Peruvian surfing star Sofia Mulanovich finished third on the ASP Women’s World Tour as reigning champion Stephanie Gilmore clinched the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney on Monday.
After four consecutive lay days, the world-renowned point break of Dee Why helped deliver a thrilling finale for the 2,000-plus crowd, with Mulanovich finishing behind Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.
Sofia Mulanovich, who was tied in third with defending Beachley Classic champion Silvana Lima, was pipped to a place in the final after losing the second semi-final to Fitzgibbons, 10.17 to 11.97.
26-year-old former champion Mulanovich held the lead for the majority of the low-scoring semi-final, before Fitzgibbons netted a set wave in the last minute to post a semi-winning 7.00.
“It’s always good to make the semi-finals,” said Mulanovich. “I’m just stoked to be on the Northern Beaches, I’ve always loved Sydney. I would have loved to make the final, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Post semi-final, Mulanovich said she’s now focusing on the next stop of the ASP Women’s Women’s World Tour event in Peru.
“I love surfing at home, it’s my favourite place in the world, said Mulanovich. “I kind of want to go backside again. I can’t wait to get home.”
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