Tia Blanco represents the new generation of water women. A surfer, social influencer, vegan and yogi; Blanco is one of the faces redefining women’s competitive surfing.
I first stumbled across Blanco through YouTube. It was a video of Blanco in the kitchen whipping up her pre-surf smoothie and discussing veganism. I was impressed – a professional teenage athlete with a plant-based diet and strict exercise regime sharing her lifestyle with the social media world.
The Puerto- Rican shredder is steadily making a name for herself on the WQS tour. Gold Medallist in the 2015 and 2016 ISA, placing 2nd in 2015 and 3rd in 2016 in the USA and with a climbing sum of heat wins this year, Blanco is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with.
“I’ve always been the girl that looks super sweet and smiles all the time, but I get super competitive with people. Growing up I would always beat boys in arm wrestling and they would get so mad and I would fuel off it and get more stronger so I could beat the next boy” Blanco tells Maxim Magazine.
“I just don’t like the whole misconception that boys are better than girls.”
For Blanco, professional surfing means eating well, training hard and getting in the water every day. Never a stranger to a challenge Blanco was surfing Teahpoo at 15 and according to Lex Weinstein, it was a piece of cake. “ [Blanco was] killing it in waves way over her head with the confidence of a surfer with twice the experience”.
“When I’m surfing I feel free, relaxed. The ocean can definitely be scary sometimes so you always have to stay humble to it.” Says Blanco.
With a strong social following and a positive attitude it’s awesome to see that this kind of fearless female is a role model for young women. On her social platforms Blanco answers followers questions and speaks openly and honestly about veganism, surfing and leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about calorie restriction or depriving your body; but rather what you put in, is what you get out.
The world of Tia is not all about skimpy booty biknis and selfies. It’s vegie curries, kick ass green smoothies, beach runs and of course, shredding. As the world of women’s surfing shifts, ripping chicks like Tia are perfect figures in the forefront of the changes.
Blanco tells Hardbody News that one of the biggest challenges as a female in competitive surfing is getting support from brands, “Getting sponsored. There are so many talented surfers now a days with no main sponsor. However, I believe women’s surfing is getting bigger and bigger every day so a lot is going to be changing.”
Watch this space!