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Youngest ever WSL Tour female surfer shines after Oahu spell with Moore.
Caroline Marks has already drawn upon off-season training with three-time World Surf League champion Carissa Moore to shine as the Championship Tour’s youngest ever female. Here is all you need to know:
– The Florida native was invited by fellow American Moore to Oahu in Hawaii to chase waves up and down the island appropriately nicknamed “The Gathering Place”.
– After visiting the North Shore, the 16-year-old revealed: “Carissa is amazing. She pushed the progression of women’s surfing to get it to where it is today. Ever since I started surfing Carissa has always been that one person that I wanted to be like and to surf like.”
– Caroline originally competed as a child Texas barrel racer on a horse before switching to surfing after seeing her father and brothers surf on Melbourne Beach.
– Marks has since picked up several International Surfing Association U16, Vans US Open Pro Junior and NSSA Open Girls National titles before becoming the youngest ever WSL Tour qualifier at the age of 15.
– Marks, coached by Mike Parsons, has already climbed into the top five in the 2018 WSL Championship Tour standings after a stellar third place at Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bell’s Beach in April.
– She said: “My goal is to win a world title. However long it takes me to get there I am willing to work for it.”
– Moore became the youngest winner of a Triple Crown of Surfing event herself at 16 when she won the 2008 Reef Hawaiian Pro and was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame back in 2014.
– Moore said: “It is crazy. I think it is going to be a lot of fun to have her on tour. I think she will be fine and do great. For how young she is, she has great transitions. I love how fluid she is. My best advice to Caroline is to just keep doing what you’ve been doing because it’s been working.”
– The Honolulu-born surfer, who is the youngest WSL Tour title winner ever, currently lies third in the 2018 standings after three fifth places in a bid to make it four WSL titles following 2011, 2013 and 2015 victories.