Just a gal on a surf trip. Video: Justin Jung
Tia Blanco Assuages Her Existential Crisis With Fijian Tubes
A mental health week.
What if you woke up in a room with cascading numbers for wallpaper, and a black man in a black suit with guitar picks for lenses offered you two pills: take the blue one, you'd keep living your current life; take the red one, and you become a pro surfer?
If you make over $60,000 dollars a year and have a relatively stable existence with a car, home, clean bill of health, and maybe a pug named Chuck, smart money says to choose the former. But for those of you who bounce between your parents' basement and part-time lovers' boudoirs, who have no idea what an IRA is, and especially if you define yourself as an influencer of any variety, you're probably going red pill all day.
But what if choosing the red pill meant slogging it on the QS for five, ten, or in the case of Marco Giorgi, 46 years? What if you were constantly on the road, but never on good waves, and always scrounging for cash? Would you still be happy to hop on that next plane? To call yourself pro?
While we doubt the cash part of our reverie pertains to Tia Blanco (she just sold her first condo!), the Puerto Rican's decision to become a pro surfer has indeed taken its toll on her passion for the sport, as evidenced by her new video above.
So Tia did what any goofy-foot should do when facing an existential crisis: she booked the first flight to Fiji and parked herself in playful Cloudbreak funnels.
Faith in surfing, restored.