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.
A big event awaits the women's field in attendance as whoever wins will claim their first-ever Qualifying Series victory.
After a brief hiatus, Costa Rica is once again part of the WSL Qualifying Series with 1,500 points on the line and a new venue.
After a brief hiatus, Costa Rica is back on the WSL North America schedule with a new location and a new opportunity.