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Caroline Marks

Caroline grew up in Melbourne Beach, Florida where she learned to surf with her brothers when she was 8 years old. In 2014 she made the move to split her time between Florida and California, making the most of San Clemente’s World class waves and year-round surf, helping to improve her technique.

As the youngest surfer selected for the USA National Team, the youngest NSSA Open Women’s Champion and the youngest wildcard competitor in history to score a spot in the 2015 Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles, it’s easy to understand why Caroline Marks has been dubbed the next World Champion.

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It's official! 15 year old Caroline Marks from Melbourne Beach, Florida, has qualified for the 2018 Women's World Championship Tour and we couldn't be more excited!

After a run of great results on the QS and with no expectations on herself, Caroline has made history as the youngest woman to qualify and will hit the ground running as the lone rookie on next years schedule.

We caught up with Steph Gilmore and Bianca Buitendag to get their insights on what it takes to compete at an elite level and how Caroline might shake things up for her fellow competitors next year.


Congratulations Caroline! We can't wait to see what 2018 will bring!

This time next week, we’ll be back in championship tour mode, patiently waiting for the World Surf League dawn patrol to call on the first heats of the #ROXYpro Gold Coast 2017.

Until then, we scrolled back through the gram and found a few of our favorite posts to give you an idea of the fun that is about to unfold...

Our Favorite Moments from the #ROXYpro 2016


My view for the next two weeks @roxy #ROXYpro

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When they just get you #3Amigos #RoxyXSummersite @roxy @summersite @tim_swallow_photo @lagoon_collective

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South Wall | Ballina | Shark Town for #RoxyXSummersite @Roxy #3Amigos

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Clearest water ever #ROXYpro Photo: @caitmiersphotography @roxy

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Pre heat moment...Just a lil' excited

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That moment when the @roxy crew paddles out and it's automatically an instant crowd loving my time here at the #RoxyPro

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Happiness with my 3 Amigos @Roxy

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All smiles with @stephaniegilmore today Such a pleasure sharing a laugh in the sea with this chica for @roxy #ROXYsurf

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Where the water was warm, we wore matching bikinis, And not one moment was spared separated #3amigos// PC: @samseaz

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Mornings with @caitmiersphotography #POPsurf

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Just wanna give a shoutout to the ocean in Rainbow Bay for acting like a pool. @caitmiersphotography

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PIVOT @roxy #RoxyPro

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The Goldie is so sweet @roxy

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The paddle out to surf Snapper @roxy @tonicshop #roxypro. : @caitmiersphotography

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We party @summersite @roxy #3Amigos #RoxyxSummerSite

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Can you believe that, this time last week, we were crowning a new World Champ and a #ROXYpro France winner!? Although our time with the ROXY surf team has wrapped for another year, there were some incredible moments captured, and chances are you double tapped on few of Cait Miers’, beautiful shots that we posted on insta.

Between surf sessions, the highs and lows of the #ROXYpro and a croissant or five, we caught up with Cait to discover what stories were hiding behind her favorite shots from our time on the Landes Coast, and we weren’t disappointed...


A spontaneous decision for a last minute surf before the sun went down turned into the session of the week! LeeAnn was firing, her elegant style combined with the backdrop of the most incredible sunset had me jumping up and down from the beach.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I’d seen this wall on Pinterest photos before and didn’t even realise it was in Hossegor! As soon as I found out, we rounded up the girls and went to explore! The girls were so excited to be all together in Hossegor, the dancing speaks for itself.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph had a really cute outfit on one night as we were tucking into a few vinos, so I pulled her aside for a few sneaky portraits in front of the pool. We laughed the entire time.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Out of the corner of my eye I caught Bianca warming up for her Round 1 Heat. I ran over and grabbed a few snaps, fascinated by her focus.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Steph was about to run into the water for her Quarter Final match up. She had her eyes on the ocean and was super focused. There were a crowd of young french girls taking photos and giggling around her, and steph looked over and couldn't resist giving them a cheeky grin.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


That smile says it all (or does it, it was freezing!) but despite the fact she was cold, Mainei still managed a smile and a laugh, one that is infectious.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Jam sesh’s were a regular occurrence in the ROXY house on this trip! It was rad to watch these two jam away in their own little worlds, playing anything their heart desired.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I love this little pocket rocket! Sierra is always up and ready for a surf, always the first one in the water!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


We checked out Biarritz one day and I really loved this place. The girls were running around going bananas, too much sugar perhaps? It was a lot of fun seeing what they got up to.

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


I just loved seeing how genuine and natural these girls are. They’re all such good friends and I think you can see it on their faces that they’re stoked to be around each other!

Cait Miers’ Top 10 Moments From the #ROXYpro France


Lay days are made for adventures, and today was no exception. With the swell struggling to build for the final rounds of the #ROXYpro France, we packed the car, hit the highway and headed to Biarritz for a day of wandering the coastline and sampling some of our favorite French treats.

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

With a quick stop at ROXY Headquarters for some retail therapy, Caroline, Bronte, Bianca and Mainei were then pounding the cobblestone pavement under the eager lead of well versed tour guide, Justine Mauvin.

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

After a big day of eating and exploring, we headed back to Hossegor to await the call for the #ROXYpro France. See more of the #ROXYpro France here >

#ROXYpro France Lay Day Calls for a Biarritz Beach Day

From our saltiest groms to our World champs, we love sharing the stoke on a daily basis, but on June 20th we are joining our athletes and the surf community to celebrate International Surfing Day by heading to our favorite beach to surf, participate in beach clean up or soak up the weather with friends.

And to sweeten the deal, ROXY and Quiksilver are donating $10 from every boardshort and swim piece sold today to the Hawaiian Lifeguards. Because good karma swells and the ocean belongs to everyone.

Surfrider Foundation is hosting over 200 #ISD2016 events across the globe to enable every person to give back to their local beach or favorite surf break. Stay up to date throughout the day by following #ISD2016 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for all the fun!

To kick things off we asked our team to tell us what surfing means to them -


Mainei Kinimaka // Hawaii

To me, surfing means practicing Hawaiian culture and sustaining my ancestral traditions.

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International Surfing Day 2016

Nao Omura // Japan

Surfing is the happiest thing in my life!

International Surfing Day 2016

Bronte Macaulay // Australia

Crystal clear water, afternoon glass-offs , sunny days and endless smiles. How lucky are we...

Happy international surfing day!

International Surfing Day 2016

Kelia Moniz // Hawaii

Surfing to me is this… Waikiki. To me Waikiki means family, it means joy and it means memories. There’s a feeling you get there that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s a feeling that I get when I surf a wave here, it makes me fall in love with this wave riding thing over and over and over again.

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International Surfing Day 2016

Laura Macaulay // Australia

To me, surfing means to enjoy and appreciate the moment with family, friends and nature.

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International Surfing Day 2016

Justine Mauvin // France

To me, surf could mean Science Under the Rights of Freedom. Surfing takes me to the right place, where you learn about reaching the essence of being free.

International Surfing Day 2016

Chloe Calmon // Brazil

My connection with surfing is so deep within my soul, that every time I paddle out I feel I blend in with the ocean. It feels like the waves and I are only one being...

International Surfing Day 2016

Monyca Eleogram // Hawaii

Surfing to me is freedom. It’s the opportunity to live in the moment and let go.

Smile, laugh, stand up, sit down, go straight, or swerve. there is no right or wrong way. Freedom.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sienna Marshall // Australia

The ocean is my happy place where my fears, emotions, thoughts and feelings can be set free. Surfing feels like nothing I have ever experienced before. It makes my world turn, surfing means the world to me.

International Surfing Day 2016

Leila Riccobuano // Hawaii

Surf reflects my life.... Everyday and every wave are different.

International Surfing Day 2016

Bruna Schmitz // Brazil

Surfing to me is everything I know. I couldn't imagine my life without it. It just wouldn't make sense!

International Surfing Day 2016

Sophia Chapman // Australia

Surfing is my happy place, nothing compares to the feeling of freedom you get from the ocean.

International Surfing Day 2016

LeeAnn Curren // France

Go down the line and hunt for tubes. Happy international surfing day :)

International Surfing Day 2016

Vahine Fierro // Tahiti

My love for surfing will never go away

International Surfing Day 2016

Lizzie Stokely // Australia

Surfing is the best sport in the world

. Even though every wave is different, the feeling it leaves you with is always pure stoke!

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International Surfing Day 2016

Bianca Buitendag // Sth Africa

To me, surfing reflects the freedom and joy that is available once recognizing your dependency and learning to trust the One that created all of life, every wave and you.

International Surfing Day 2016

Savanna Stone // Hawaii

I love surfing because when I am on a wave I feel most powerful, and the ocean makes me feel at home.

International Surfing Day 2016

Piper Harrison // Australia

When surfing I'm part of something bigger. The power of the ocean and the world surrounding me, I appreciate the incredible world we live in.

International Surfing Day 2016

Alyssa Lock // Australia

Surfing is my past, my present and my future

International Surfing Day 2016

Chelsea Tuach // Barbados

Surfing has shaped me into the person I am today. I'm thankful for the highs and the lessons and for the beautiful people I've met along the way.

International Surfing Day 2016

India Robinson // Australia

Surfing means the world to me, out of the water i feel like a different person, the real me is in the water.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sage Goldsbury // Australia

I love everything about surfing, floating in the ocean with my family and friends, sunshine and the uplifting bliss after a good wave.

International Surfing Day 2016

Meg Roh // America

I've surfed every day for the past five years because surfing to me means endless adventures and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Caroline Marks // America

I love surfing. Love is surfing every wave like it's your last.

International Surfing Day 2016

Lucie Milochau // France

Surfing is wake up every morning thinking at what will look like the session

International Surfing Day 2016

Rosy Hodge // Sth Africa

Surfing is something I wake up thinking about everyday. It's the constant source of what makes me happy and has shaped the best memories in my life.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sierra Kerr // America

I surf because it makes me feel good. I love to be in the water with dolphins swimming by me. I smile and laugh a lot surfing with my family and friends and that makes me very happy.

International Surfing Day 2016

Mahé Javegny // France

Surfing is everything for me and the things I prefer to do. It’s an amazing feeling, the best feeling in the world.

International Surfing Day 2016

Sakura // Hawaii

Surfing is so fun and make me happy and smiles.

International Surfing Day 2016

Juliette Brice // France

I don’t even have words to describe what does surfing mean to me, It’s just the best feeling in the world and I couldn’t imagine living without it!

International Surfing Day 2016

Summer Macedo // Hawaii

Surfing is my "rock". It reminds me of who I am and what I love to do.

International Surfing Day 2016

Gabbi Knudson // Hawaii

Surfing is pure stoke, and is what I look forward to doing everyday. It provides a way to hang out and make friends and surf some of the best waves in the world. Surfing means everything to me, and I will never take it for granted.

International Surfing Day 2016

Stephanie Gilmore // Australia

Surfing sure is magical! Right here in my happiest place, smile on my face, it must be love! Happy International Surfing Day friends :)

International Surfing Day 2016

It was all about the girls today on the Gold Coast with our first global #ROXYfitness event of the year, and the first rounds of the #ROXYpro kicking off at Snapper Rocks.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

A thousand girls took to their yoga mats alongside ROXY team riders Kelia, Monyca, Bruna, Justine, Mainei, Alyssa, Caroline, Nao and Sophia as Stephanie Gilmore was paddling out for her first heat in the 2016 Women’s Championship tour.


ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Justine took to the stage to entertain the participants before they hit the sand again for the 5km run.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

Justine took to the stage to entertain the participants before they hit the sand again for the 5km run.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

The ROXY girls lead the charge!

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

With the ocean as their backdrop, participants enjoyed a picturesque 5km run along the promenade, looping back to Rainbow Bay to finish.

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

In perfect timing, the 1km SUP race finished for everyone to head back to Snapper Rocks to catch Steph’s Round 2 heat, where she scored the highest heat total of the event so far!

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

To find dates and locations on the 2016 #ROXYfitness event tour, click here

ROXYfitness Gold Coast

With the sun out and conditions cleaning up at Snapper Rocks on the second day of the competition waiting period, we headed to the beach to wait patiently for the contest call. We didn’t mind the delayed announcement or the call that the Men’s round 1 would only run today either, there were plenty of fun waves to be had in the meantime...

The downtime also gave us a chance to catch up with Mainei Kinimaka and Caroline Marks about their first surfs at the iconic break and how their Aussie adventures have been so far.

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This is the first trip down under for both of you, how long had you been in Australia before the #ROXYpro started?

Mainei: I arrived in Australia two weeks ago and went straight to Newcastle for a QS event, and then to Manly beach for another comp. Once that kind of wrapped up I came up to the Gold Coast.

Caroline: I’ve been here since the Newcastle event too, but I skipped Sydney and came straight to the Goldy and was so stoked to, as the cyclone swell was still here. It was so cool, because I had heard you can come back here ten more times and still not get a swell that great. It was the perfect welcome!

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Did anyone warn you about the harsh Australian sun?

Mainei: It was really hot in Newcastle and I made the mistake of not wearing any sunscreen, I got all burnt. I had been told, but I should’ve been wiser.

Once you made it down to Snapper Rocks, had anyone given you any heads up on where to paddle out, where to sit?

Mainei: Not really, I had spoken to someone in Manly who told me how crowded it would be and that it might not be that fun. Plus they said the vibe out in the water might be kind of heavy, just because there’s so many people and everyone wants a wave. I had seen videos on instagram of how crowded it was and it just looked like human soup. I get nervous in crowds on Oahu, so I was worried I’d paddle out and not even get a wave, but it was a lot better than I had expected.

Caroline: Yeah, both my coach and my manager had given me some background. It’s not too tough to figure out but if I had arrived arrived only a day or two before the event, I definitely would want someone to give me the rundown on where to go.

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So what was your first surf at Snapper like?

Mainei: I arrived the night before and couldn’t see the beach or really hear any waves so I wasn’t sure what to expect. In the morning I woke up and looked out the window, and couldn’t believe how great it looked. It wasn’t big but it just looked super rippable and no one was out there, which was so surprising, so I was really eager to get out there as quickly as possible.

I was surprised how warm the water was, because the water in Manly was so much colder.

Once I was out the back I saw Bronte and Caroline and a heap of pro surfers, so I was kind of worried that I wasn’t going to get any waves. I finally figured out where I needed to sit and caught a wave but got burned by some guy, and it was right in front of some of the pros, so I was kind of embarrassed. I paddled back out and caught another and it was so much fun! It wasn’t long but it was rippable and perfect. I was so stoked.

I ended up staying out for about 2 hours, and came in because I don’t think anyone knew where I was because I arrived so late and I was up so early.

Caroline: It was a bit small and offshore, but they were perfect little waves for me to get used to. We paddled out just before dark and it was really fun, and the next day it was bit bigger and then the cyclone swell hit and it was just insane. It was pretty crowded but I managed to get a lot of waves, so I was pretty stoked. The warm water is just so inviting at the moment, plus I love going on my backhand so it’s really cool to have a right.

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How many times have you been back out since?

Mainei: I think i’ve been out almost two or three times a day since, ha ha ha, I’ve only been here four days. Worst thing was the other day I had to do some homework, I was in my room looking at the waves and I wanted to get out there so badly! I didn’t get much study done that day.

Caroline: I have definitely lost count, but I’ve been out at least twice a day. When the waves were really good i’d stay out for maybe four or five hours. How can you not want to surf when the water is so clear and warm. Plus if it’s crowded you definitely want to make sure you get plenty of waves out there.

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We couldn’t think of a better coach for the team riders preparing for the #ROXYpro trials and a new year on the competition circuit, than 4x World Champion, Lisa Andersen. From technique to tactics and everything in between, Lisa gave Alyssa, Caroline, Nao, Mainei and Sierra a few secrets to her success that might give them the winning edge in the line-up.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

First on the agenda, a morning surf at Snapper.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Although it was a stormy start to the day, it couldn’t dampen the girls spirits.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Back on the beach, the girls quickly decided it was time to hit the Coolangatta Boardriders store, for a little retail therapy and a delicious lunch.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

With a new haul of bikinis in hand and the clouds clearing, the girls grabbed their gear and headed out for another superbank session.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

A little pre-surf pep talk from Lisa.

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

#ROXYpro Trials Training with Lisa Andersen

Surfed out and satisfied, the girls shared some of their favorite moments with Lisa as they headed back up the beach.

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