Read Article

WISE Los Angeles Welcomes the World Surf League as a Corporate Partner


The two organizations are teaming up to amplify equality and inclusion for women in surfing and the business of sports.

WISE Los Angeles is proud to announce its official partnership with the World Surf League (WSL). The first US-based, global sports league to institute equal prize money across all owned and operated events in 2019, the WSL is the global home of competitive surfing. Since 1976, the WSL has crowned the undisputed World Champions and showcased the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves. 

Operating under its ethos of “surfing is for everyone,” the WSL has been making waves both on and off-shore in recent years for its commitment to creating equal opportunities for the best surfers. In 2021, it appointed former competitor Jessi Miley-Dyer to serve as Senior Vice President of Tours and Head of Competition - the first woman to lead the competition office in the history of professional surfing. Under Miley-Dyer’s leadership, the WSL’s 2022 season served as the organization’s inaugural fully redesigned three-tier competition framework, which established the key venues and dates for the world's best surfers and featured a combined men's and women's schedule for the first time in the organization’s 46-year history. 

“Providing opportunities for female surfers to compete in waves like Pipeline and Teahupo’o will change the sport forever,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, Senior Vice President of Tours and Head of Competition, WSL. “Creating space for women at the most competitive lineups in the world is really exciting and the younger generation will forever see these waves as waves where they belong.”

“It’s exciting to witness the incredible strides the WSL is making for women,” said Rachel Sollenberger, Director of Partnerships, WISE LA. “Their vision and action towards inclusion and equality in surfing are fully aligned with our organization’s mission. We’re honored to welcome WSL into the WISE family.”

Founded in 2005, WISE LA empowers women in the business of sport by providing resources and tools to achieve their career goals. Fiercely committed to equality and inclusion in sport, WISE LA offers programming, mentorship and networking to its members in the Los Angeles area. Through this new partnership with WSL, WISE LA will expand its membership into new areas of the sports community through surfing. 


Your WISE Community

WISE membership comprises professionals at various stages of their careers, from entry-level associates to established industry leaders, and spans all disciplines within the industry.

Join Our Mailing List