Melbourne Beach’s Caroline Marks Goes Big at World Surf League Corona Bali Protected
By Andrew Nichols, WSL Media Manager // May 31, 2018
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAMER
Melbourne Beach’s Caroline Marks, 16, won her Round 1 heat at the Corona Bali Protected on Wednesday, Stop No. 5 of the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour and is into elimination Round 3.
Heat 2 of Round 1 was a battle of the goofy-foots with Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) taking on 2017 CT Rookie of the year Bronte Macaulay and 2018 CT Rookie Caroline Marks (USA).
Macaulay got an early start and looked super solid, going vertical in the critical section of the wave but struggled to find a long wall to back it up, similarly to Weston-Webb.
The strong wave selection went to Marks who has only surfed Keramas for the first time this week. The 16-year-old, who is quickly making a name for herself among the top competitors in the sport, won the heat with a 16.00 point heat total.
“The waves are so good right — it’s so much fun,” Marks said.
“I love surfing my backhand so getting good right-handers is perfect more me — I’m stoked. I feel more confident when I catch lost of waves and build on each score so I just went out and kept busy. Tatiana (Weston-Webb) and Bronte (Macaulay) are so good I knew I had to get the best waves so getting that first wave put me in a good rhythm.
“It was one of those heats where everything just worked out for me. My Coach Luke Egan is really knowledgeable about this wave so has a lot of good tips for me on what waves to go for which really helps, I really trust his judgment here and am happy to have him in my corner.”
CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS