Cabezon, Chato, Cholo or Peru

Gabriel Villaran

Surf is a lifestyle that opens your mind...

Gabriel Villaran bottom turning at solid Haleiwa during the reef Hawaiian Pro, Hawaii.
© Corey Wilson

Hi, my name is Gabriel Villaran. My discipline is Surfing Big Wave. My friends call me Cabezon, Chato, Cholo or Peru. I was born on 11 July 1984 in Lima, Peru. My special talent is dropping big waves. My philosophy of life is go natural. The most important person in my life is brother, mum and girlfriend. My favourite food is Ceviche. My favourite music is reggae.

Bio

Yes, there is surfing magic in Peru, and it's 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 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?

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. 2nd Place: Quiksilver Pico Alto Classic – Big Wave

      Pico Alto, Punta Hermosa, Peru

  2. 2013
    1. 3rd Place: BWWT - Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic

      Lincoln City, Oregon, USA

  3. 2010
    1. 2nd Place: Quiksilver Pichilemu Big Wave Championship

      Pichilemu, Chile

  4. 2009
    1. 3rd Place: 2STR WQS Lima

      San Bartolo, Lima

    2. 1st Place: 3STR WQS Chile

      Arica, Chile

    3. 3rd Place: ISA Billabong World Surfing Games

      Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  5. 2008
    1. 2nd Place: 3STR WQS Mexico

      Puerto Escondido, Mexico