Tia Blanco was born to carve.
The stunning Puerto Rican beauty has been riding waves practically since she could stand on a surfboard. Now 21, Blanco has risen to the top of the sport and earned a gold medal at the ISA World Surfing Championship along the way. Watch her in action below:
Beyond professional surfing, she's amassed an impressive Instagram following by posting an eye-popping mix of yoga pics, bikini shots and of photos homemade vegan meals that actually look pretty damn delicious.
We caught up with Tia and asked where to catch the perfect wave, how to catch her eye, and what she looks for in a man.
How long have you been surfing?
I have been surfing since I was 3. My dad loves to surf so he got me started in the water very early on.
What's your favorite place in the world to catch a wave?
Tahiti is one of the most beautiful places on the planet to surf! The water is crystal clear and the waves are so perfect.
What's your secret to taking the perfect Instagram beach photo?
Feeling good about yourself and confident as you are taking the photos! Your emotions and thoughts of how you feel are going to show in the photos.
How do you unwind after a day on the water?
Cook a healthy meal. put a face mask on and start a Netflix series on my TCL TV.
What are you binge watching on Netflix right now?
Nothing at the moment, actually! I am in Europe competing in a surf contest, but I’m sure I will find something catchy to watch when I’m home. Maybe I will watch Fariña since I was just in Galicia, Spain.
Do you play video games?
Ha, I wouldn’t call myself a gamer, but I have played Fortnite a few times and it’s actually pretty fun.
And freakishly addictive! Describe your ideal date night out.
A night where I can dress up cute and go out somewhere nice. I never really get to dress up so it is always super fun for me!
What about your perfect date night?
A homemade cooked meal with beautiful flowers and vanilla candles!
Noted. What's the worst pickup line you've ever heard?
“I seemed to have lost my number, any chance I could have yours?”
Swing and a miss! How can a man best catch your attention?
I like green eyes!
What qualities do you look for in a man?
Confidence and passion.
When do you feel sexiest?
When I am confident in who I am!
That follows. Any guilty pleasures?
That's not so guilty. Any final words for your fans?