Dominic Barona Takes Down South American Champ & Former World Champ 


Dominic Barona Takes Down South American Champ & Former World Champ

Dominic Barona of Ecuador has taken out the Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS)1000 Copa Triathlon Sport Reef Pro this week. The win also means that Dominic takes the lead in the race for the 2018 WSL South America Title.

In the Dominic, who selects a number of top scoring WQS events to compete in each year, made a lot of excellent wave choices and high scoring moves to make it through to the final against the event’s defending champion Anali Gomez of Peru.

Dominic entered the event as the underdog with respected surfers like Anali and 2004 World Champion Sofia Mulanovich of Peru, competing at home with support from the big and loud hometown crowd.

The Ecuadorian won every heat she surfed in at the event over the week, surfing with power and versatility of maneuvers. On her way to the final Dominic also took on Tainá Hinckel of Brazil, who has been excelling in the Pro Junior circuit as well as Lucia Indurain of Argentina, Sofia and Anali.

“It feels incredible to win here in Peru and I’m so happy I got the victory,” said Dominic after the final. “This event was great, all the girls surfed amazing and the waves were really good on both days. Competing against Anali (Gomez), Sofia (Mulanovich) and the younger girls made this victory even sweeter since everyone was surfing at such a high level.”

Sofia, now 34-years-old continues to surf at an elite level and gives back to her country and community. In 2014 she established Proyecto Sofia Mulanovich supported by Swatch and initiated a youth surf academy to share her professional surf experience and develop talented young people regardless of their social background, helping prepare them for life’s opportunities and challenges. The three-year project offered a full scholarship and a unique opportunity to 12 teenagers aged 10 to 15.

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