- 09 July 2009 | Surfing
ISA and ASP 2004 World Champion, Sofía Mulanovich, has confirmed that she will be a part of the Peruvian Team for the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games to be held in Playa Hermosa, Jaco, Costa Rica from August 1- 8.
"Yes, I will be in Costa Rica for the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games representing Peru in this great event", said Sofía. "I love representing Peru in Latin American countries. It feels like being at home, in a country where they speak your own language. It is a better experience than competing in a far away country."
Peruvian Sofía Mulanovich, is the only surfer in history, male or female, to be crowned World Champion in the ISA World Surfing Games and the ASP World Tour in the same year. She won the Gold Medal in Ecuador 2004 and later the ASP World Title in Hawaii, thus achieving two of the most important titles a surfer can dream of acquiring in one season.
The addition of Sofía strengthens an already strong Peruvian team. The Open Men's division is composed of finalists from the recent WQS in Arica, Peru, Gabriel Villarán and Álvaro Malpartida, a former Latin American Champion, Javier Swayne and local standout Matías Mulanovich. The Longboard division includes Piccolo Clemente and Tamil Martino.
Joining Sofía in the Open Women's division is ASP World Junior Runner-Up and former Latin American Champion, Analí Gómez.
Karín Sierralta, Peruvian Team Manager, said the following about his expectations of having Sofía on his team, "Sofía's presence is a great incentive for the team. It's going to be great watching her in an ISA event, joining the kids that competed with her in previous events. Our main goal is to make it back to the Top 4. I think Costa Rica is a good place to achieve this again, the waves are great and surfing in good conditions is our biggest strength."
Peru has a great record in the history of ISA events. They won a Copper Medal in the 2004 ISA World Surfing Games and they consistently place in the Top 15. Peru is definitely a team whose performance gets better with the size of the waves.