EVENT: Caroline Marks Takes Out 2018 Los Cabos Open To Gain Lead In Qualifying Series
EVENT // 2018 LOS CABOS OPEN
Caroline Marks Dominates & Is Ready For Early Requalification
This year 16-year-old Caroline Marks made history by being the youngest ever qualifier for the World Surf League Championship Tour (CT). She moved comfortably through the opening events of the year to make her mark and show that despite being the youngest, she was for sure, one of the most talented surfers in the world.
After the completion of the Uluwatu event last week, Caroline is sitting in the seventh position on the CT just behind two-time world champ Carissa Moore and one place ahead of Sally Fitzgibbons. It’s a solid spot to be heading into the halfway mark of the competitive year. But the news just gets better for the Californian. The weekend’s Los Cabos Open win has also moved her into the lead of the Qualifying Series leaderboard after a total of 6,000 points were awarded to her.
Conditions for the final day were offshore and in the two-to-three foot range for the women. The list of competitors included many of the CT roster as well as the top runners looking to qualify in 2019. Caroline took them all down on her way to the finals, including the event’s defending champ Tatiana Weston-Webb in the all goofy-foot final.
“I’m beyond excited to win this one, it’s always been one of my favourite events that I’ve come to for the last few years,” Caroline said to the WSL after her win. “We probably had the best waves ever this year, it was nuts and everyone was ripping this whole time. It’s amazing to have my mom and brother here, it’s Father’s Day, I’m just so stoked. It’s an incredible feeling and winning is really hard at these events so when you do, you have to enjoy it.”
The goofy-footer completed a near-perfect wave scoring a 9.43 (out of a possible 10) from the judges and combined that with a second high scoring wave to finish with a total heat score of 17.06 (out of a possible 20) to take the lead from Weston-Webb at the ten-minute mark.
“It feels really good to be in the position I’m in on the rankings,” Caroline said. “This is the best year of my life and I’m just really enjoying it. Every stop I’ve been to this year has had amazing waves and I’m so fortunate to be on Tour with all those girls surf so well, and work so hard. It really pushes me to my best. This year I’ve just wanted focus on bettering my surfing, not worrying about results, and I’ve ended up with the best results in my life.”
The Los Cabos Open wraps up after a week of competition including the Pro Junior event that was taken out by Kirra Pinkerton. See full results HERE.