Sofia Mulanovich

North Shore, 2004

Some people have no desire to see women in the water, but I'm so wrapped up in what I'm doing,  I'm too clueless to tell how they're feeling.

“The SURFER Interview with Sofia Mulanovich,” by Chris Mauro, ran in the March 2005 issue. Mulanovich, 21, had just won her first and only pro tour world championship.

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Take us through the final moments before you clinched at Haleiwa. What was going through your mind?

For me to win the title at Haleiwa [the next-to-last stop on the schedule], first Rochelle Ballard had to lose early on. She ended up going out in the quarterfinals, and I knew I’d have to make the finals to have a shot...