The 16-year-old defied the odds and took down two of the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro's top performers en route to her win.
The sun finally broke through and provided beautiful weather as waves continued to pour in for a critical day of competition.
Sporadic rainfall continued at the Essential Costa Rica Surf Pro, but it only helped as top seeds debuted phenomenally.
An array of emerging, and also reemerging, Qualifying Series talents took over Playa Jaco on opening day.
The women are back in Costa Rica alongside the men to contest for valuable, momentum shifting Qualifying Series points.
The Brazilian clinched 3,000 points and her first major victory of 2016 over Pauline Ado -- and moving her to No. 4 on the QS rankings.
Top seeds debuted, and dominated, on the shores of Esterillos Este with powerful performances throughout the day.
The Essential Costa Rica Open Pro Women's QS3,000 event ripped into action and laid the foundation of what could be a pivotal event in