The 2019 World Surf League calendar

The World Surf League (WSL) released the full schedule for the 2019 Championship Tour (CT).

The pro surfing circuit will feature 11 stops for the men and 10 for the women. And, for the first time in the history of surfing, the CT will award equal prize money for both genders.

There are a few surprises in the calendar. The Margaret River Pro continues on tour after being canceled in 2018 due to shark and safety concerns. But it will run later, in May.

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World Surf League adopts equal prize money for men and women

In a historic and unprecedented decision, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that it will implement an equal prize money deal for men and women in the 2019 pro surfing season.

The organization led by Sophie Goldschmidt becomes the first and only US-based global sports league to adopt a gender equality protocol when it comes to prize money.

"We are thrilled with this huge step forward. We have a long-planned strategy to elevate women's surfing that also includes getting female athletes on the same quality waves as the men, as well as increased investment and support," explains Goldschmidt, CEO of WSL.

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ISA wants surfing in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is working to make sure surfing will remain an Olympic sport for years to come.

Surfing will make its formal debut in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020. But ISA wants to build a solid foundation that will keep surfing in the biggest sporting event in the world.

The organization led by Fernando Aguerre believes that the recent announcement of surfing as the official sport of California will help keep it in the Olympic movement.

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Anthony Vandenberg has once again participated in the Shackleford Challenge 2018 in Cedar Island, North Carolina. This time, he had a close encounter with a shark.

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