De Col's win secured the overall team gold for Peru.
Encinitas, California (May 31, 2011) – Peruvian Cristobal de Col wins Gold at the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Movistar held over the weekend in Punta Hermosa near Lima, Peru. The 17-year-old's win propelled the Peruvian team to an overall team gold, breaking the Australian junior team's five-year run.
"The Gold is Peruvian, the cup stays at home," says de Col. "Many people told me this was my tournament and I felt it inside, I even dreamt about it. We showed amazing teamwork in the last few days and took home the overall as a team."
De Col dominated the under-18 contest from the start. The goofy footer commanded the big rights lining up at Caballeros and took full home field advantage with his perfect placement and timing. De Col demonstrated his powerful surfing with vertical backside cutbacks. The hometown crowd vaulted him out of the water carrying him and the Peruvian flag to the stage.
The ISA win for Peru's junior team follows up last fall's Peruvian team win at the ISA World Surfing Games. The junior Peru team benefitted from the knowledge of coach Gabriel Villaran who won silver at the 2010 ISA World Surfing Games also held at Punta Hermosa. During the Fall contest Villaran posted the highest score of the contest, a nearly perfect 9.88.
De Col began surfing at the age of three with his father, Peruvian National Surfing Champion Titi de Col. In 2006, he won his first International title becoming the World Champion of the Rip Curl Grom Search Championship in Bali, Indonesia in the 14 and under division. Most recently de Col again caught the attention of the surf world, on a big day at Teahupo'o packed with some of surfing's heaviest players.
Cristobal de Col is supported by Quiksilver, Red Bull, Oakley Eyewear, Skullcandy and …Lost Surfboards.