Because Marks surfs with a heavy-footed, powerful style based on a solid foundation of rail engagement, the young goofyfoot has drawn comparison with Mark Occhilupo–another precocious power broker who bulled his way onto the competitive stage, surfing with a technique that was mature beyond his years.
Too young to drive, but old enough to be thrown into the ring against surfers like six-time World Champ Steph Gilmore, who is 15 years older and won her first world title when Marks was still the age of a kindergartner.
In the Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks, the first event of her rookie year, Marks advanced to the Quarterfinals, showing absolutely no fear of the older, more experienced surfers she left in her wake heat after heat.
At the end of the 2017 World Surf League season, Marks, then only 15, about the age most of us are sophomores in high school, became the youngest competitor in history–male or female–to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
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