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Rising Tides: A WSL Girls Program

Duranbah, one of the most competitive lineups in the world, was completely cleared out last week, ahead of the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast.

And a huge cross section of women filled the beach for the first Rising Tides - WSL Girls Program. In an effort to inspire the next generation of female athletes, clinics will be held at every Championship Tour stop this season.

Rising Tides on the Gold Coast
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The grassroots movement, aimed at inspiring young competitors, kicks off ahead of the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast.

"This is a big deal for women's surfing and for the community," said Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. "Because we've never had things like this for us. We want to be able to break down the barriers that women and young girls have in the lineup."

It's no secret that surfing can be an intimidating sport -- especially in popular lineups such as Snapper and Dbah. The Rising Tides initiative will clear out some of the most popular surf spots around the world and connect young athletes with current CT competitors. Female surfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.

The goal is to push for more balanced lineups and connect everyone to the inspirational power of surfing.

Rising Tides - Gold Coast 2019 Bronte Macaulay WSL / Cait Miers

"Growing up in my hometown, I was the only girl in the water" said 2018 World No.13 Paige Hareb. "There's been a big change the last few years. Things are only going to get bigger and better for women's surfing."

The Gold Coast kick off included Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa More, Lakey Peterson, Bronte Macaulay and other current CT athletes. Along with the 2005 World Champion Chelsea Hedges.

"I can't believe it. There are so many girls in the water," Courtney Conlogue said during the event. "And it's funny because all the kids want to drop in on Steph."

Rising Tides - Gold Coast 2019 Rising Tides WSL / Cait Miers

In addition, the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast will be the first CT event to award equal prize money.

The next Rising Tides event will take place ahead of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach April 17-27. For more information visit: www.worldsurfleague.com/risingtides

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