Yes, there is surfing magic in Peru, and its name is Gabriel Villarán. Braves? Check. Contest results? Check. Here's a collection of moments that don't define, but are very important to know about, Mr Villarán.
In 2008 he was the Peruvian National Champ. He scooped second at the Puerto Escondido 'QS event in the same year, as well as Best Tube in the Cabo Blanco Billabong Tube Riders event. In 2009, Gabriel came third at the ISA World Surfing Games, Costa Rica. Since then, he's won a 'QS event in Chile, taken second at the Quiksilver Pichilemu Big Wave Champs, and a whole lot more.
Gabriel is as friendly on land as he is aggressive in the water, and has one of the best barrel styles you'll likely see in this age. He's not all about competition, either – Gabriel recently trekked to a wave in the Vilcanoto river in The Andes. You want adventure?Read more