Space Coast Surfing Phenom Caroline Marks Finishes Fourth at Tokyo Olympics, Team USA’s Carissa Moore Takes Gold

By  //  July 27, 2021

Marks falls short of the podium, teammate Carissa Moore takes Gold

Brevard County native Caroline Marks advanced to the semi-final round after scoring 12.50 in heat two of the women’s shortboard quarter-finals. (NBC image)

TOKYO, JAPAN – Melbourne Beach native Caroline Marks finished in fourth place in the Women’s Shortboard at the Tokyo Olympics.

Marks gave a strong effort in Tokyo but struggled to find any swells in the semifinals and medal round.

However, Marks’ Team USA teammate Carissa Moore was the talk of the day around surfing and went on to take the Gold medal in the women’s event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Moore ran away with the gold medal after registering a 14.93 score over South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag 8.46.

Marks represents Team USA of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s surfing event at Tsurigasaki Beach. Carissa Moore, also representing USA and Marks’ teammate, made easy work in her heat by winning her heat with a total score of 14.26 to advance to the semi-finals. Moore totaled the highest score for the women’s semi-finals round. (NBC image)

The 19-year-old Caroline Marks is expected to compete in many more Olympics since this was the first year that surfing was apart of the Summer Olympics.

Marks will have a quick turnaround as her next competition event will be for the Women’s Championship Tour for the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver in Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico. She will compete in Heat 6 in Seeding Round.

The tournament begins August 10 and runs through August 19.

ABOVE VIDEO: By age 16, Caroline Marks’ career was 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. Marks was also the youngest inductee into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame at age 14. (Video aired in 2016)

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