Void Magazine today announced that in 2020 its annual community surfing event will offer equal prize money to all men’s and women’s professional divisions.

In the last few years a push for parity in professional sports has led several international professional sports organizations, including the World Surf League (the only global US based sports league to do so) to make similar commitments. Void Magazine President Tye Wallace expressed that the publication has always been a community focused and community supported undertaking, adding that all of the brand’s events aim to uplift the community that supports it. Committing to offering equal prize money for the Void Pro/Am fits with that vision.

“As a father of a 7 year old daughter, I see the urgent need to make this change for our 2020 event,” said Wallace. “It’s not so much the actual cash amount, but more about the positive messaging that equality brings. I want each and everyone of the next generation of rippers to have an equal shot at reaching their peak surfing potential. And it should start right here, in their own backyard.”

2019 Women’s Pro winner Kayla Durden was voted #1 Surfer in the 904 by Void Mag readers. || Photo: Wilson Haynes

Prize purses are based on the amount of sponsorship dollars, so a total estimated purse for 2020 has not yet been announced. If your business is interested in sponsoring a division in 2020, contact Void’s sales team at sales@voidlive.com.

For a full recap of the 2019 Void Pro/Am presented by Kona Brewing, click here.