VIDEO: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Caroline Marks’ Career Already Stuff of Surfing Legend
By Maria Sonnenberg // January 13, 2019
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
ABOVE VIDEO: Sixteen-year old Caroline Marks’ career is already the stuff of surfing legends. At 11, this goofy-footed ‘tween was the youngest girl to make the USA Surf Team. She is also the youngest female ever to surf in a World Surfing League Women’s Pro event. (Video aired in 2016)
2016 AMATEUR INDUCTEE
• Volcom VQS World Champion
• NSSA Open National Champion
• 11 National Titles In Three Years
When asked what her favorite book is, Caroline Marks doesn’t hesitate with her answer.
“The Bible,” said the then-14-year-old surfing wunderkind from Melbourne Beach.
Her faith and her family come first to Caroline, and this well-grounded attitude, coupled with an incredible surfeit of innate talent, has enabled this young surfer to earn serious accolades from the surfing community well before she can even drive.
2015 was an excellent year for Caroline, who was named the Volcom VQS World Champion, NSSA Open Girls National Champion, the NSSA Explorer Girls National Champion, NSSA Open Women’s National Champion and the Surfing America USA Champion.
Adult surfers would feel extremely blessed if they could claim just a portion of what this young woman has already accomplished.
The year 2014 also brimmed with kudos for Caroline. “Surfing” magazine named her #11 in the “Hot 100” list.
She was the 2014 RipCurl Grom Search National Champion and earned a trifecta as Surfing America USA Champion under 16, Surfing America USA Champion under 14 and Surfing America USA Champion under 12.
In one year, she has traveled the word, from Indonesia and Bali to Australia and Brazil, chasing waves and winning competitions.
Caroline’s career is the stuff of surfing legends. At 11, this goofy-footed ‘tween was the youngest girl to make the USA Surf Team. She is also the youngest female ever to surf in a World Surfing League Women’s Pro event.
When she was 12, Caroline tied surfing world darling Carissa Moore’s record as the youngest NSSA Open Women’s Champion. She was the youngest ever to win the Vans U.S. Open Championships with her Pro Junior Title.
Her ability enabled her to gain a wildcard spot in the Swatch Women’s Pro, making her the youngest wildcard in World Surf League history. Overall career highlights include 11 national titles in three years.
ART IN MOTION
Watching Caroline gracefully ride a perfect wave from start to finish is seeing art in motion. Not only is she amazing on the water, but back on land she is also humble and sweet, and as passionate about her large family as she is about her favorite sport.
Big brother, Luke, by the way, is a fantastic, nationally-ranked surfer who introduced Caroline to surfing.
Although she divides her time between the training waves at San Clemente, California, and the home surf of Melbourne Beach, Caroline is often out on the road, traveling the circuit of the big waves.
In the next two years, Caroline is well poised to polish off her amateur career and qualify for the World Tour.
“I want to bring a world title back to the East Coast,” she said.
She is on the road every other month with her parents or her coach, but no matter how many frequent flier miles she may accumulate, Caroline can’t wait to come back home again and hit the beaches of the Space Coast, particularly along her homebreak at Sebastian Inlet.
“Nothing beats a good swell in Florida,” she said.
THE 2019 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 10 with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. – and dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m.
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