Peru’s Mulanovich contends for 2007 World Surfing title

The final event of the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour began yesterday at Honolua Bay, Maui. Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich is one of three surfers at the Billabong Pro Maui who are in position to contend for the 2007 ASP Women’s World Title. The tour’s ratings leader, Australian rookie Stephanie Gilmore, has a 101 point lead over Mulanovich. The other title contender is Brazil’s Silvana Lima, who had the day’s high heat total of 17.20 out of a possible 20.

“Sometimes I think about the title, but then I relax,” Lima told ASP news yesterday. “I think more about the event. I really want to win the event. If the ASP Women’s World Title comes, then great, but I’m focused on the event. I love it here. I’m really happy.”

The Billabong Pro Maui will also crown the Vans Triple Crown Champion. American Megan Abubo and Sofía Mulanovich are leading the race for the triple crown after winning the Reef Haleiwa Pro and Roxy Pro Sunset respectively.

“I think the Triple Crown is what is really driving me to perform right now,” Abubo said. For Mulanovich, the Triple Crown would be a bonus to the 2007 World Title. “I’ve always wanted to win the Triple Crown since I was pretty young,” said Mulanovich in the Billabong promotional video.

Round three is scheduled for tomorrow morning with Mulanovich going head-to-head against American Keala Kennelly.

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