Australia’s surfing body reaffirms trans-friendly rules despite global push for a separate division, including from world’s greatest athlete Kelly Slater, “Transgender surfers are free to enter any competition in Australia, up to and including national titles”
But! Should the ISA “decide that transgender surfers are not eligible to compete internationally, Surfing Australia would also seek to enforce that decision”.
Two months ago, surfing’s first transgender competitor, Sasha Jane Lowerson, who won the men’s division of the WA longboard titles in 2019 as Ryan Egan, crossed over to the women’s division of the Western Australia longboard titles , easily ripping the girl’s crown open.
Before being cleared to compete, the 43-year-old told Surfing Australia: “We can do this in two ways. We can do it together and make it amazing or we can do it terrible and it’s a circus and you’re the only ones looking silly… I’d rather not go through this.
Equally exciting is the success of twenty-nine-year-old trans skater Ricci Tres, who recently won the Red Bull Boardr Open the women’s division in New York, defeating 13-year-old Shiloh Catori.
“I’m not going to be lenient with them because they’re kids,” Tres said.
Very inspiring, and I mean it because I love my trannies, the elf faces, the flashy sexpot outfits, the way they like to get caught in the reflections so they can admire their irresistible new visions, the hidden duty gun between the legs, sometimes usable, sometimes not.
However, not everyone is so enthralled by the very special genre-hopping magic.
After Lowerson’s victory, Kelly Slater said, “Do a trans division and we won’t have this confusion.”
And, after the success of swimmer Lia Thomas, a towering twenty-three-year-old Texas girl who held various high school records as a male in high school and didn’t transition until her first year of university, the world swimming body FINA has now adopted a new “gender inclusion policy”.
Unless you transitioned before you were twelve, you won’t get into girls. Instead, FINA came up with an “open division”, formerly called men’s I guess.
Anyway, earlier today Surfing Western Australia released a statement confirming, at least for now, their commitment to letting trannies surf.
“Surfing Australia has decided, in line with current policy which they distributed to all states in December 2021, that transgender surfers are free to enter any competition in Australia, up to and including national titles.”
There is, however, a disturbing caveat.
“If the International Surfing Association (ISA), which makes global decisions for the sport, were to decide that transgender surfers are ineligible to compete internationally, Surfing Australia would also seek to enforce that decision via states for competitions. national and national level.”