I’m beginning to suspect that the more young girls succeed, the more conservatives complain about the sexualisation of girls. And here we have another young girl busting the barriers. Alyssa Lock is 12 and was the youngest surfer to compete in a professional event when she contested the recent trials of the Roxy Pro. It’s a pity that in an article in the Australian, fellow competitor and four-time world champion, Lisa Andersen resorted to cliches.

I didn’t even start surfing until I was 15. You like seeing super-talented kids get some experience and there’s no harm putting a few miles in, but 12 is a bit too young to know what’s going to happen to any kid. They have to stay kids.

Hmm. I wonder what Alyssa would say about that? I bet she loves surfing and is having an exemplary girlhood. Why would you take that from her? Maybe Andersen is worried about the competition?