Rachael Tilly: Bond University student and 2019 WSL Women's Longboard Tour champion | Photo: BU

Bond University teamed up with the World Surf League (WSL) to give its students an opportunity in the surf industry.

In 2020, Gold Coast's private, not-for-profit university will become the official higher education partner of WSL Australia.

The two-year deal will allow students to benefit from internships and professional experiences within the professional surfing circuit.

Rachael Tilly is studying for a Bachelor of Sports Management at Bond University.

In 2015, she became the youngest world champion in the history of professional surfing after winning the women's world longboarding title aged 17.

Tilly wants to use her degree to make an impact on the surf industry.

"My lecturer set me up with an internship at a WSL event earlier this year, and I learned so much. I could see myself one day working with the WSL," said Rachael Tilly.

Rachael Tilly: she wants to work in the WSL one day | Photo: BU

A Chance in the Surf Industry

The partnership between Bond University and WSL Australia is targeted at all students, even those who aren't into surfing.

"Surfing is a fast-growing sport, and we offer multiple degrees that have synergies with WSL Australia and the industry, including sports management, sports science, marketing, and film and television," notes Tim Brailsford, president of Bond University.

The institution aims to produce job-ready graduates and will start sending students to WSL in the early months of 2020 during the event at Snapper Rocks.

"Bond University is located on the doorstep of one of the world's finest surf spots and has a successful lineage of producing high-achieving and driven graduates," concludes Andrew Stark, general manager at WSL Australia Asia.

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