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The Gold Coast has an­other world surf cham­pion in its midst. Rachael Tilly opens up about what brought her here.

IF you’ve surfed Burleigh you might have shared a wave with a world cham­pion with­out re­al­is­ing it.

Cal­i­for­nian long­boarder Rachael Tilly, who at 17 be­came the youngest world champ in the his­tory of pro­fes­sional surf­ing, has swapped the the US for sun, swell … and study … on the Gold Coast. “For the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time com­pet­ing so I was fa­mil­iar with the Gold Coast and through that got in­tro­duced to Bond Univer­sity on one of my trips,” she said.

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

Tilly, now 20, is in the se­cond se­mes­ter of her first year study­ing for a de­gree in sports man­age­ment, jug­gling books and the board as she pre­pares for the 2018 World Long­board Cham­pi­onships in Tai­wan later this month.

Find out what’s next for the surf­ing young gun in to­mor­row’s Gold Coast Eye.

World long­board champ Rachael Tilly now calls the Gold Coast home

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