Peruvian, 2005 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Tour Champ, Sophia Mulanovich, has picked up a prestigious ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
The pint-sized regular-foot (left foot forward) surfer, who was also the first South American to claim an ASP World Crown, beat a host of well fancied action sports ladies to the title including skier Karin Huttery and pro snowboarders Janna Meyen, and Hannah Teter.
The ESPY Awards were created by USA based cable TV sports giant, ESPN in 1993 and are presented for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly.
The awards include numerous categories covering a variety of sports with the actual ceremony being attended by top international athletes and major Hollywood celebs alike.
The award is huge not only for Mulanovich but for women’s surfing as a whole as she sits along side top “mainstream athletes of the likes of Lance Armstrong (cycling) and Roger Federer (tennis) who also picked up “gongs for their efforts in their respective sports.
“I’m very happy to win the ESPY Award, and I want to congratulate all the other women who were nominated,” Sofia Mulanovich said. “I give a lot of credit to my friends and family who have supported me and, of course, everyone at Roxy. It’s been a really amazing year, and the most important thing for me is to keep working hard and try to defend my title.”
Mulanovich’s phenomenal 2004 season included a first place finish at the ISA World Championship Title competition in Salinas, Ecuador; first at the Roxy Pro WCT in Tavarua, Fiji; first at the WCT competition in Teahupoo, Tahiti; first at the Roxy Pro WCT in Anglet, France; and second at the Honda US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. She placed second at the Roxy Pro Hawaii, where she was named ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Champion. Among her other honors, Mulanovich has also received the Laurel’s Sport Award bestowed upon her by Peruvian President Toledo, and a monument with her name has been placed outside of Peru’s National Stadium in Lima.
Mulanovich’s 2004 world championship title is the latest in a long string of accomplishments she has garnered during her career. She was voted “ASP Rookie of the Year” on the World Championship Tour in 2003, was voted as 2003’s Number 5 “Favorite Female Surfer” in the Surfer Magazine Poll Awards, won Surfer Magazine Video Awards’ “Best Wipeout” category the same year, and was the Peruvian National Champion four years in a row.