Peruvian surfer Sofia Mulanovich finishes behind Carissa Moore at Beachley Classic


Sofia Mulanovich competes in Punta Hermosa in October 2010. (Photo: Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini/Andina)

Hawaiian Carissa Moore beat out Sofía Mulanovich 15.60 to 14.60 in the Beachley Classic in Australia, part of the Association of Surfing Professionals (APS) World Tour.

The Peruvian had a strong start, earning an 8.0 on her first wave. The next two rides combined to give her 14.60 points, not bad for Mulanovich.

After a few good attempts, Moore could not catch her ​​rival. However, in one of those maneuvers that are worth their weight in gold for winning this event, the Hawaiian completed a truly spectacular 360°, reports La Républica. It earned her 8.33 points and she pulled ahead of Mulanovich and won the $40,000 check.

“I was really excited to make another final and it was refreshing to have a Sofia as an opponent,” Moore told ASP International. “She was leading for most of the heat and I was kind of nervous out there.”

Moore, 19, is ranked among the top surfers for the 2011 season. She is seen as the successor to Stephanie Gilmore, world champion for the past four years.

Mulanovich found unique form to reach her first final this year. Mulanovich eliminated ASP rankings leader coming into the event, Sally Fitzgibbons, in their dramatic semifinal clash, before placing runner-up to Moore in the Final.

“I haven’t been on the podium for awhile and I’m just stoked to be here, it feels amazing,” Mulanovich said. “Carissa is an amazing surfer and she’s really hard to beat although I was beating her for awhile out there, I surprised myself.”

After the competition, Mulanovich earned 8,800 points, moving her up three positions on the ladder with 19,750 total points on the tour.

Meanwhile, Moore continues with 37,000, followed by Australian Sally Fitzgibbons (33,650), Tyler Wright (25,420) and Stephanie Gilmore (22,850). The Brazilian Silvana Lima is in fifth (21,420) and the Hawaiian Coco Ho sixth (21,300).

The next competition will be held from May 12 to 16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.