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Teenager Marks hits surfing's heights with Gold Coast victory

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Published 2 weeks ago - Duration: 01:57s

Teenager Marks hits surfing's heights with Gold Coast victory

Caroline Marks wins her first World Surf League event at the age of 17 and heads the world rankings.

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Teenager Marks hits surfing's heights with Gold Coast victory

SHOWS: COOLANGATTA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 8, 2019) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1.

WOMEN'S WINNER CAROLINE MARKS SURFING (THREE CLIPS) 2.

MARKS CELEBRATING HER VICTORY AFTER THE RESULT IS ANNOUNCED 3.

MARKS CELEBRATING AS SHE IS CARRIED BY THE CROWD UP THE BEACH 4.

MARKS CELEBRATING 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SURFER CAROLINE MARKS SAYING: "I don't know what to say, I'm really emotional right now, I can't believe it." 6.

MARKS WITH HER TROPHY 7.

MEN'S WINNER ITALO FERREIRA SURFING (THREE CLIPS) 8.

FERREIRA CROWD SURFING TO CELEBRATE HIS VICTORY 9.

FERREIRA WITH HIS TROPHY STORY: 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 on Monday (April 8) 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.

In the men's event, Brazil's Italo Ferreira produced a brilliant late ride to score 7.07 points on his 10th wave and end with a combined score of 12.57.

He finished ahead of American Kolohe Andino, who tallied 12.43 points.

The next stop on the tour is at Bell's Beach near Melbourne, next week.

(Production: Jim Hatley)

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