This steely-eyed Brazilian-born, Hawaiian-raised goofy-footer is fiery, strong, courageous and confident. She’s been an intimidating force on the women’s Championship Tour since her full-time arrival in 2015 and has now provisionally qualified to represent Brazil at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Her competitive drive comes from her Brazilian mother, a former professional bodyboarder who won an event at Pipeline in the 90s. Her passion comes from dad, a hardcore surfer from Kauai. Days after she was born in Brazil, mom moved her to Garden Isle so she could have dual citizenship, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Kauai’s hotbed of talent was making a huge push on the global stage, led by Andy and Bruce Irons, and Tatiana was one of the dozens of stoked grommets riding the surge.
Her father routinely paddled her out at big Hanalei Bay when she was young, which is why she’s one of the most confident surfers on Tour in waves of consequence, and when Hollywood needed a stunt double to play young Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer, 11-year-old Tatiana was the perfect fit. She spent three weeks on Oahu shooting and hanging with her friend and hero.
On her way to the Championship Tour, she won back-to-back ISA World Junior Championships in 2013 and 2014. Her high-energy approach is a direct reflection of her personality, void of any timidity, and equally dangerous at ten-foot Cloudbreak as it is at three-foot Huntington Beach.
In 2016 she nabbed her first CT win at the Vans US Open of Surfing and in 2017 she made back-to-back finals in Fiji and HB. In 2018, she climbed from 10th to 4th place on the Jeep Leaderboard finishing second at Bells and Uluwatu, her career-best finish. In 2019 she was consistent, if not spectacular, and finished as the World No. 6.
Having decided to compete under the Brazilian flag since 2018 that result meant she would represent her mother’s country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Women's CT 2019#6
Avg. heat score12.05
|Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast||5th||4,745||Malia Manuel|
|Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach||9th||2,610||Brisa Hennessy|
|Corona Bali Protected||9th||2,610||Nikki Van Dijk|
|Margaret River Pro||2nd||7,800||Lakey Peterson|
|Oi Rio Pro||5th||4,745||Carissa Moore|
|Corona Open J-Bay||9th||2,610||Johanne Defay|
|Freshwater Pro||5th||4,745||Carissa Moore|
|Roxy Pro France||5th||4,745||Carissa Moore|
|MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal||3rd||6,085||Caroline Marks|
|lululemon Maui Pro||3rd||6,085||Tyler Wright|
|Year||Rank||Points||Events||Heats||Max heat score||Best result|
First season2009 Women's QS
Age23 May 9, 1996
Height5 ft, 4 in 162 cm
Weight127 lbs 58 kg