New wave of females are making surfing a powerhouse sport
I WAS watching a documentary on Lakey Peterson, the young American surfer who is currently sitting fifth in the ASP Women's World Rankings, and it made me think.
How good is the world or women's surfing these days?
My response has not changed in all of the images that crossed my mind.
It is huge; an amazing competition which is only getting bigger, and it has been coming for years.
Going back to the days of Pam Burridge, then after that Layne Beachley and right through to today's rippers, the sport has been brewing into the powerhouse it is now.
And girls like Lakey Peterson are leading the charge into making women's surfing as competitive as the men's.
At the moment, Carissa Moore and Stephanie Gilmore are leading the way.
But we can see the pack is closing; the sport is explosive and extremely marketable on the back of the rising ranks.
Gilmore was knocked out early in Brazil, and Peterson, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright are all snapping at the heels of the leaders.
It is like the men's world tour now, multiple guys able to win competitions and so much of a great lifestyle, but serious at the same time.
All of these girls will be travelling the world with trainers, managers, coaches, family and friends trying to find the right balance between surfing, fitness, health and earning money.
Good luck to them.
If the surfing keeps going the way it is, we fans will have nothing to complain about except the weeks the athletes themselves are having a well-earned break - or of course when the local swell is not around.