Lilly Pollard & Living The Absolute Dream
VIDEO BY SHANE CHALKER
MUSIC BY JAMES BENNETT
FEATURING LILLY POLLARD & MILLIE CHALKER
You know how sometimes you meet someone who has an immediate live-spark. A spirit that can literally walk through a room, turn heads and draw you in. Lilly Pollard is one of those people. In 2014 Lilly Pollard won the Pipeline Pro in Hawaii. It was a lifetime dream to achieve such sporting career success, but on return home to Australia she was out at her local barrelling break, a place she knew better than anywhere, when she was picked up by a wave and dumped on a sandbar breaking her back.
In an interview with The Mermaid Society in 2014, Lilly said of her injury, “I broke the C5 in my neck and suffered compression fractures from my T1 to T6 down my back. I was incredibly lucky my spinal cord wasn’t damaged, but it meant four months out of the water recuperating.” During that time she did rest and recuperate and began to build her bodyboarding coaching business that is now thriving.
Aside from her incredible and infectious positive energy, Lilly is one hell of a coach and mentor to women (and people of all ages and genders) as an individual and through The Bodyboard Academy.
Recently she spent the weekend in some of the most perfect, quiet breaks in New South Wales with Millie Chalker. The water was crystal clear, there were wedges around with no one on them and they just had a great time sharing waves and stories.