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Pro-Surfer Tia Blanco on Life as a Vegan Athlete

Tia Blanco is one of the hottest up-and-coming West Coast surfers. Gold Medalist at the Open Women's World Surfing Championship and a member of the prestigious Surfing America team, Blanco is committed to Surfing America Prime and NSSA events, focused on a national title and maintaining her 4.0 GPA.



Q: Where were you born? Where do you currently live?

A: I was born in Puerto Rico and currently live in San Diego.

Q: What is the hardest part about traveling and being a vegan? What are some tips you have for vegans who travel?

A: Bring some foods from home. I always bring snacks like kale chips, rice crackers, mulberries, and easy meals to cook just in case I have a kitchen. Love pasta, lentils, quinoa, etc.

Q: What were some huge influencers for you becoming vegan?

A: My uncle is a doctor and he was my main influencer in why I am vegan. However, along the way I have found so many influencers that have kept me motivated.

Q: As a badass professional athlete, how do you stay fueled?

A: I like to fuel up with fruits because they are the easiest foods to turn into energy. I love to make banana smoothies before my workouts.

Q: What does a day eating look like for you?

A: This is what I ate yesterday: I enjoyed oatmeal with banana and pomegranates in the morning, homemade chickpea and mushroom burgers, and tofu noodle soup for dinner. Q: What are some of your favorite snacks? A: I love roasted chickpeas, roasted cinnamon almonds, and kale chips.

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