Transgender surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson defeats female competitors

Transgender surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson, a natural male, recently defeated female competitors at the West Coast Suspensions Longboard and Logger State Championships in Australia.

Lowerson placed first in the Open Women’s Longboard and Open Women’s Logger divisions Surfing WA.

The transgender surfer beat the competition with 14.70 points in the Open Women’s Longboard, compared to runners-up’s score of just 10.63 – likewise, Lowerson’s 13.97 in the Open Women’s Logger eclipsed the runners-up’s 11.37.

“Being the first transgender woman to compete in surfing hasn’t been easy emotionally, but the support I’ve received has been phenomenal and I’m so grateful to be included, welcomed and accepted by the longboard community in Australia be,” Lowerson said, according to Surfing WA.

“It was an amazing experience with great waves. I surfed an amazing, perfect point break with three other women,” said Lowerson the inertia.

In the past, Lowerson competed as Ryan Egan in men’s surfing. Lowerson began “a medical transition” in early 2021, the surfer said on a podcast.

“Well, it wasn’t the first event I’ve attended as a woman,” Lowerson said, according to Laziness. “I attended the Noosa Festival of Surfing in March. So this was technically the first time a trans athlete had competed in surfing. And there was no hooray then, because there was nothing to talk about. I turned 10. I was surfing against some of the best women longboarders in the world and they coached me.

“However, in this event I was a bigger fish in a smaller pond and there will be naysayers once you win one. Unfortunately, when a trans athlete is successful, many people want to jump up and down. But there’s also a lot of people who want to celebrate it, which is positive,” Lowerson said.

Taylor Silverman, a skateboarder, recently spoke about losing to a transgender competitor.

Lia Thomas, a biological male who swam for the University of Pennsylvania women’s team, previously made headlines when he won various competitions against female competitors.

“The very simple answer is that I’m not a man,” Thomas said sports illustrated. “I’m a woman, so I belong on the women’s team. Trans people deserve the same respect that every other athlete gets.” Transgender surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson defeats female competitors

Laura Coffey

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