When it comes to professional surfing, San Clemente native, Tia Blanco, is one of the fastest emerging athletes on the west coast. Positive health and fitness choices, combined with her vegan lifestyle, have given her the strength and ambition to succeed as a teenage professional surfer.
Committed to the Surfing America and NSSA competitive circuits, Blanco also makes time for painting, yoga, and academics, mainting a 4.0 GPA at Connections Academy.
Blanco is carving a straight shot path to meet her goal of one day joining the elite top 17 on the WSL Women’s World Tour. Learn more about the goofyfooter’s goals for 2015, her healthy lifestyle choices, and the advice she has for everyone to live a healthier lifestyle this year in the interview below.
What are you looking forward to most in 2015?
Tia Blanco: Traveling and learning more about the world.
Why is it important to have goals?
TB: It is important to dream big and set goals for yourself because it pushes you to become the best person you can be.
What are your goals for 2015 as an athlete?
TB: Win a national title, maintain a 4.0 GPA, travel.
What is eating clean and why is it important?
TB: Eating clean is eating raw foods! Raw foods are very important for your body! Heating foods destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is not good because enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease. Maybe one day I will be fully raw.
Tell us why you chose a vegan lifestyle.
TB: I live a vegan lifestyle for my health, the environment, and for the animals!
Describe your fitness routine.
TB: Today I surfed for two hours and ran 5 miles. I like to mix up my fitness routine! Maybe tomorrow I will surf and practice yoga.
What is the easiest way to stay fit with a busy schedule?
TB: Make fitness goals and keep a log of your diet.
As a pro surfer, what types of challenges do you face and how do you overcome them?
TB: Pressure. There is a lot of pressure traveling and competing. For me, I face challenges with my mental game.
What advice would you give to those who are setting goals to live a healthier lifestyle this year?
TB: Dream big, stay focused, and work hard.
Who inspires you?
TB: Everyone! My family, friends, role models, and all surfers. I admire at least one thing about everyone and everyone inspires me to be the best person I can be.
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