Sofia Mulanovich took a triumphant victory at the Movistar Peru Classic in Lobitos over the weekend, a jubilant win she’s been pursuing for some time.
“It doesn’t even feel real that this is happening right now,” Mulanovich said. “I have wanted to win this event for so long, and have always been disappointed. To do it here, in front of my friends and family and in good waves at Lobitos is a dream come true. Viva Peru!"
Mulanovich, the 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion, suffered a huge wipeout in round 3 against Jessi Miley-Dyer, but was able to rally in her Quarterfinal match-up with Chelsea Hedges, edging her out by a half-point to advance. In fact, Sofia’s numerous fans no doubt gave her a boost, as most of her match-ups were nail-biters.
Mulanovich met up with Red Bull teammate Sally Fitzgibbons in the Semifinal; Fitzgibbons had been on fire in Peru, earning what became the highest heat total of the event, a 17.85 out of a possible 20, in her round 3 heat. The two had a tight battle, with Sofia emerging just seven-hundredths of a point ahead.
Sofia then went on to meet two-time ASP Women’s World Champ and two-time defending event winner in Peru, Stephanie Gilmore. Sofia came out with the win, which propelled her from fourth to third in overall ASP Women’s World Tour ratings.
“I haven’t had the best season and I was really waiting for a breakout result,” Mulanovich beamed. “To finally get it at home is really special. I am just so stoked.”
Next up on the Women’s World Tour is the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, from November 24 through December 6, 2009. For more information, check out the ASP World Tour site.