Former world champion Layne Beachley remembers a time during her highly successful professional surfing career when she was lucky to earn $8000 a year on the women’s world tour. Already this year, current world No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons has amassed more prize money — $162,250 — than the men’s world No. 2 Joel Parkinson, who has earned $135,000. Stephanie Gilmore ($123,000), third on the women’s tour rankings has earned more this year than Taj Burrow ($117,000), fourth on the men’s rankings. Women’s surfing has certainly come a long way in 20 years.
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