Big wave surfer Gabriel Villaran carries the Olympic torch

July 10, 2012 | Surfing
Gabriel Villaran: the Peruvian big wave surfer carries the golden Olympic torch

Gabriel Villaran has proudly carried the Olympic Flame, in the United Kingdom. The big wave surfer from Peru has run 300 meters through the roads of Milton Keynes, at 8h50, with the iconic torch in his hands.

"One of the most incredible days in my life. Representing my beautiful people from Peru. Aloha!", said Villaran.

The surfer completed the short journey in three minutes showing a big smile and waving to everyone down the road. He then passed the golden stick to the next athlete.

The Olympic torch is made of aluminium alloy skin and is perforated by 8,000 circles, representing the inspirational stories of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry it before the 2012 Olympic Games, to be held in London.

The gold color embraces the qualities of the Olympic Flame - the brightness and the warmth of the light that it shines. It weighs 800 grams.

Gabriel Villaran is one of the best surfers in Peru and is easily listed in the top 100 best riders in the world. Surfing is yet to make its Olympic debut.