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Rachael Tilly

World champion longboard surfer. Sport Management student. Bondy.

“Surfing and university are the two things that make up my world at the moment.”

Rachael Tilly lives and breathes surfing. Growing up in San Clemente, California, she spent all her spare time in the waves. At 17, Rachael became the youngest world champion in the history of professional surfing.

Rachael moved to the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Sport Management at Bond University where, as a member of Bond’s Elite Sport Program, she juggles study with the WSL tour and an internship, which she secured with the help of one of her lecturers in 2019.

“I’ve spent a lot of time competing so I was very familiar with the Gold Coast and through that, I got introduced to Bond on one of my trips,” she says.

“It was the perfect opportunity to go to university, to live abroad – and there’s great surf.”

As the Official Higher Education Partner of WSL Australia, Bond students will have even greater access to internship opportunities across all facets of the organisation, including Sport Management, Sports Science, Event Management, Marketing and Film and Television.

 “I’d love to use my degree to make an impact in the surfing industry and this partnership will open up so many doors for me, and other Bond students – even ones who aren’t specifically into surfing,” says Rachael.

Life at Bond University

For the past 16 years, Bond has been ranked Australia’s number one university for student experience according to the Good Universities Guide.

Located on the Gold Coast – a literal Surfer’s Paradise – it’s one of Australia’s favourite classrooms and attracts students from all over the world.

As Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university, 100 per cent of student tuition fees are re-invested into the student experience, ensuring students learn in world-class facilities and receive unrivalled access to their academics and an extensive range of support services.


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