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Chelsea Tuach (left) won the Women’s Junior Pro event in Cocoa Beach.
Chelsea Tuach (left) won the Women’s Junior Pro event in Cocoa Beach.

Surfer Chelsea Tuach has apparently fallen in love with Cocoa Beach.

On Saturday she was once again in dominant mood when she captured the Ron Jon Roxy Junior Pro event at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Brevard County.

“I have the greatest memories of Cocoa Beach, I love coming here,” Tuach said after winning the title and getting doused with a bit of Coca-Cola.

“The waves are small, but I really like the waves, they are really punchy and I can show my skill level out there,” Tuach told reporters.

She also took a “secret weapon” with her.

Last year she won a Roxy Pro event in Cocoa Beach and she took the same board this time.

“It’s Old Faithful,” Tuach said. “I had put it down after that and just picked it up again recently.”

She rode the board to a dominating win in the finals, putting up a final score of 13.54 to win $1,500.

Hawaiian surfer Tia Blanco, who had a big semifinal heat win followed that up with the second place finish, edging out Satellite Beach’s Nikki Viesins – 7.70 to 7.66.

Viesins snuck into the finals, using a last second wave to take the second spot in her semifinal.

In the final five seconds, Viesins sprung onto her board, catching a wave that she made a couple of nice turns on, including one off the lip to score a 5 and get her into the final.

In the final, Viesins had two 3.83 waves, but could not come up with the big one to get her in the hunt for the win.

Still, she left with $750.

Another Hawaiian, Dax McGill finished in fourth, winning $650.

But the day belonged to Tuach, who opened the final with a 6.67 and she was off.

“I really like these waves and so I came into this event with a lot of confidence,” said Tuach, who has also won the NKF Easter Surf Fest twice in Cocoa Beach. “It’s like I know these waves and can enjoy them and enjoy myself.”

She can also now enjoy her first Junior Pro victory. (Florida Today)

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