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 Mondays final over Hawaiis 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.
Rookie of the Year last year after finishing seventh in the World Series, Marks became the first woman to benefit from the WSLs 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 seasons first-up winners on the Gold Coast have gone on to claim the world championship.
“I just have so much adrenaline,” Marks said. “Ive looked up to these girls my whole life and still do, theyre just my heroes.
“Its incredible. Oh frick, I didnt know it would happen this fast. Im just so psyched.”
Marks, who beat Gilmore in Saturdays 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.
“Being around older people, a bunch of older brothers and their expectations of me were so high,” she said. “If I wasnt surfing like the boys theyd 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 wouldnt surf if it wasnt for him.”
The Quicksilver Pro mens event and womens 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.
Brazils Italo Ferreira executed a brilliant 360 on a late wave to win the mens 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.
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