Videographers have been told to be mindful when shooting female surfers – and to avoid close-ups of women’s behinds.
Stab magazine reports the World Surf league has issued some guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and promote gender equality within the sport.
“No inappropriate jokes. No leering at colleagues or competitors. Absolute gender equality in all parts of the operation.
“All cinematographers have been instructed to exercise discretion while shooting the women’s heats. Cinematographers must be careful to be zoomed out during bottom turns or duck dives.
“A live broadcast means there’s no time for editing so all camera operators need to use common sense when shooting. That means wide shots of any competitors in skimpy swimwear. Girls who surf in boardshorts will feature larger on screen than those in bikinis.”
Some Australian women surfers wear high cut bikini bottoms and others wear shorts – depending on their personal preference.
The decision has had a mixed reaction from social media, with some suggesting women should cover up their bodies instead.