EVENT: Dominic Borona & Chloe Calmon Celebrate With Brazilian Festival Of Surf
The QS 1,000 Neutrox Weekend in Brazil went off like a festival. The sun was hot and the vibes were plenty. The World Surf League commented that “The camaraderie and mutual respect amongst the athletes was noticeable.” Well of course, mermaids are nothing but full of rejoice and respect.
Over the weekend it was Dominic Barona (ECU) who took to the water in an intense final against hometown hero Tainá Hinckel (BRA) – who also got to surf as part of Team Brazil in the Surf Ranch event earlier in the year.
Dominic has had a successful year with 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. The world certainly is her oyster as it was in the three-foot waves on her backhand with the crowd going wild at Praia da Tiririca.
“Wow, it feels like my heart is going to explode here,” she said. “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.
“Every heat I surfed was incredibly difficult. All the girls came into the event with the same ‘I’m gonna win’ mentality. It was great to be in a Final against Tainá. She surfs incredibly well and she’s got a long career ahead of her. By the way, I’d like to thank all of the women surfers from Brazil because they motivate me so much and make me want to surf better. I just feel so stoked to have won this event here,”
Tainá first came to our attention at the 2018 World Juniors at Kiama when she made it through to the semi-finals and this result is her best in the WSL qualifying series, but sure not to be her last.
“This was such an amazing event. I didn’t really have any high expectations coming here, but it feels great to make my first Final. I’m only fifteen, so I don’t feel like I have a lot of pressure on me. I’ve just been having fun and surfing freely. The girls have been very supportive and competing at a place like Itacaré is amazing,” said Tiana.
In the women’s longboard division it was the style queen herself, Chloe Calmon who ticked all the boxes with her dynamic classic and modern combo of moves on the three-foot runners.
All finalists were stoked that recently injured WCT surfer Silvana Lima could be part of the celebration in awarding their trophies and cheques.
The weekend was busting at the seams with activities on the sand including yoga sessions, dancing, educational workshops, skateboarding and longboarding.