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When Carissa Moore arrived in Guna Yala on the east coast of Panama to surf some of the area's undiscovered breaks and meet the locals, she was joined by Panama's own surfing star Malena Toral and young Barbadian Chelsea Tuach.

Here, Carissa Moore shares the limelight with her fellow travellers…
 

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Malena Toral is one of Panama's top female surfers (she was the country's Number Two not long ago) and the first and only Roxy Team representative in her homeland. Here she is waiting for the surf to roll in at San Blas.
  

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Malena doesn't just surf, though. As well as winning national surf titles on a regular basis she's also a famous model and TV presenter in Panama.
  

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Malena and Carissa were joined on their trip into the indigenous Guna Yala territory by Chelsea Tuach, a 16-year-old grommet from Barbados. You might not be familiar with her name right now, but Tuach is one of the brightest prospects in women's surfing.
 

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Chelsea, who followed her siblings into the sport at just eight years old, showed her maturity on the trip, heading into the water with two experienced surfers in Carissa and Malena. But then Chelsea has always showed talent beyond her years. She's the youngest ever surfer to represent Barbados at a world championship and was given a prestigious ISA Surfing scholarship aged just 12.
  

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Malena and Chelsea take a break from the water and watch 2011 ASP world champion Carissa do her thing.
  

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It won't be long till Chelsea Tuach (right) joins Carissa Moore (left) at the pinnacle of the sport. In 2009, aged just 13, she was crowned as the youngest ever Caribbean Ladies' Champion and continues to shine in Rip Curl's Gromsearch series in the US.
 

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Malena and Chelsea splash their way through the surf in Guna Yala. The smiles are only part of the picture, though. These girls are ultra competitive and they would've been out to impress each other during the trip, especially young Chelsea, who's best performance so far is finishing ninth at the ISA's World Junior Surfing Championships in Peru in May 2011.

With Carissa determined to wrest back her world title in 2013 and Malena and Chelsea both making waves of their own, we can expect to see much more of these girls.

  
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