Caroline Marks Wins a Third Title at the Narrabeen Classic

Marks may be the future of surfing with three titles under her belt.

By Ashton Kowalski

The Narrabeen Classic came to an end on Monday, April 26 with Caroline Marks (USA) coming out with her third Championship Tour win for the World Surf League. Marks is the youngest woman to ever qualify for the Championship Tour and has also qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

Marks celebrating her third tour title after defeating Weston-Webb in the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic (SOURCE: Matt Dunbar, World Surf League via Getty Images)

The Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic is a new addition to the tour this year due to Covid-19. Narrabeen is situated just north of Sydney, known for its thick, barrelling, left-handers. Narrabeen was a surfing hotspot in 1974 with the richest surf event in the world at the time. It was the place where surfers such as Kelly Slater paved their way to the top in the early 90’s at events such as the Pro Junior. For about three decades this spot remained a sort of surfing mecca, and its 2021 return holds huge promise for young surfers. 

Marks began surfing around age 11 and was asked to join the tour at 15. Her ability to jump right into the sport has allowed her to grab three tour titles and become one of the first four Americans to qualify for the Olympics—all by the age of 19. Marks is one of six siblings, with four older brothers and one younger sister. Even though her brothers claimed surfing as their thing, once she took off on her first wave she never stopped. Marks’ family support system has been noticeable throughout the years. Her parents travel alongside her and her siblings continue to push her to be a better athlete. 

Narrabeen gave room for Marks to keep conquering. After No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW) fell to No. 3 Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the semi-finals and Marks moved past No. 6 Courtney Conologue (USA), the Marks and Weston-Webb finals made for an entertaining match up. A 7.27 score on the first wave and 5.30 on the second gave Marks a 12.57 overall, beating Weston-Webb’s 6.67 first wave, 4.67 second wave, and final score of 11.34. Her dominant performance secured Marks her third title on Monday.

Marks slicing through the wave at the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic (SOURCE: teamUSA.org)

Marks is claimed to be the “future of surfing” in her documentary That’s Caroline, which is narrated from her oldest brother’s perspective. Watch the short documentary here for an inside scoop and history of how Marks’ career came about. The young surfer has an energetic charisma to her performance that keeps everyone on the edge of their seat. She is entertaining and exciting, and full of hope for what is to come. Marks already sits at No. 2 just behind Moore, and if she keeps going at this rate she has the potential to surpass the veteran surfers in the league with flying colors.  

The tour will continue on in Margaret River, Western Australia with the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro, May 2–May 12.  Margaret River is known for its monstrous waves so this third stop spot will be a highlight of the tour for notable top ranked pros such as Marks, Moore, and Weston-Webb. Follow along the Boost Mobile Pro here.  

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