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Emily Nishimoto on Opening Day for Supergirl Pro 2015. Photo: Steve Marcotte/OsideNews

Caroline Marks Impressive at Supergirl Pro Opening Day

Oceanside CA— Day one of the three-day Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro — the largest all-women’s surf contest in the world and the only WSL Women’s QS6000 event in the continental U.S. — saw a field of 108 narrowed to 64 on Friday, grinding through nearly three rounds. Action resumes tomorrow at 8 a.m. PST with the final three heats in the Round of 72 before the CT powerhouses take to the water at the iconic Oceanside Pier.

Thirteen-year-old phenom, Caroline Marks (USA), was the talk of the day. She justified her recent back-to-back National Scholastic Surfing Association national titles by starting with a Round of 108 highest heat total of 15.60. Marks was excited to get off on the right foot among some of the world’s best.

Photo: Kurt Steinmfetz

Caroline Marks (USA), courtesy photo: Kurt Steinmfetz

“It was amazing,” Marks said. “I had a great heat! To post big scores at a big event at my age means a lot. Some of the best girls from around the world are here, so it’s really cool.”

Marks continued onto the Round of 96 later in the day when the tide began filling in, offering more inside waves that she was able to take advantage of. “I’m excited to win both of my heats,” Marks said. “I think tomorrow should be a good day and the waves should be fun again. I’m super stoked!”

Anali Gomez (PER) came out on top of her Round of 96 heat, battling over Ashlee Spence (AUS) by just .04. Moving through to the Round of 72, Gomez put up the best heat total of the round thus far. With the win, Gomez will find herself alongside Spence once more – this time joined by current World No.2 Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Alana Blanchard (HAW).

The free event runs through the weekend, jam-packed with entertainment Saturday (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). In addition to showcasing world-class surfing, attendees can experience meet-and-greets with top pros, giveaways, skateboarding demos on the Active Rideshop vert ramp, film, an expanded Kona Beer Garden and complimentary hair styling by Paul Mitchell in their on-site style salon.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


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  • 8:00am – 9:00am – Round 3 (Round of 72 Continued) 3 Heats @20 Minutes
  • 9:00am – 2:00pm – Round 4 (Round of 48) 12 Heats @ 25 Minutes
  • 9:00am – 6:00pm- Festival Village Open
  • 11:00am – 6:00pm – Kona Beer Garden Open
  • 1:45pm -2:15pm – Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
  • 2:00pm – 5:20pm – Round 5 (Round of 24) 8 Heats @ 25 Minutes
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm – Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm -Live Concert with Cody Lovaas

Sunday, July 26,2015

  • 8:15am – 11:35am – Round 6 (Round of 16) 8 Heats @ 25 Minutes
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm -Festival Village Open
  • 11:00am – 5:00pm- Kona Beer Garden Open
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm – Pro Skateboarding Half-Pipe Competition
  • 11:35am – 1:15pm – Quarterfinals 4 Heats @ 25 Minutes
  • 12:45pm – 1:15pm – Pro Surfer Autograph Signing
  • 1:15pm -2:05pm – Semifinals 2 Heats @ 25 Minutes
  • 2:05pm – 2:35pm – Celebrity Surf Contest 1 Heat @ 30 Minutes
  • 2:35pm – 3:05pm – Finals – 1 Heat @ 30 Minutes
  • 3:15pm – 3:35pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 3:45pm – 4:30pm – Live Concert with Kari Kimmel
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm – Pro Surfer Autograph Signing

For more information visit the website: http://supergirljam.com/

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