Central Florida’s WSL Trifecta! Marks, Geiselman and Gorkin Take Out Inaugural Florida Pro Titles…

January 24, 2018 • East Coast Contests, WSL

Story and Photos: Mez

As we speak it’s all over but tearing down the towering, monolithic scaffolding, handing out the fat winners checks high atop the Sebastian Inlet snack bar, draining the iced tub’s overflowing with delicious, home brewed Florida Lager and reminiscing about the magnificence of the 6 day long WSL Florida Pro filled with a dozen great storylines.

The winners were, almost not surprisingly, the Central Florida region’s Caroline Marks in the 6,000 rated women’s, Evan Geiselman in the 1,500 rated mens, and Aa(i)ron Cormican in the extremely well received, super exciting Legends specialty event. The Florida Pro’s grande finale dream heat of Gorkin, Ben “Benny B” Bourgeois, Cory “Lopey” Lopez and CJ “Ceej” Hobgood, who used to all battle it out as amature grom phenoms and at east coast pro events, really put the “special” in this “specialty event” and was truly a crowd favorite.

Eating her competition for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert, 15 year old Caroline Marks Sebastian Inlet homecoming was storybook from her first heat to collecting the $11,ooo winers check at the break she learned to surf at.

Besides witnessing the incredible level of women’s professional surfing especially, the Legends clash was the sneaker event and a spotlight stealing one that is sure to go to a whole other level next year with the Florida Pro already committed to three more years.

Pro surfing is back at Sebastian Inlet – and the east coast – and it’s back big time thanks to event head Mitch Varnes, main sponsors Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, Florida Lager and the WSL.

Evan Geiselman’s spectacular walk-off win at the buzzer during the men’s final that downed Jake Marshall was the dramatic highlight of the entire event filled with excellence.

Truly one for the books, look for full coverage of this event next week and an exclusive, www.easternsurf.com mega photo gallery of all the action, personalities and backstage goings on.

We promise that will be as special and spectacular as well.

Event main man Mitch Varnes, who credits the efforts of the entire staff for the Florida Pro’s success, with a lil’ sumthin’-sumthin’ under arm for Gorkin. Cormican’s highly decorated competitive legacy keeps growing, especially at Sebastian. This fierce, savvy contest surfer reads the nuances of the Inlets ever changing sandbars and conditions like he was born and raised there.