Surfers take on challenging swells at World Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa

Peru's Cristobal del Col

The third day of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games at Peru’s Punta Hermosa saw some of the biggest waves ever at a World Surfing Games.

“Despite the challenging conditions there was spectacular surfing throughout the day that often had the teams and spectators on their feet and cheering,” the event organizers said in a press release.

On Friday, three Peruvian men – Matias Mulanovich, the brother of fellow surfer Sofia, Gabriel Villarán and Cristobal del Col – advanced into Round 4 following the Repercharge Round, the events first eliminations.

“Talented surfers to be sure, but you may also credit some of their success on a keen understanding of the lineups and conditions that they’re competing in,” the release said. “No question that the surf’s been, in a word, challenging, and while some competitors were lost in the victory-at-sea surf, the Peruvian’s have stayed the course.”

On Saturday, Sofia Mulanovich, a former Women’s World Champion, is set to take on competitors in order to advance in the competition.

Mulanovich, also known locally as “the gringa,” was inducted into the Surfers Hall of Fame during its 10th Anniversary celebrations on July 27th, 2007. She is the first South American to have this honor, and the first Peruvian ever to win an Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour event.

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