Peruvian powerhouse and Roxy sensation Sofia Mulanovich is officially on the hunt for a second ASP Women’s World Championship Title. With a solid season of surfing on the ASP Women’s World Tour this year, including a recent win at the Roxy Pro, Sofia is currently number two in the ASP standings with 5,767 points.
The deciding event of the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour and the third and final event of the Triple Crown Series, the Billabong Pro Maui, is set to begin its waiting period today and will continue through until December 20th, needing only two full days of competition to complete the contest. Mulanovich and teammate Megan Abubo are both currently tied in equal first on the Triple Crown Series ratings.
No stranger to Honolua Bay’s famed righthanders, Mulanovich looks to put the heat on fellow title contenders Stephanie Gilmore and Silvana Lima. She currently trails Gilmore by just over 100 points, but has much more experience at the break, as this will be Gilmore’s debut event at Honolua. Lima is currently sitting in third position, trailing Mulanovich by more than 500 points.
“I have a lot of confidence after my win at the Roxy Pro, and I am really looking forward to getting over to Maui,” Mulanovich said. “Steph and Silvana are incredible surfers and I know they want this bad – I’m just going to stick to my gameplan and focus.”
Mulanovich has had a stellar season with wins at the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, last week and the Rip Curl Girls Festival at Santander, Spain, in September. Other notable 2007 finishes include second at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, third at both the Nab Beachley Classic Sydney and Mancora Peru Classic, and fifth at the Billabong Girls Pro Brazil.
A solid finish at the Billabong Pro Maui will allow Mulanovich the opportunity to replace her lowest finish, a 17th at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, to advance her final ranking. With a win at the Billabong Pro Maui, she is guaranteed the title.
“Sofia’s surfing has been top notch this season and she never ceases to amaze everyone in the surfing community with her talent and accomplishments,” said Randy Hild, Executive Vice President, Roxy Global Marketing. “Her dedication to surfing and to making herself a champion is undeniable, and she deserves everything that comes her way. Roxy is extremely proud of Sofia, and we wish her the best at Honolua!”
Among her long list of accolades, Mulanovich clinched the Surfer Magazine Poll Award for the third consecutive year in 2007. In 2005, ESPN awarded her the ESPY for “Best Female Action Sports Athlete.” She won the Women’s World Title in 2004, was voted “ASP Rookie of the Year” on the World Championship Tour in 2003, and was the Peruvian National Champion four years in a row.
As the first Peruvian athlete ever to win a national sports championship and the first modern day Latin American world surfing champ, the prestigious Laurel’s Sport Award was bestowed upon her by Peruvian President Toledo and a monument with her name was placed outside of Peru’s National Stadium in Lima.