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Teenager Marks hits surfing’s heights with Gold Coast victory

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By ITN News Editor April 9, 2019 11:37

Teenager Marks hits surfing’s heights with Gold Coast victory

American teenager Caroline Marks became the first woman to earn the same prize money as the men’s champion at a World Surf League event after she won her maiden title at the season-opener on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The 17-year-old pocketed $100,000 after she scored 13.83 to beat three-times world champion Carissa Moore, who could only muster 11.67 points in her best two-wave total in tricky conditions at Duranbah Beach in Queensland. Surfing has been included for the first time at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and the WSL said last September they would introduce equal prize money this year and also ramp up their marketing of the women’s events and athletes. Marks also beat seven-times world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the quarter-finals.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 9, 2019 11:37

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