The image of a female surfer has long been synonymous with tanned limbs, sun kissed hair, and tiny, tiny bikini bottoms.
While their male counterparts typically wear knee-length board shorts, the women often wear bikinis, and revealing photos of their bodies taken during competitions aren’t uncommon.
But in the post #metoo era, sexual harassment is a central concern of the World Surf League, who met during the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast. The meeting, according to surfing publication Stab Magazine, “was a refresher on the rules and responsibilities of all WSL employees,” particularly when it comes to conduct towards women.
In the wake of the meeting, the human resources department have instructed cinematographers to “exercise discretion” when filming female surfers in competition – a notoriously difficult task given the nature of a live broadcast. They’ve been asked to zoom out during “bottom turns” or “duck dives,” given these are two manoeuvres that expose a person’s behind to the camera.
This “common sense” approach also asks cinematographers to feature women who wear bikinis predominantly in wide shots, with those who surf in board shorts taking up a majority of the screen.