CA - Pro Surfer Tia Blanco Is Staying Busy At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Tia Blanco isn’t used to being out of the ocean. The 22-year-old professional surfer can only recall one time she hasn’t surfed this long since she was 10—she was in New York City for a week for her sister’s graduation from New York University in 2016.
Blanco is abiding by the stay-at-home order issued on March 19 by California governor Gavin Newsom instructing the state’s 40 million residents to do just that, except for essential purposes, in an effort to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation and world.
“Basically I’ve been mind surfing for the most part,” Blanco said. “I think I’m going to be OK with it. I’m not freaking out at this point. Surfing is one of those things where absence makes the heart grow fonder.
“I don’t want to put myself at risk or put anyone else at risk. It’s smart to play it safe.”