Putting the sizzle in surfing, Tia Blanco’s career is cooking. Raised on the peak at Lower Trestles, she’s turning a lot of heads as of late. 2016 brought Tia a second place finish at the Shoe City Pro in Huntington Beach and a 5th at the last QS 3,000 event of the year in AUS. 2017 started with a bang, a third at the Shoe City Pro followed by a 9th at a QS 3,000 and later a 9th at a QS 1,500. Her competitive resume is strong, but it’s her free surfing performances where she’s really shining. Graceful and fluid in the water, she’s taking progressive new school surfing and putting a feminine flourish on it.
Easy going and compassionate, while her focus is surfing to her full potential, away from the beach she hopes to someday be an advocate for people with disabilities. When asked about life after competitive surfing she surmises, “I would also like to teach physically and mentally challenged kids how to surf. And in the long run I would like to have a career in the surfing industry making my own line of clothes and bathing suits.”
Tia is also an advocate for animals and the environment, choosing a vegan lifestyle to thwart animal cruelty and avoid taxing Mother Earth with the burden of providing beef for human consumption.
With seemingly unlimited potential and motivation, along with a smile that lights up a room, expect to see a lot of Tia Blanco in the years to come.