Lilly Pollard to make a comeback

After a broken neck and back, the world number one is heading to Chile!
Above: Lilly on the Central Coast, 2013. Photo: Alex Gibson

It has been a year of the highest highs and lowest lows for Aussie bodyboarding icon Lilly Pollard. Taking out the first stop of the APB World Tour -the Pipeline Challenge – in February (after 15 years of heading to The Rock), Lilly started the year atop the world rankings. But just over a month later Lilly was thrust into a shallow sand bank while surfing on the South Coast, NSW, breaking her neck and back. She was winched from the beach and airlifted to Wollongong hospital, where thankfully the doctors informed her she had suffered no spinal damage.

With the APB World Tour in its inaugural year – after taking over from the IBA, which is in “rebuilding phase” – it has been a fair ol’ gap between drinks for events, with the next tour stop for the women only just coming up next week in Antofagasta, Chile (August 26). But the long wait has also been a blessing for Lilly in that it has allowed her to undertake her rehab and lengthy spell out of the water without dropping down the rankings, and in epic news this week Lilly has announced via her Facebook page that she’s feeling fit and heading to Chile! I think we speak for the greater bodyboarding public when we congratulate Lilly on her recovery and wish her all the best for her run at the title in 2014! From Lilly:

The 2014 APB Women’s world tour rankings after just the one event at Pipeline Hawaii… I still can’t believe my luck in winning Pipe, then breaking my neck and back and being out of action for four months, and especially that there has been no other WWT events during my absence. Now, my bones are healed, I’m feeling pretty fit and the second event is going down next week at Antofagasta Chile! I know that the other girls are absolutely ripping and may kick my arse, but I also know that I’m actually surfing alright and feeling fresh, and with a little more luck anything could happen, so stuff it, I’m going!! Chile is booked, I leave next Saturday! Lookout girls I’m coming to defend my current ranking and kind of excited to see everyone too! Yewww! Hasta prontitooooo Chile!!

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