Sofia Mulanovich

Sofia Mulanovich (PER) has won the 2008 Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG, defeating fellow finalist Samantha Cornish (AUS) in clean three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks.

The opening event of the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast ran from Round 3 through the Final today with major upsets and inspiring performances enthralling the hundreds on the beach and thousands watching online.

Mulanovich, 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion and world runner-up last season, was in sensational form today, netting the day’s highest heat total of a 17.34 out of a possible 20 to combo Cornish in the Final.

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Mark Warren

Surfing pioneer Mark Warren (Avalon, NSW) was honoured as the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee at the 23rd annual Australian Surfing Awards at Twin Town Services Club in Coolangatta last night.

Warren’s varied and successful careers within surfing span three decades.  A 70s pro surfer - a media sports personality in the ‘80’s - National Coach and ASP Tour Representative in the ‘90’s. 

Warren the 1970 NSW Junior Champion from Narrabeen went onto become one of the worlds first pro surfers winning numerous contests including the 1976 Smirnoff World Pro-Am at Sunset Beach, Hawaii and The Duke Kahanamoku Classic at Waimea Bay, Hawaii in 1980.

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ASP Awards 2008

The atmosphere was electric this evening as the world’s best surfers converged on the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the ASP World Champion’s Crowning, honoring a bevy of last season’s accomplishments from athletes across all disciplines of the sport of surfing.

Headlining the evening was the official crowning of ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) whose reception was met with a feverish response from the hundreds in attendance.

The titles mark the first for both the Gold Coast surfers, with Fanning claiming his after six seasons on the ASP World Tour and Gilmore making ASP history by attaining surfing’s ultimate honor in just one year amongst the elite.

Joining Fanning in the ASP World Tour accolades were ASP World Tour Runner-Up Taj Burrow (AUS), ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year Jeremy Flores (FRA) and ASP World Tour Most Improved surfer Bede Durbidge (AUS).

Gilmore was flanked by fellow ASP Top 17 competitors Sofia Mulanovich (PER), who collected the ASP Women’s World Tour Runner-Up award, and Silvana Lima (BRA), who took home the ASP Women’s World Tour Most Improved award.  Gilmore also claimed the honor of 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year.

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