Tia Blanco isn’t the next big thing — she’s the next massive thing, or the next huge thing, or the next gargantuan thing. She is the next female surfing sweetheart whose name comes to mind every single time the mainstream feels like bringing a female surfing sweetheart to mind. She’s the name that those guys you knew in college (the ones who wore backwards hats with polo shirts) will reference over Bud Lites at Buffalo Wild Wings. She’s the next star.

For proof, see this video Playboy just did on Tia. A publication like that has a reputation for featuring women who exist where charm intersects with stellar looks. Which is nice and all, and we’re glad they chose Tia this time around — but we just hope they realize that she surfs Teahupo’o and will more likely than not be on the WCT within two years.