Sofia Mulanovich 

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.

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Thomaz Peterson 

Thomaz Peterson (BRA), 19, and reigning ASP European Women’s Junior champion Alizee Arnaud (FRA), 18, clinched the ASP Grade-1 Buondi Pro Junior today at Cordoama in Portugal respectively in the men’s and women’s divisions. In three foot (one meter) consistent although wind-blown conditions, both champions carved their way up to the final where they left their opponents away from any title hopes, Reunion Island representatives Damien Chaudoy (REU) and Johanne Defay (REU) placing second of the 2009 edition.

Peterson, who had to battle through a close semifinal against Basque surfer Mario Azurza (Zarautz, EUK), ended up winning his first ASP Pro Junior event with an excellent 15.50 point score out of a possible 20, the Brazilian surfer finishing his run with the event’s fourth best heat total.
“I am very happy with that win and I am sure my whole family is watching in Brazil,” Peterson said. “It was a very hard day and the conditions were difficult to read and surf. My semifinal against Mario (Azurza) was pretty close and very demanding so I quite relieved to take that title. I couldn’t expect much more.”

Peterson, who had left a first strong impression last April at the first ASP European Pro Junior event of the year in Carcavelos, Portugal, confirmed his promising talent today defeating regional favorites Pierre-Valentin Laborde (FRA), Joachim Guichard (DEN) and Damien Chaudoy (REU) en route to the title.

“I want to win as much events as possible this summer in Europe,” Peterson said. “I am going to stay around and travel across Europe to take my chance, surf in some of the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) main events as well and see how things go.”

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Mick Fanning 

A lay day has been called for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, with only small two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf coming in through the fabled pointbreak.

Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay may have called a lay day for the opening day of the waiting period, but between requalification campaigns, ASP World Title races, free surfs and format decisions, there is plenty going on around the event site today.

“We’ve called Billabong Pro J-Bay competition off for the day and we’re on hold until 10:30am for a possible 11am start for the VonZipper Trials,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Contest Director, said. “We’re expecting some swell late Sunday and Monday/Tuesday look promising. At present, the competition format is still undecided. We’ll be back tomorrow morning at 7am to assess the conditions.

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay has the option to run either the traditional or new competition formats, as well as utilize the overlapping heats tem for either. Event organizers will determine which format they will use in accordance with the conditions.

Surfline, official surf foreer for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, are calling for the current SW groundswell to dissipate throughout the day before a smaller scale WSW to SW swell settles in over the coming days.

Regardless of the conditions, the world’s best surfers have got their respective game faces on as they prepare two do battle at Jeffreys.

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