Surfing's New Wave

A new generation of teenage female surfers is shaking up professional surfing. Though the girls have to graduate high school before they can compete full-time for prize money, they're already performing progressive new moves and taking on the pros in competition. “We’re maybe experimenting with our surfing a little bit, trying different things and really looking at what the guys are doing,” says Carissa Moore, 16, who defeated seven-time world champion Layne Beachley, 36, to win the Reef Hawaiian Pro last month. “When I started, it wasn’t really acceptable to be a woman in the water,” Beachley said. “Whereas now it’s actually encouraged, accepted and respected.” [New York Times]