Women’s competitive surfing is fascinating. The QS 1,000 Neutrox Weekend seemed more like a celebration than a contest. The camaraderie and mutual respect amongst the athletes was noticeable. And as the sport continues to grow in popularity year after year, fans flocked to the beach to see all that talent, style, creativity and finesse on display to witness Dominic Barona (ECU) defeat Tainá Hinckel (BRA) at the QS 1,000 Neutrox Weekend at Praia da Tiririca in Itacaré, Brazil.
Barona has been on a torrid pace, stringing together a series of successful events with victories in Brazil, Argentina and Peru. She’s also had two runner-up results in Chile and South Africa. Without a doubt, she has been a force to be reckoned with and came to the competition in Itacaré as one of the favorites to reach the winner’s podium. Despite it being her first time to Itacaré, she looked right at home as she attacked the 3-foot waves on her backside in front of an exuberant crowd at Praia da Tiririca.
“Wow, it feels like my heart is going to explode here,” said the always cheerful Ecuadorian. “I want to thank everyone that supported me throughout the event and all the locals that were kind enough to let us surf these great waves.”
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