the association’s founder, decided that trans surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson is now eligible to compete in the Huntington Beach Longboard Pro against women.”

“According to the BBC, the California Coastal Commission said surf competitions could ‘not discriminate based on gender.’ Messick said that he was ‘surprised by the amount of anger’ from his original decision,” Fox reported.

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