We are so used to our girl Rachael Tilly doing things like this…..
…. that we sometimes forget how much she accomplishes outside of the water! That’s why we are all so stoked to see that OC Register Family Magazine (OCFamily.com) not only named Rachael as one of their Top 20 Shining Students for 2013, she also got the cover!
OC Register Family Magazine
Each year, OC Register Family, searches Orange County to find the best and brightest students. They talk to coaches and school administrators, and seek nominations from the public. When they are through, they have a list of the of the top youth in the area who excel in all areas from academics, the arts, leadership, athletics, and, of course, community service.
2013′s group of students are incredible, and Rachael is front and center! The group includes students who are bound for Harvard and MIT, a Junior Olympic Gold medalist in fencing, a clean water activist, 11th grade twin sisters who are authors of 4 Sci-Fi books, a two time OC Debate League Golden Gavel Award winner, and many more accomplished kids. Though they all participate in differing fields, what they all have in common is a desire to do their absolute best at all times, and inspire others around them to do the same.
“I put all my faith in God,” Rachael says. “I’m just working hard to fulfill this amazing talent He’s given me.”
“Since she entered her first surfing contest at the age of 6, Rachael Tilly has racked up an impressive list of wins. She has clinched the Interscholastic Surfing Federation’s Middle School State Championship three times and holds five West Coast titles from the Western Surfing Association.
Rachael is also the youngest woman to qualify for the Association of Surfing Professionals’ 2013 World Longboard Tour. She will travel to compete for a world championship this November at Hainan Island in China.
In addition to Hurley, Rachael is sponsored by Hobie, which sells a Rachael Tilly model longboard designed by legendary shaper Terry Martin. (Rachael and Terry were close friends, and she spoke at his 2012 memorial.)
A stellar student who participates in church activities and swims for her high school team, Rachael has stayed grounded even as her surfing career has soared.
“I definitely plan on going to college. My education is as important to me as surfing is to me,” says Rachael, who plans to attend a school close to the beach so she can continue to compete.”