By Luke Kenton
This teenage girl has entered the record books at just 15-years-old, after becoming the youngest ever rookie to win at the World Surfing League Championships.
96 women from all over America flocked to Melbourne, Florida, to compete in the annual surfing competition, beginning on January 18 and lasting until the 24th.
But none of them, however, envisaged being beaten by a 15-year-old girl.
Born and raised in the local area, Caroline Marks pipped her near-century of opponents to an $11,000 prize-fund, winning over the judges with her sensational surf-skills and her fun, charming, laid-back style.
Tipped to be the world’s newest surfing phenomenon by those in the surfing industry, Marks has amassed a cult following of 30,000 followers on Instagram and will be taking part in the first ever Woman’s Surfing League Championship, on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Delighted with her unprecedented victory, Caroline said: “It didn’t even expect to get on the tour, but now that I’m here, I really feel like I belong.
“This is the highest level of surfing there is, and it’s exactly where I want to be.
“I’m super young, but I want to be the best surfer in the world.
“It’s definitely going to take a few years, but starting young will allow me to get better a lot quicker.
“I’m so excited – I’m over the moon.”