Villaran with Mulanovich on the women’s side leads Peru to an Aloha Cup bronze and sixth place overall

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California (August 10, 2009) – Peruvian Gabriel Villaran took bronze at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games held over the past week in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. The 25-year-old’s dynamic surfing in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica helped to lead his native Peru to a sixth overall placing in the world. Peru’s sweetheart, Sofia Mulanovich, surfed with Villaran and three others during the tag-team event to claim the Aloha Cup bronze for Peru.

“Peru takes a lot of pride in its surfers and I’m so honored to be able to take home a few medals for the fans,” says Gabriel Villaran. “Surfing with my friends on Peru’s team on good waves was worth it alone, so to also take home two medals is amazing!”

Villaran surfed in the final against Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Cory Lopez (USA). The tubular beach break received some swell for the finals offering Villaran the perfect opportunity to display his confidence in bigger waves following a few months in Indonesia this spring and summer. Villaran claimed bronze with an 8.36 in the Open Men’s category. His strong podium placing carried Peru into sixth place overall.

While Villaran spends a lot of time filming for projects like the recently released Out of my Head and on editorial trips, he’s proven that when he competes, he can win. Most recently the surfer the Peruvians call ‘El Cabezón’ won the ASP’s 3-star Rusty Arica Pro in Arica, Chile on June 7th. This spring the 2008 Peruvian National Champion of Surfing took third at the WQS 2-star Copa Movistar. He finished up last year with a 2nd place in Puerto Escondido’s big waves at the WQS PXM International Vans Pro.

Next up Villaran heads to the first-ever Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido to be held August 12-19 in the massive barrels of Playa Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico. Check out more of his surfing and learn more about Villaran’s inspiring life story in the recently released film Out of My Head.

Mulanovich heads next to southern California where she’ll be surfing hard and training for the next WCT stop, the Beachley Classic north of Sydney, Australia. This third WCT stop features the largest prize purse in women’s surfing and leads off a busy fall for the tour.

Gabriel Villaran is supported by Quiksilver, Red Bull, DC Shoes, Lost Surfboards, Motorola and Movistar.
Sofia Mulanovich is supported by Roxy, Red Bull, Reef Footwear, Channel Islands Surfboards, Movistar, DaKine and Lan Airlines.

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