Lilly pumped up after win

A WIN in the opening round of the women's world championship bodyboarding titles has made Gerringong's Lilly Pollard re-evaluate her plans for the remainder of the 2014 season.

After taking out the recent opening round at Pipeline in Hawaii, the 33-year-old is now waiting on the draw for the remainder of the year before making up her mind on whether to take part in the full tour.

"I wasn't really sure about doing the world tour this year, but winning at Pipeline has made me reconsider," Pollard said.

"It looks like the next leg might be in Chile at either the end of May or July, there will be one in Portugal, one in Puerto Rico and one in Venezuela, although the one there might be in doubt because of problems there.

"But I think I probably owe it to myself to give it a go and with such a great start. It would be a shame not to go for it now."

Pollard rates Isabela Sousa as her biggest rival for this year's International Bodyboard Association crown.

"She is a three-time world champion and easily the most incredible women's bodyboarder I have seen.

"The fact that she was beaten in the quarter-finals at Pipeline also probably gives me a bit more incentive to give the title a shot," Pollard said with a grin.

However, the financial burden will likely prove the biggest hurdle for Pollard.

"I am lucky to be living at Werri Beach and only have to walk out my front door to catch some fun waves, while my bosses at the IGA in Gerringong are very supportive and are fine with me taking time off to go to events.

"I get a lot of my necessities covered on tour, but without a lot of cash it keeps the pressure on. But with no family ties and a flexible work, I suppose it makes it easier.

"Bodyboarding is such a fun sport and the people are really nice, which makes it so much more enjoyable."

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