Currently in her third full season on the Championship Tour and sitting fifth on the WSL Leaderboard, Caroline Marks has already made her presence felt amongst the world's most elite surfers, but it would appear that she's just getting started.
Marks and sponsor Red Bull have just released a new documentary film, "That's Caroline," which tells the story of her rise through the junior ranks, what shaped her competitive drive and what her experience on the CT has been like.
"My main hope with the movie and in life is to inspire people and show everyone that if you put your mind to something, it's incredible what you can achieve," Marks explains.
Still only 19 years old, Marks began her journey in surfing as a 10-year-old in Melbourne Beach, Florida. By the time she was a teenager she'd turned pro and was already turning heads, winning national titles and a slew of junior events. She qualified for the Championship Tour when she was only 15, the youngest surfer to ever achieve the feat. Taking no time to get adjusted to Tour life, in 2018 Marks earned Rookie Of The Year honors.
Continuing her upward trajectory, in 2019, Marks finished the CT season ranked second in the world and surfed her way a spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic surf team alongside four-time World Champion Carissa Moore, two-time World Champ John John Florence and California star Kolohe Andino. After the Olympic Games were postponed in 2020, we now find ourselves less than 100 days out from surfing's Olympic debut this summer.
Marks earned a ninth-place finish at the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline, and most recently, came up with a third-place result at the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona. When the Championship Tour resumes with the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona she will have her hands full, facing off against two-time World Champ Tyler Wright and Macy Callaghan in the opening Seeding Round.
Watch the film on Red Bull TV.