Yesterday, the World Surf League announced that male and female surfers will receive equal prize money. It’s a landmark announcement, setting the bar high for other U.S.-based global sports leagues since it’s now the first league to close the gendered pay gap at its events. The decision comes following a period of turmoil and criticism towards the WSL, after Zoe Steyn, the winner of the Ballito Pro under-18 women's surf competition pocketed only half of what her male counterpart won. A photo shared of the two winners standing side by side with unequal novelty checks was jarring to the WSL’s followers and sparked outrage, prompting the WSL to meet with stakeholders and discuss equal pay. "This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women's surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule," WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said. We can only hope that more leagues will follow in their footsteps.