Novaro and Blanco win the 2015 Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro

March 16, 2015 | Surfing
Lucca Novaro: Peruvian style | Photo: Ferguson/WSL

Lucca Mesinas Novaro and Tia Blanco have conquered the 2015 Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro, at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The Peruvian regular-foot pulled out a last minute ride to defeat Kano Igarashi in Junior Men's final. With less than two minutes remaining, Novaro needed an 8.83 wave, and he managed to get a 9.17 pointer to steal the event.

"Right now I am super stoked. This is the second Junior Pro that I have won in my career, but the first for me in North America. I was saying to god to give me one more opportunity to try to get the score. I was super nervous that maybe I wouldn't get the wave, but it came, and I'm so happy to get this win," revealed Lucca Novaro.

"Kanoa did a couple of really good airs in the heat, and I was lucky to get that last wave and do really good turns. I did three backhand turns on that left and the final section I made sure I put a lot into it. It was a good wave.”

In the Junior Women's, Tia Blanco put on a fantastic display of power and flow throughout the 25 minute final and claimed her maiden WSL victory. She was able to get on a roll midway through the heat finding the highest wave score of the final, an 8.67, putting her in front of local favorite Caroline Marks.

"This feels really, really good. I've worked real hard for this. 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," stated Blanco.

"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. That wave that I got the 8.67 on looked like a gem when I was paddling for it. It allowed me to do three turns, and I knew it was going to be a strong score."

Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro 2015 | Men's Final

1st Place: Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) - 15.27 - $2,500.00
2nd Place: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) - 15.00 - $1,500.00
3rd Place: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) - 10.00 - $1,100.00
4th Place: Luke Marks (USA) - 8.33 - $900.00

Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro 2015 | Women's Final

1st Place: Tia Blanco (USA) - 15.07 - $2,000.00
2nd Place: Caroline Marks (USA) - 13.43 - $900.00
3rd Place: Frankie Harrer (USA) - 9.73 - $600.00
4th Place: Meah Collins (USA) - 1.83 - $500.00

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