Girls Shine at 2014 Australia Bodyboard Award
(Top photo www.soufphotography.com 2014 Riptide Australian Bodyboarder of the Year Champion Isabela Sousa)
It was a massive and glittering night for Australia’s and International female bodyboarders at the RIPTIDE MAGAZINE Australian Bodyboarders Awards. Such a special event to recognise the amazing achievements of girls who charge the biggest waves in the world and are changing the face of bodyboarding.
We’re thrilled to announce that Lilly Pollard was honoured with the Australian Bodyboarding Association’s Global Achievement Award for finishing the year’s World Tour as the highest placed Australian woman. Lilly’s achievements in winning the Pipeline event and coming back after the recovery from a major neck injury to compete is remarkable. She has a determination and drive that is admirable to any athletes in any discipline.
Lilly said “I feel incredibly thankful for my life and especially the year I’ve had this year. For me personally I couldn’t have felt more loved and supported than in the two biggest moments of my life, when I won Pipeline in February and then went through a serious injury a month later. I was most surprised by the massive support from the people I hadn’t even met in the bodyboard community. I love that we really are one big family. A Huge thanks for my Global Achievement Award and for everyone voting me into #2 Bodyboarder of the year. I couldn’t be more stoked or thankful right now. I also honestly agree that Isabela Sousa is definitely deserving of the Female Bodyboarder of the Year, easily my favorite rider and easily the best!”
Sixteen year-old Alexandra Rinder from Canary Islands came up against the boys with her head held high placing in the Top 5 of the Riptide Grom of the Year Award (for riders aged under 20). Alex’s nomination from the Riptide readers is a guaranteed sign that times are changing and girls are charging forward. Alex’s energy and competitive nature are sure to see her rocket up the leader-boards and awards lists before she even turns 20.
RIPTIDE BODYBOARDER OF THE YEAR
1st Place – Isabela Sousa
2nd Place – Lilly Pollard
3rd Place – Alexandra Rinder
4th Place – Jessica Becker
5th Place – Emma Cobb
The Riptide Women’s Bodyboarder of the Year was the third and final award presented and it was a super tight race. Alexandra Rinder’s World Tour-winning year saw he rocket up the votes in 2014, landing in third place. Lilly Pollard capped off her fine year by finishing in second spot, which was an incredible effort after she was sidelined for months with a nasty spinal injury. Perhaps Japan’s Akiko Sato put it best in her comments about Lilly when she sent in her votes, “Lilly’s barrels at Pipe this year were on another level. Her recovery from a neck injury was also amazing. Aside from her ability as a bodyboarder, she’s also a great human being.” But there could only one winner and in 2014 it was Brazilian three-time World Champ Isabela Sousa, 24 – one of the most dominant female bodyboarders of all time – who wore the crown. Brazil’s Jessica Becker and Aussie air fiend Emma Cobb rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.