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Caroline Marks

Competitive surfing’s young phenom

Surfer Caroline Marks in Greece
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Hi, my name is Caroline Marks. My discipline is surfing. My friends call me Carl. I was born on 14 February 2002 in Boca Raton, Florida. My special talent is riding motocross and fishing. My philosophy of life is live your dreams, never give up, be patient and have fun. The most important person in my life is my whole family. My favourite food is avocado, pizza, poke. My favourite music is anything by Justin Bieber.

Bio

Competitive surfing’s young phenom Caroline Marks is determined to become the best surfer she can be, buoyed by 17 overall national titles and multiple international crowns.

Born in Boca Raton, Florida, and the face of the future for East Coast surfing, Caroline initially followed her two older brothers' lead into the ocean before finding her own path on the competition circuit. Her competitive spirit and drive were awakened after winning her first event, a local neighborhood contest across the street from her house, at age nine.

By 15, her impressive resume included 2016 International Surfing Association Under 16 Champion, 2015 and 2016 Vans US Open Pro Junior Champion, NSSA Open Girls National Champion of 2015 and 2016, member of the SpaceCoast Surfing Hall of Fame and 17 National titles. Caroline also currently holds the record for the youngest female to compete in a World Surf League Championship Tour event.

Forced to sit out the 2015 season with a broken ankle, Caroline's time away from the water afforded her the opportunity to grow mentally to complement her physical prowess. She missed the 2015 International Surf Association Championships as a result, but came back stronger than ever to win the 2016 event, putting the stamp on her full recovery.

For Caroline, surfing is an accurate metaphor for life, in that learning to handle all of the variables Mother Nature throws at her is a necessary skill to possess and nurture as her career progresses. With her sights set on becoming the best female surfer, she is well on her way with an outstanding young career.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. ISA Girls World Champion U16

  2. 2016
    1. Vans US Open Pro Junior Champion

    2. NSSA Open Girls National Champion

    3. Surfing America USA Champion U14 & U16

  3. 2015
    1. Vans US Open Pro Junior Champion

    2. Volcom VQS World Champion

    3. NSSA Open & Explorer Girls National Champion

    4. NSSA Open Women's National Champion