The 36-year-old female surfer defeated Silvana Lima, Carissa Moore, and Bianca Buitendag, in an extremely tight final that was held in Miyazaki, Japan.
The Peruvian surfer secured her career’s second gold medal in the World Surfing Games, a surfing event held by the International Surfing Association (ISA).
Sofia Mulanovich expressed, “I think that I’m in a dream. This isn’t happening. It’s unbelievable for me to win this event with all the best surfers of the world.” The veteran won her first gold medal in Salinas, Ecuador, in 2004, when she was only 22 years old. That year was a golden year for Mulanovich. Besides the World Surfing Games title, she also earned the ASP World Tour trophy.
Past, Present, and Future
The Peruvian still is the only South American female athlete to be crowned world surfing champion.
Sofia Mulanovich concluded, “Two Peruvians won gold medals at the Pan American Games in Lima and my winning here adds to that. Surfing is fast growing in Latin America, and Peru is here to stay.”
Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA, believes that the women’s final was a “validation of the universal competitive landscape” of surfing.
“Sofia Mulanovich had a long career as a professional surfing athlete. Earning gold after 15 years and against this stars is incredible for her. I’m sure she is going to think about her chances for 2020.”
Meanwhile, four female surfers have secured spots in Tokyo 2020.
Shino Matsuda (Japan), Bianca Buitendag (South Africa), Anat Lelior (Israel), and Ella Williams (New Zealand) will only confirm their tickets for the Summer Olympics as the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games wrap up in May 2020.
These four female surfers will only lose their spots if there are two fellow countrywomen of the same gender qualifying ahead of them at the upcoming World Surfing Games.