Layne’s World

Layne’s World


Welcome to Layne’s World!

Layne Beachley AO is regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. Layne’s dedication to success saw her as the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles between 1998 and 2003. Layne went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. In retirement, Layne spends her time travelling nationally and internationally as a motivational Keynote speaker for some of the world’s top commercial firms, sharing her stories about sustaining success, overcoming challenge and maintaining a winning mindset. She is also a trainer and facilitator of a series of workshops, igniting potential in everyone she works with. Layne is also the Founder and Director of her own foundation, Aim For The Stars, Chairperson of Surfing Australia and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Layne’s World

Motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and philanthropist, Layne currently focuses her energy on igniting potential in others. Through captivating storytelling and genuine straight talking trainings, Layne thrives on assisting people to focus their mindset on achieving their goals, realise their gifts, dispel self-limiting beliefs and fulfill their potential. Not only is Layne a highly sought after trainer and speaker, she is also a passionate author of newsletters, blogs and books. In addition to Layne’s Keynotes and workshops, Layne is the proud Founder and Director of her very own foundation, Aim For The Stars. The Foundation empowers and enables young girls and women to invest in their future, fulfill their potential and to put back into the community that supported them on their journey. The financial struggles early in her career almost caused Layne to quit! It was the generous empathetic action of one of her employers who presented her $3000 to help her fund her international travels. This inspired the creation of Aim For The Stars, providing financial assistance and moral support for young girls and women to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve.

As if stamping her name in the history books was not enough, Layne has also achieved yet another first in Australian sport through her appointment as Chairperson of Surfing Australia in the latter half of 2015. Layne is the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role of Chairperson in a National Sporting organisation. As a competitor and world champion, Layne previously dedicated 15 years of service as a board member to the WSL (formerly the ASP), committing herself to improving and progressing the sport of surfing. In addition to this, she staged the richest surfing event in the world for 7 years. Layne also currently sits on the board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and is a long term ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

Adding to her extraordinary successes, Layne was recognised for her outstanding achievements on Australia Day 2015, when she was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organisations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.

Her exploits are astounding, her attitude is unwavering and her achievements inspirational.

Layne’s Surfing World

Layne is recognised first and foremost for stamping her name in the history books as a World Champion surfer. In 1988, Layne made her debut on the ASP Women’s World Tour at 16 years of age. She claimed her maiden event win in 1993 and spent two decades travelling the world on the Pro tour. Layne’s single minded focus to be a world champion pushed her to the limits and came at a price as she suffered several injuries, depression and two bouts of Chronic Fatigue in 1993 and again in 1996. Never one to let something beat her or hold her back for too long, Layne continued to pursue her passion to be a world champion surfer. She persevered to win her first, of what was set to be, six consecutive world titles in 1998. Layne went on to win her seventh world title in 2006, which she admits, was her most personally fulfilling win. In 2008, Layne took the decision to retire. An extremely difficult decision for any athlete leaving the sport that has defined them for the majority of their life. However, Layne felt her passion for becoming a world champion was no longer as strong as when she started – she achieved what she set out to do. Layne’s next vision IS to pass on to others what she has spent years learning and mastering – leadership, mindset, inspiration, motivation and determination.

Supporting the Community

We all have a dream but how many of us have the means to turn the dream into a reality?

The Layne Beachley Foundation ‘Aim for the Stars’ was founded by Layne to prevent girls and women alike from enduring the same amount of adversity and financial hardship as Layne encountered to becoming a world champion surfer. Rated number 2 on the world tour, Layne had to work 4 jobs, up to 60 hours a week while training, surfing and aspiring to become the best in the world. Layne’s desire is to encourage, enable and empower girls and women to believe in themselves, invest in their future and fulfill their potential. Encompassing academic, science, business, sport and community pursuits, Aim for the Stars offers ambitious and dedicated females an opportunity to receive financial and moral support to help them achieve their goals. Layne’s support will give them the opportunity to maintain a determined focus on their goal, to achieve their dreams earlier in life and allow them to further their ambitions and aim for the stars.

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, Planet Ark is one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively. As the face of the aluminium can recycling campaign, 31 million cartridges, equivalent to over 13,400 tonnes of materials, were saved from landfill. Layne is currently the face of the Cartridges for Planet Ark recycling campaign.

Supporting the communities in which we operate is a core value of Wyndham Worldwide, best reflected in their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Wyndham in the Asia Pacific has made a range of commitments that are aligned to the regions in which they operate and that are important to their owners, employees and the environments in which they work. At Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, we are committed to philanthropy, our environment and community.

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation raises funds to provide financial and practical support to more than 150 projects which use the power of sport to provide coaching and education to young people in some of the most challenging or deprived environments around the world.

We are a mass movement of women and girls transforming society by taking practical action in our lives to cut pollution, reduce waste, save energy and lead change.

Waterline Challenge is an Australia wide event, with 100% of funds raised going to charity for the purpose of funding medical research, charitable causes, water supply, water quality, plus environmental and ecological projects. It is the brainchild of Julian Day who himself is a three time survivor of childhood cancer. The Waterline Challenge is to circumnavigate Australia’s entire coastline, including rivers, lakes and islands, within a 48-hour period between the 16th to 18th September 2016.

The women on InStyle’s expert panel of judges are leaders in the fields of fashion, business, journalism, design, charity, lifestyle and filmmaking. Layne sits on the panel of judges along with Emily Taylor (Editor, Instyle), Gillian Armstrong (Film Director), Anna Burgdorf (General Manager, Corporate Communications, Audi Australia), Collette Dinnigan (Fashion Designer), Deborra-Lee Furness (Actress and Human Rights Advocate), Cassandra Kelly (Chair, Pottinger), Nicole Kidman (Actress), Elizabeth Ann MacGregor (Director, MCA), Pip Marlow (Managing Director, Microsoft Australia), Louise Olsen (Designer, Artist and Creative Director, Dinosaur Designs) and Jana Wendt (Journalist and Author).

The aim of Australia for Dolphins is to stop cruelty to, and gain legal protection for, small cetaceans (dolphins and other small whales). AFD focusses on small cetaceans in particular because these highly sentient animals have in practice no international legal protection, and are subjected to some of the most extreme cruelty inflicted on animals anywhere in the world.

The Havaianas Beachley Classic is the sixth of eight stops on the women's ASP world tour and features the top 17 surfers in the world and 1 wildcard.

Fun Fast Facts

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  • 24/05/1972
  • Sydney
  • Balgowlah Heights
  • Mackellar Girls
  • Gemini
  • Married to Kirk Pengilly
  • Queenscliff, Sydney, NSW
  • Freshie
  • Manly, Sydney, Australia
  • Manly Sea Eagles
  • Sydney Swans


Layne’s achievements could line the coast of Australia, which are the result of hard work, passion and a focused mindset. Not only has Layne received an Australian Order, created a foundation and taken on the role as Chairperson of Surfing Australia, she has achieved so much more. With this in mind we decided to list some of them below …

2015 – Appointment of Chairperson of Surfing Australia
2015 – Officer of the Order of Australia
2014 – Westpac Thought Leaders Awards Finalist
2013 – #3 In Australia’s Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time List
2013 – #7 In Surfing Australia’s Top 10 Most Influential Surfers of the last 50 years
2013 – ISA World Masters Champion

2012 – Athlete Liaison Officer for the Australian Olympic Team
2012 – Gold Harold Award Winner- Sport Category
2012 – Inaugural 100 Women Of Influence Awards Finalist
2012 – Madame Tussauds Sydney Inclusion
2011 – ISA World Masters Champion
2011 – NSW Hall Of Champions Inductee
2011 – Sport Australia Hall Of Fame Inductee
2009 – NSW Australian of the Year; Finalist
2009 – NSW Woman of the Year; Finalist
2009 – NSW Woman of the Year; Finalist
2006 – Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee
2006 – USA Surfers’ Hall of Fame Inductee
2006 – USA Surfers’ Walk of Fame Inductee
2005 – USA Teen Choice Awards; Extreme Female Athlete of the Year
2004 – Australia’s 50 Most Beautiful Exports Honors List
2004 – Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson
2003 – Australian Female Athlete of the Year
2003, 2004 – USA Surfer Magazine Female Surfer of the Year
2002 – Runner-Up Australian Sports Star of the Year
2001 – ESPN Surfer of the Year
2000 – Australian Sports Medal; recipient
2000, 2002, 2003 –  New South Wales Sportsperson of the Year
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 – Australian Surfing Life Magazine Surfer of the Year

Examples of companies Layne has worked with

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