Caroline Marks is the youngest surfer to qualify for the World Championship Tour. We could leave it there, and you’d still be impressed, but this 18-year-old is also headed to Tokyo next summer for the 2021 Summer Olympics. When Marks first started surfing on her brother’s hand-me-down board, she was just known as ‘Luke’s little sister.’ But several winning titles later, this Florida native had made a name for herself as one of the best up and coming female surfers. Marks recalls knowing that surfing was exactly what she wanted to do with her life after winning at the 2013 under-12 World Championship; from then on focusing all of her energy around the sport.
For Marks, surfing began as a way to impress her brothers. However, today, she’s not only pushing the limits of the sport, but also acting as a huge inspiration for other female athletes. Looking up to the women that came before her in the sport, as well as in other disciplines, Marks hopes to become that figure for the women that will come to surf after her. Also, she’s dying to take Billie Eilish surfing so if anyone’s got a plug on that, it’s a video we’d love to see.