Well-known female Christian surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a tragic shark attack as a teenager, waded into the transgender sports controversy this weekend when she rebuked the World Surf League (WSL)’s recent decision to let gender-confused men compete in women’s surfing events.
The WSL announced Friday that it would immediately adopt the International Surfing Association’s October 2022 policy allowing men to compete against women as long as they fall below a specific testosterone threshold for at least 12 months and abide by any other requirements imposed by the ISA.
On Sunday, Hamilton said she won’t compete in or support any WSL events if the rule remains in place.
“I think many of the girls currently on tour are not in support [of] this new rule, and they fear being ostracized if they speak up,” the surfer said in a Sunday Instagram video reacting to the league’s February 3 announcement. “So, here I go….”
“How is this rule playing out in other sports like swimming, running, MMA [Mixed Martial Arts]?”
“Have any of the current surfers in the World Surf League been asked what their thoughts and opinions are on this new rule before it was passed or announced?” she continued. “Should there be a conversation with the 17 women and all of the men on tour prior to a rule change such as this?”
“Who is pushing for this huge change?” she asked. “Does this better the sport of surfing? Is this better for the women in surfing? If so, how?”
“My hope is that if I ever have a daughter who is competing in surfing or any sport, and also for all the aspiring young generation of women, to have a bright and promising opportunity in her ambition to be the best of the best women in her sport,” Hamilton said.
Concluding, the surfer vowed not to compete in or support WSL events “if this rule remains….”
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