Rip Curl faces backlash for featuring transgender woman to promote women’s surfing

Surfing retailer Rip Curl has wiped posts on its social media pages that featured a transgender woman after receiving criticism from followers.

Rip Curl, a company known for selling swimming clothes and surf gear, had uploaded photos featuring Sasha Lowerson, a transgender surfer, on its social media sites on Thursday. However, the photos have since been removed. Riley Gaines, a former athlete and advocate to protect women’s sports was quick to comment on X.

“They want you to forget about their contempt for women,” Gaines wrote. “Don’t.”

Hahahaha Ripcurl suddenly knows what a woman is

They've also since deleted all posts promoting a male surfer posing as a woman after dropping Bethany Hamilton. They want you to forget about their contempt for women. Don't. #RIPcurl

— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) January 28, 2024

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