March saw GVAs youngest athlete Tia Blanco compete the Ron Jon Jr event. The Florida tournament was sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and offered points towards qualification for the Junior Pro World Championships. The junior competition was open to surfers who had not reached their 21st birthday.
World Surf League wrote that Tia “put on a fantastic display of power and flow throughout the 25 minute Final”. She finished with a score of 15.07, ahead of second place at 13.43.
"This feels really, really good. I've worked real hard for this," she said afterwards. "It seems like every big event I've gone in, whether it was Amateur or Pro, I've had a mental block keeping me from winning. To finally win at this level is so nice."
"My strategy was really just to focus on my surfing. I didn't want to worry about the other girls too much, just knowing it's up to me to get the scores.”
The win leaves Tia top of the Junior rankings.