Girls Gone Wild: Sofia Mulanovich

Girls Gone Wild: Sofia Mulanovich

Sofia Mulanovich is the hottest thing in women’s surfing today. She is currently leading the WCT ratings and is looking to win South America’s first professional world championship in surfing. I first met Sofia in Tahiti several years ago and instantly became a fan of her surfing. Even though she’s barely five feet tall and can’t weigh more than 120 pounds, the girl packs a punch in the water, displacing more water than men twice her size. Even though she’s a competitive machine, she’s not in it for the money, fame, or glory; she just loves to surf, all day, every day. In fact, she surfed so much in the Mentawais that she got the gnarliest rash I’ve ever seen—she was almost bleeding. But like the tough girl she is, she said, “I don’t care, man. I’m back out there! It’s that kind of drive and determination that is going to earn Sofia a world title–mark my words.

Sofia Mulanovich

TransWorld Surf: Where are you from Sofia?

Sofia Mulanovich: I’m from Lima, Peru. Punta Hermosa actually.

That means beautiful point. That’s why you’re so beautiful.

Yeah. I mean no, that’s my pointbreak.

Is it a left or a right?

It’s a right

I didn’t think there were many rights in Peru.

There’s quite a few, but the best waves are lefts.

When you were a kid, what surfers did you look up to?

Lisa Andersen, Rochelle, Kalani Robb. Now, I look up to Mick Fanning, Slater, and Andy.

After your recent success you must be famous as well a sex symbol in Peru.

Not really.

No creo que si! (I don’t think so in Spanish, which is Sofia’s first language)

No, I’m just a normal girl who likes to surf and that’s it.

In my opinion, you’re the most successful professional surfer to ever come out of Peru. Have any other South Americans won a WCT contest?

I don’t think anybody has. They (South Americans) don’t really understand surfing.

You’ve won three contests in a row.

Yeah.

How does that make you feel?

It feels good. (laughs)

Is your family happy for you?

Yeah, they’re stoked for sure.

Who taught you how to surf?

My dad, my mom, and my friends.

So is surfing popular in Peru?

Yeah, and it’s starting to get more popular. It’s good now and getting better.

Let’s talk about women’s surfing. Where do you see women’s surfing going?

I think the level of women’s surfing is getting really high. All the girls are ripping now. No more five point rides. All the rides are like eights and nines. It’s like the men’s now. I’m not saying we’re going to be as good as the men, but we’re getting better.

What’s Peru like? I know most people reading this haven’t been there.

Peru is cool. It’s just a small country. Everybody knows each other, and everybody surfs together. I like my home–I don’t know, it’s beautiful for me.

But you’re not there very often, right?

No, maybe one month a year if I’m lucky.

That’s it? Don’t you miss your family?

Yeah, for sure. I call them on the phone though.

They don’t miss you, I just talked to them on the phone.

Really? Maybe though.

I’m just kidding. Back to the future of women’s surfing.

For me, I think it’s about Melanie Bartels and Chelsea Georgeson–they’re going nuts.

Those girls are the future?

Yeah, I think so. They’re going to push the limits.

Do you have a boyfriend?

Yep.

What’s his name?

Sebastian.

He’s a lucky man.

I don’t know. Yeah he is.

What are the waves like in Peru?

They’re really good and uncrowded. There’s really good lefts up north. From October to March there’s good waves and it’s warm, but in the winter it gets really cold and the waves aren’t as good, just big and messy and cold.

In general, what are Peruvian women like?

My friends are really cool and beautiful. You have to go Justin–they”re pretty cool.

Any good parties?

Yeah, there’s really good parties.

What kind of maneuvers are women doing now?

We’re starting to pull airs, bigger turns, and barrel riding is getting really, really, good.

What are some of your favorite places to surf?

I love my home break, La Isla. I love the North Shore–especially Pupukea. I also love the Gold Coast and the Mentawais.

Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch, but if you win the world title, can I come to your party?

For sure you can. Everybody can. I don’t know if I’m going to win the world title, but if I do, you’re gonna see the hugest party ever. I’m gonna rent a house and just go nuts. Nothing but nuts!

What’s in your future?

Keep surfing, try to improve myself as a surfer and a human and just enjoy the ride and have fun.

What do you have to say to the grommettes out there?

Keep ripping, have fun and just be a surfer. Enjoy every wave you ride and just keep having fun–that’s the most important thing.