This winter on the North Shore of Oahu there are no women’s surfing contest in the Van’s Triple Crown of surfing due to “lack of sponsorship”. It is a particularly painful year for the Surf Industry Manufactures Association to bail out on the women surfers in Hawaii because local girl Carrissa Moore is the Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion. One of the Triple Crown of Surfing commenters summed it up while commenting on a men’s event that “the women are a little bit bummed about not being allowed to compete in Hawaii.” A little bummed? How about heart broken. The only token being thrown at the women is a wild card giving to Carrissa Moore allowing one women surfer to compete against 200 men. This is pro surfing’s version of gender equality in the year 2011.