- WSL / Kelly Cestari

Tatiana Weston-Webb surfs under the Hawaiian banner, but her Brazilian fans know better. When the striking blonde comes to town, she gets a hometown hero's greeting, which she replies to in perfect Portuguese.

The 2015 Rookie of the Year has roots in Brazil thanks to her mother who was a local bodysurfer. She visits regularly and even has a reality TV show with her boyfriend, QS surfer and Sao Paulo native Jesse Mendes.

Weston-Webb Makes Quarterfinals
Tatiana Weston-Webb vs. Sage Erickson at Postinho.

In her make-or-break heat against Sage Erickson in Round Four of the Oi Rio Women's Pro, this kind of support made all the difference.

As the two girls traded similar scores, Weston-Webb remained composed and relied on her refined beach break skills. When the hooter sounded and she was on the winning end of the scoreboard.

Tatiana Weston-Webb waits for her Round Two heat. Tatiana is feeling quite comfortable in Brazil, which is one reason she's made her way into the Quarterfinals. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

In an interview prior to the contest, Weston-Webb told WSL, "I had a lot of fans there and was shocked. But I want to support them as much as they support me, so now I'm engaging with them more and in that case, I think my fan base there has grown."

Highlights From Oi Rio Pro
Get a glimpse of the aerial acrobatics on display during Saturday's action in Brazil.

Next up, Weston-Webb faces World No. 1 Courtney Conlogue in the Quarterfinals. Tune in at 7 a.m. local time to see if the contest will resume.

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