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Big-wave surfer Bianca Valenti has led the fight for gender equity in the highly dangerous sport.
"I got a present from God," the gutsy surfer said at a World Surf League ceremony.
Twelve women competed in the World Surf League's first big-wave surfing contest.
The 24-year-old is the first Hawaii-born surfer to win the men's title since 2004.
Before surfers went mainstream, they were a group of rebels who just wanted to have fun.
Surfing as we know it will never be the same again.
And now, they're trying to do something about it.
But the battle for gender equality in sponsorship deals continues.