Surfing icon Bethany Hamilton is speaking out against the World Surf League’s newly announced policy that would allow for male-bodied individuals known as transgender women to compete at the highest level in professional surfing against other women.

The Hawaii-based athlete and book author is raising questions about the rule change, asking whether other professional surfers were consulted about it beforehand – and wondering where this will lead.

Her statement in an Instagram video follows the World Surf League (WSL) announcing it will adopt the policies of the International Surfing Association (ISA) when it comes to transgender athletes.

“The World Surf League has officially made the rule that male-bodied individuals known as transgender athletes can officially compete in the women’s division,” she said.

She stressed on social media this weekend, "I strive to have love for all of mankind, regardless of any differences."

"Have any of the current surfers in the World Surf League been asked what their thoughts and opinions are on this new rule before it was passed or announced? Should there be a conversation?" she added.

"Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone indeed is a male or female? Is it as simple as this?"

She added, "I personally think that the best solution would be to create a different division so that all can have a fair opportunity to showcase their passion and talent