California Surfing Organization Reverses Course, Will Allow Trans Surfers After Pressure from Competition Committee

California Surfing Organization Reverses Course, Will Allow Trans Surfers After Pressure from Competition Committee


An organization that governs surfing contests has told a California surfing competition that it must allow men who “identify” as women to compete in the women’s category.

The California Coastal Commission has informed organizers of the Huntington Beach Longboard Pro event that they may not “discriminate” against transgender athletes and has ruled that male-born Sasha Jane Lowerson must be allowed to compete in the women’s category, according to the BBC.

Lowerson had entered the L.A. competition in the women’s category because the International Surfing Association (ISA) has had rules allowing those who “identify” as female to compete as a woman. But just ahead of last Saturday’s event, Lowerson was denied a chance to compete.

“I was really disappointed and surprised [at being excluded],”

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