Hobie Surf Shops and Surfing America to Honor ISA World Longboard Championships Silver Medalist – Rachael Tilly
San Clemente, CA, October 22, 2013
Surfing America, the National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA, and Hobie Surf Shops are pleased to announce a reception honoring PacSun USA Longboard Team member and ISA World Longboard Championships Silver Medalist, Rachael Tilly.
The reception will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the new Hobie Surf Boutique located at 151 Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente, CA 92672. Everyone is invited for refreshments, food and good times in honor of Rachael.
Rachael competed for Team USA in the International Surfing Association World Longboard Surfing Championships in Huanchaco, Peru, September 21st through 28th. The team consisted of returning ISA World Team members Tony Silvagni and Taylor Jensen along with Nick Anderberg and Rachael Tilly. The team all took ill in Peru and finished a disappointing 7th overall. Rachael battled back from illness and was the “silver” lining for team USA, winning the Silver Medal for her 2nd place finish in the women’s division. At 15 years old, she was also the youngest competitor in the event.
Coach and former World Champion, Ian Cairns, was impressed with Rachael’s performance. “Rachael really dug deep to overcome her illness and grind through her repechage rounds to the grand final. She was feeling better as the event progressed and peaked in the final with an amazing performance. She did not flinch surfing on the world stage against seasoned competitors many years her senior. This result is just the start for young Rachael and we expect to see her reach her goals of winning a Gold Medal in ISA World Longboard Championships and becoming Association of Surfing Professionals World Longboard Champion in the near future,” said Cairns.
Surfing America executive director, Greg Cruse, added, “I have been following Rachael since she started competing in local Western Surfing Association events years ago. When we had the trials for the women’s spot on the USA Surf Team at Church, San Onofre State Beach, last June, against all of the top rated women in the USA on the ASP World Longboard Tour, Rachael proved that she was the top women’s longboarder for the team. She did not let us down. Rachael was the bright spot for Team USA in the event and we look forward to watching her climb to the top of women’s longboarding in the years to come.”
PacSun USA Longboard Surf Team:
Rachael Tilly – 15 years old, Capistrano Beach CA.
2013 ISA World Longboard Championships Silver Medalist
2013 ASP North America Womens’ Longboard Champion
2012 ECSC Girls Under 14 Longboard Champion
5 Western Surfing Association West Coast Champion Titles
3x Scholastic Surf Series Middle School State Champion
If you hear “GO RACHAEL!!!!!!!” being bellowed out over the next few days, it’s because the amazing Rachael Tilly must be in the water at the ISA WLC (International Surfing Association World Longboard Championships) in Peru. Rachael is part of a small team of American surfers, led by head coach Ian Carins, tasked with representing the USA in and out of the water in the contest.
A total of 22 nations have sent teams to rip at the reeling left point break at Huanchaco, and at 15 years old, we think Rachael must be one of if not the youngest competitor there. Don’t let her age fool you, though. As a sophomore at San Clemente High School, she is at the top of her class academically. Still, even with the pressures of studies, she finds time to surf, sail, volunteer, be a fantastic big sister, and have one of the most goofy happy personalities of any 15 year old we have met. Oh… and she RIPS on a board. Winning so many titles they require a separate room in her house to store them all (ok, kidding, but she has won a TON!).
Riding boards inspired from originals shaped and designed by herself and the late Terry Martin, they sport shiny fancy red, white and blue stripes! Terry’s son Josh has taken over the duties of fine tuning Rachael’s boards (you can buy your own Rachael Tilly model longboards from us at Hobie Surf Shops!) and if her first heat is any indication, she placed 1st, they are working extremely well in the waves. We’ll be watching all week and cheering her on to a much hoped for gold medal! We included a few links below for the contest, and a couple of our favorite You Tube clips of Rachael surfing! Enjoy and GO RACHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!
You can follow the heat times/results HERE.
Watch the event LIVE over the next five days HERE :: ISA WLC LIVE.
Learn all about the ISA WLC, rules, scoring, inspirations, and the organizers :: HERE
Published on Feb 2, 2013
Kaitlin Maguire and Rachael Tilly sufing Chuch
Uploaded on Sep 30, 2011
World, meet Rachael Tilly. Rachael, meet the world. But really, this introduction is hardly necessary as Rachael continues to solidify herself in the professional longboard world. She’s been the Scholastic Surf Series longboard champion for two years in a row (this year she was also the finalist with the highest GPA, garnering her the Scholarship Award), the Western Surfing Association champion in the under 14 division two years in a row and just this past weekend she came in third at the East Coast Championships, bringing her within two spots of her goal of being the youngest competitor on tour. She rips, she’s smart, she’s adorable, she plays the viola — um, can we keep her?
Shapers Announced For Terry Martin Icons Of Foam Shape Off
The Boardroom At The OC Fair & Events Center, Oct 5-6, 2013
- Tyler Warren: An inspired and well traveled illustrator, designer, painter, shaper and surfer. Tyler has turned heads for both his incredible art work but also his shaping, including a dual-keeled “Bar Of Soap” design — a “refined and tastefully decorated variant on the Bob Simmons planning hull, with a noticeable dash of Lis fish thrown in for good measure,” says Richard Kenvin in The Surfer’s Journal.
- Matt Calvani: A California surfer/shaper who heads up the Bing brand of surfboards. “The Bing brand has always had a mystique about it—from its association with David Nuuhiwa and Dick Brewer to the Campbell Brothers bonzers—that has made it a part of surfing history. I started introducing and refining those amazing historical shapes. My goal was to capture the essence of those eras in surfboard history while adding the knowledge I had learned in my own journey,” says Matt in a Liquid Salt interview.
- Ricky Carroll: Two-time winner of the Icons Of Foam Tribute to the masters, Ricky Carroll is the owner of R&D Surf, a surfboard manufacturing facility located in East Central Florida that’s been at the forefront of surfboard building for nearly 20 years.
- Donald Brink: Renowned for his asymmetrical shapes, Donald is also a big believer that the creative process in building a board should be shared between shaper and surfer. “Its an honor to be included in the conversations of surfing and surfboards throughput the world. Hard work, dedication to a passionate path and a commitment to responsibilities seems to be the common must-haves to things that are built over time and have a good effect on others and add to the world.”
- Mickey Munoz: Grandmaster board shaper and legendary waterman, Mickey Muñoz has been surfing and designing boards since the late 1940s. A Waimea Bay pioneer, his iconic Quasimodo surf stance and decades of quality shaping have carved a permanent place for Munoz in the pantheon of surfing’s greatest. Nobody casts a longer shadow.
Terry Martin, described by many as ‘The Machine’ because of his effortless and efficient shaping style, spent the majority of his 60-year shaping career working at the Hobie Surfboards factory. He averaged ten boards a day and surfed during lunch.Martin helped to create signature models for legendary surfers including Corky Carroll, Gerry Lopez, and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew. Mickey Munoz, a legendary shaper in his own right, described the big, bearded Martin as “giving, ethical, knowledgeable, passionate about shaping and surfing and the art of shaping; a friend, a real friend, a good friend; a brother. He was almost like a saint, if you will, just his consciousness and his demeanor.”“Terry Martin took great joy in walking the aisles of past Boardroom shows greeting his friends and fellow craftsmen and talking story. He was always particularly interested in the Icons of Foam Tributes and loved to study the techniques of his fellow shapers. I think Terry might have had a hard time being featured in this way had he been able to attend the event… but to honor Terry and his talents as a shaper in this way is a wonderful tribute to this great man and iconic shaper” said Royce Cansler on behalf of the Martin family.
“Each year at the Icons of Foam Tribute, US Blanks is in awe of the talent level and inspirational shaping that takes place,” said Jeff Holtby of US Blanks. “This years’ lineup of shapers honoring Terry is jaw-dropping. We are again stoked to be a part of this special event.”
It’s Back!! Our annual Surf Swap & Sale at our Dana Point Hobie Surf Shop (only, in Dana Point!!) is set to go off this Memorial Day Weekend! We LOVE this sale!! It’s our chance to not only help you clean out those used surfboards in your garage, making room for a whole new rack of boards… but it’s our chance to buy those used boards off of you and have a brand new, though slightly pre-loved, quiver of our own!
You set the price for your boards, with a little help from us, and when it sells, 10% of the selling price will be donated to the Dana Hills High School ‘Dolphin Force’. Be wise in your selection of boards to bring down, surfboards 7’6″ and over sell the fastest and usually for the best price. SUP’s also do well at the swap, but as far as shortboards go, it’s hit and miss on how they fare. We also have had a strong turnout of folks looking for classics and vintage boards, too! Remember, cleaned up, unwaxed boards look the best in the racks. You want your girl to stand out amongst the sea of other boards, so shine her up nice and pretty!
Tell your friends, and especially tell that board hoarder you know, to bring their boards on down to our Dana Point Shop (again the sale is only at the Dana Point Shop) bright and early on May the 24th. We will start taking in boards as early as 8:30am. When you fill out your forms, make sure to give us an easy phone number to reach you at, just in case we have an offer on the table that you want to hear. We have seen people come up cash in hand, looking to get a bit off the marked price only to leave when we can’t get in contact with the seller. Price your boards fair and be willing to STOKE someone out on a new ride! It’s crazy fun to watch people find the new log of their dreams at a price they can afford!
Stop in through out the weekend and see how your boards are selling, and make sure you shop the SALE! We go BaNaNaS marking items down!! Our outside parking lot will be full of great deals, and we’ll have special markdowns inside too! Seriously, you will Not be disappointed with this sale and swap! Make sure you are ready with phone in hand on Sunday May 26th around 4ish, just in case we didn’t sell your boards. You will have to pick them up again that night by 5pm. But, trust us, we do our best to sell them all!!
Ok, if you have any other questions, call our Dana Point Shop at 949-496-2366, otherwise, We’ll See You at The Swap!!!
Terry Martin has been playing and shaping in the Lord’s Eternal Kingdom for a year now…. A year. A year past with out our friend, our mentor, and our inspiration for living a proper life…..
We miss our friend. That won’t ever change, but we know that Terry wouldn’t want us to sit around and be sad. Terry would want us to be out surfing… riding waves with our friends and hooting with laughter! If you are lucky enough to be in possession of one of the 80,000+ surfboards he handcrafted over the years, Put it in the Water!! Terry made boards to be ridden by everyone from a brand new beginner catching his or her first wave, to the best of the best surfers in the world. He didn’t make things for people to hang on the wall, he made things to glide down the line!
Grab your friends, grab your boards, grab some waves… build a bonfire at the beach this weekend, and tell your best “Big Fish” stories of the waves you have ripped on a Terry Martin board, and better yet, tell your best Terry Martin stories too…
We know where we will be Saturday afternoon and evening… what about you? Even though I am eternally a “Girl on a Budget”, I have every intention of hitting the OC Fairgrounds and getting goggly eyed at all the incredible watercraft up for auction at The Surfing Heritage Foundation’s Vintage Surf Auction (all the details for the event are at the bottom of this post… keep reading!). A taste of every style of surfboard your feet could desire from the 1920′s through 1970′s will be represented over 50-60 craft. The auction is called “California Gold”, so even if you aren’t necessarily in the market for a board, there will be memorabilia-O-plenty up for grabs too… think Original Endless Summer silk screened movie poster, and the beyond rare “The Surf Riders of Hawaii” by the Father of surf photography A.R. Gurrey Jr. Only six copies are known to still exist.
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!
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.
“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.”
Check back here and on all our Social Media platforms often for more about Rachael Tilly and all her efforts in and out of the water.
AhhhHhhhOoooOooooOoooo…. SPRING BREAK!!!! Yes, as you are reading this, I am traversing my way around one of the Seven Wonders of The World… a glorious, magnificent, wondrous, massive hole in the ground known as THE GRAND CANYON. I feel very Clark Griswold. Anyway… on Tuesday we shared five of our ten favorite blog posts. So today, even though I’m busy touching the Earth, through the magic of the internets, I bring you, in no particular order, the other five! Enjoy and your all invited to my place when I get back for fondu and a slideshow of my trip… just kidding, there won’t be any fondu…. and since my place is realllllly small, you’ll have to come in shifts…. actually, maybe when you come over, you could bring the fondu?? …Enjoy!!!
Seventh :: Mickey Munoz on Buzzy Trent and Commitment.
Eighth :: Photo Essay of Our Dory Team.
And, because it makes me laugh every time I watch it… Bucky Barry sweeper skateboards the parking lot for International Surfing Day. Enjoy, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!!!