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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There was a time when an accomplished young woman’s voice would carry a lot of weight, for better or worse, given the advances of feminism in the last 50 years. But what has been proven to be true and continues is that the progressive campaigns that use women’s lives as metrics of success are so violently opposed to the authentic welfare of girls and women.
The sexual revolution continues to increase the body count and now the engineers of this vast misogynistic campaign have become free to abandon the lie they’ve constructed, that women’s rights and welfare are the goals. Disordered, violent male sexual predators and open abusers of women have been freed to openly pursue this agenda without any consequences at all and they’re getting help from mainstream sources that are too afraid to object. Scott Weiner, President Biden, James Martin…the list is long and sad….
Kelly Slater has said “let’s make a trans division and then we won’t have this confusion”
Best idea yet…but they won’t because competition is not the point of all of this.
IMHO: The men who have to claim that they are women to compete against them can’t “make it” in competition against men!
Women’s and girls’ sports are doomed unless we recover some sanity and acknowledgement of biology.
Return to (or turn to) a perverse patriarchy?
Does every kindergartner really need to meet a man in drag?
Let’s teach children respect, not a denial of reality.
Let’s close the tranny shops and work on serving people and repairing our culture.
Thank you Bethany Hamilton. Bethany the Best, Ride that wave. Thank you so much for standing for the Truth!
She’s already got her fame and money, and she’s an old fogey in her sport now. No cost to her to take this stand now. If she were 17 it would be different.
Bethany was a faithful Christian when she was a young woman. Her faith in Christ and His teachings hasn’t changed. Why your critical remarks?
She cares about other women and girl athletes. May God bless this young woman, her husband and their three children.
Did it ever occur to you that she is standing up for those who are 17? She has a voice precisely because she has earned the right to speak. And you can be sure the insane trans-culture will attack Bethany regardless of her age. She has a target on her back now and evil people are taking aim.
One could say the very same thing about what Alex Morgan, the US womens soccer team member said about letting bio boys play girls sports. She’s at the end of her career. Her spot on the team won’t be taken by a male putting on female airs. To deny that happens, which Alex effectively did just that, is as delusional as a boy that believes he can be a girl,
Doubt this was an issue when she was 17.