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SportTeenager Caroline Marks wins 1st World Surf League title

12:45  08 april  2019
12:45  08 april  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Over the course of a 30-minute heat, Caroline Marks went from an exuberant, super-stoked teenager to a full-on World Title threat. The 17-year-old, 2018 Rookie of the Year paddled out for her quarterfinal heat against 7x reigning World Champ Stephanie Gilmore.

Teenager Caroline Marks wins 1st World Surf League title© 2019 Getty Images DURANBAH BEACH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Caroline Marks of the USA surfs the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast Final against Carissa Moore at Duranbah Beach on April 08, 2019 in Duranbah Beach, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Florida teenager Caroline Marks claimed her first title in the World Surf League Monday, sustaining the form from an earlier defeat of world No. 1 Stephanie Gilmore on her home break to win Monday's final over Hawaii's Carissa Moore.

The youngest competitor on the world tour at 17, Marks beat three-time world champion Moore by 13.83 points to 11.67 in tricky conditions in the final to clinch the Boost Mobile Pro on the Durandbah Beach break.

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With seven World Titles under her belt, will Gold Coast legend Steph Gilmore have what it takes to win another Title ? Carissa Moore vs. Courtney Conlogue, Stephanie Gilmore vs. Caroline Marks and Tyler Wright vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb.

Caroline Marks is youngest surfer ever to qualify for the women’s Championship Tour. She beat the previous record held by Tyler Wright when she They pushed her to surf harder, faster, stronger, and as tough as it was at times, she credits them for her grittiness, determination and the diversity of her

Rookie of the Year last year after finishing seventh in the World Series, Marks became the first woman to benefit from the WSL's new policy of equal prize money for men and women.

Marks also took a major step towards qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and may be marked for further success. Almost half of the season's first-up winners on the Gold Coast have gone on to claim the world championship.

''I just have so much adrenaline,'' Marks said. ''I've looked up to these girls my whole life and still do, they're just my heroes.

''It's incredible. Oh frick, I didn't know it would happen this fast. I'm just so psyched.''

Marks, who beat Gilmore in Saturday's quarter-finials, is the middle child of six siblings whose first love was horse riding before she was encouraged by a brother to take up surfing.

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In 2017 the World Surf League (WSL) witnessed history as Caroline Marks qualified for the Championship Tour (CT) at just 15. Now, at age 16, Marks has two major Qualifying Series (QS) wins under her belt in 2018 and leads the QS rankings with a dominant 16

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''Being around older people, a bunch of older brothers and their expectations of me were so high,'' she said. ''If I wasn't surfing like the boys they'd give me such a hard time. I just learned I had to be super good at a young age.

''After I won, the first person I hugged was my brother because I wouldn't surf if it wasn't for him.''

The Quicksilver Pro men's event and women's Boost Mobile Pro are the first elite events offering equal prizemoney for men and women. The top 10-ranked men and eight highest-ranked women on the 2019 WSL tour will be among those qualifying for the Tokyo Games.

Brazil's Italo Ferreira executed a brilliant 360 on a late wave to win the men's event, denying American Kolohe Andino a maiden win in his eighth year on the circuit.

Andino had controlled the final, leading by 6.93 points until Ferreira executed a clean 360 which earned 7.07 points and gave him a narrow win.

The 24-year-old Ferreira finished with 12.57 points to Andino's 12.43, celebrating his win with a trademark backflip from the stage after the trophy presentation.

''I tried to catch a lot of waves,'' Ferreira said. ''(I) knew it was my last chance, thought, `Let's do it, one shot,' then boom.''

Andino, 25, said he would turn his disappointment into motivation for the next leg of the series.

''It's a super bummer I wasn't getting chaired out,'' he said. ''But it's a long year, great result and hopefully I can win one soon.

''I was two minutes away from winning that one. It's all the Lord's plan I guess.''

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