The 27-30 of October the 2016 Maui & Son’s Pichilemu Women’s Pro brought women surfers from around the world to Chile. The Valpo Surf Project team made the trek south to watch the competition and cheer on some of the best female surfers in the world. Valpo Surf Project board member, Juan Pablo Barrientos announced the competition.
Sofia Mulanovich, 33-year old surfer from Peru beat out competitor Leilane McGonagle from Costa Rica to win the competition. Mulanovich, the goofy-footed surfer, won the competition with a score of 15.54 over the 12.83 points that McGonagle scored. The waves during the competition were small, only about 2-3 feet. A sizeable difference from the last time the VSP crew headed to watch a competition in Punta de Lobos, the trails for the Big Wave World Tour.
The Maui & Son’s Pichilemu Women’s Pro was a stop in the Women’s Qualifying Series for the World Surf League, and defined qualifiers for the Women’s World Champion Tour. The competition at Punta de Lobos was an important stop on the tour for those competitors hoping to become part of the twenty best surfers on the planet. The competition also proved to be important in the history of women’s surfing in Chile–la ariqueña Lorena Fica won enough points in the competition to total 840 over the course of the year, which has made her the chilean woman surfer to rise the most on the scale of world rankings.
Congratulations to Sofia, Leilane, Lorena and all participants in the competition!