Who’s Now/Who’s Next: Ten Surfers To Watch In 2011

Cristobal de Col. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Cristobal De Col. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Prime Time Peruvian: Cristobal De Col

Cristobal De Col

Cristobal after a brush with the reef in the Mentawais. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

It’s not coincidence that good waves breed good surfers. For how good the waves are in Peru, with the exception of Sofia Mulanovich, there’s been a relative shortage of Peruvian surfers on the world’s stage. But seventeen-year-old goofy-foot Cristobal De Col is looking to change that.

He’s won everything there is to win in Peru, including recently taking out the Cabo Blanco tuberiding contest. His airs and fin throws are on point, too—the kid is versatile. And despite the lack of industry and high-profile contests in Peru, with shades of Clay Marzo, Cristobal’s mix of smooth style, barrel knowledge, and fin blasts have heads whipping around wherever he surfs.

Even when there’s a firing point nearby, he’s got the discipline to surf crap beachbreaks to work on his game in typical contest slop. “I don’t like it,” he says, “but I need to work on being quicker on short waves.” Cristobal has been ripping for years, but now that he’s getting bigger and stronger look for him to make more that a splash in 2011, it’ll be an explosion.—Casey Koteen


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