Layne’s Fan Page

Layne’s Fan Page

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Set your goals, live your dreams, never give up!

FAQs about Layne

Absolutely! Sometimes I reflect on my surfing career and wonder how I managed to do it all! I am in constant pursuit of improvement. This allowed me to maintain my position at the top of the world for many years and now, igniting the potential in others to step outside of their comfort zone to experience a greater sense of fulfilment inspires me. I may be satisfied with what I have accomplished in surfing but I still feel there is plenty of room for improvement and continued growth.

Fear is such a crippling thing but it can also be empowering. Have you had a bad experience that is preventing you from paddling out the back or is it just another “fear of the unknown” episode? The only way to overcome your fear is to firstly identify what it is you are afraid of and why? Secondly, admit it to yourself and share it with others who actually may share the same fear or at least allow you to express it. Finally, confront it! Paddle out the back! What is the worst thing that can happen? Fall Off? Swallow water? Make a fool of yourself? Honestly, I do that all the time! If you are with your friends they won’t let anything bad happen to you and if you relax then nothing bad can happen. Remember, you attract what you fear so be careful what you ask for. The more you focus on what you don’t want, the more you are going to attract it into your life. Be positive and visualise the ultimate outcome.

My advice to late bloomers is that you are never too late to start. Not starting is the only mistake you will make! I met a guy that caught his first wave when he was 77 and I know plenty of women that are getting into surfing at the ripe age of 50+ so grab your board and a couple of friends and just go! You’ll never ever know if you never ever go! It’s always more fun when you have friends to share the water with.

I want to be remembered as someone that made a positive and lasting impact on other people’s lives. I achieve this daily with the support I offer girls and women across Australia through my Aim For The Stars Foundation. Motivational speaking also presents me with the opportunity to motivate and inspire people around the world to take control of their lives and fulfil their inner desires and potential. My role as Chairperson of Surfing Australia will also add immense depth to my legacy. My personal motto is “Never Give Up!”. I’m a lover of life, fun, sun and surf.

My dad is my main source of inspiration, along with my friends and family. I also accept full responsibility for my reality, based on the choices I have made to not only set goals, but then have the courage and conviction to achieve them. The quality of the questions you ask yourself, determines the quality of your life.

I started surfing when I was 4 years old. My dad introduced me to surfing, as he was a surfer along with my older brother Jason. We are a beach-loving family!

I grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney and spent every weekend at the beach, which is where I have always felt the most grounded, connected and relaxed. I have always been a water baby. Surfing keeps my life in perspective, which is why I make the time to do it daily, even if I only have 30 mins.

I played many different sports such as cricket, tennis, soccer, basketball and surfing at school. I loved building cubby houses and climbing trees. I surfed across the pool in my school uniform every morning before school. I attended tennis camps in school holidays. I played Toto from the Wizard of Oz in the school play in year 8 of high school because I was the smallest kid in high school for the first two years.

Surfing is a very physically demanding sport that requires balance, coordination and a huge amount of patience. Surfing isn’t as easy as we make it look! Ask anyone that is learning how to surf and they will attest to the fact that every surf session provides them with a full body workout. 85% of the time in the water is spent paddling, requiring strong shoulders, flexible muscles in the neck and upper shoulder area, a strong lower back and a strong core to keep you balanced. Generally, paddling requires you to balance on your hip bones and rib cage along with a slight hyper extension in your lower back with a long reach and powerful pull through the water with your arms to generate speed and propulsion. Once you have made it out the back to the line up, you now have to ready yourself to turn around and catch a wave, which requires speed, strength and agility. You need to have a strong upper body to be able to quickly jump to your feet and then once your feet are firmly planted on your board you need a strong core and good body rotation to be able to perform turns, along with leg strength to successfully contract and extend throughout the length of the ride. If you surf bigger waves you also need a decent lung capacity and ability to relax under duress when you experience wipeouts. Most surfers do a variety of training to enhance their performance in the water. Weights and a lot of body weight exercises, combined with cardio, gymnastics, pilates, yoga, boxing, cycling, swimming and short sharp sprints. These all positively contribute to a surfer’s physical fitness and confidence in the water. To become a qualified surf instructor, you must obviously be able to adequately surf to ensure you have a deep and broad understanding of your craft. You must understand the skills it takes and your student’s ability to perform them, while being able to highlight flaws, improve on weaknesses, develop strengths and be a positive sound board.

From my experience, Chronic Fatigue is essentially your body begging you for time out. It is the ultimate test in patience, passion and perseverance – The 3 P’s to success! Learning to listen to your body and maintaining consistency in life is quite challenging with so many demands in our busy lives. There is nothing more important than your health and this challenge is a valuable lesson in learning to prioritise. It may not seem so at the time but upon reflection in time it is. Diet is one of the most important things to focus on, along with plenty of water and sleep. I recommend 3litres of water a day and 14 hours a day of sleep if you can find the time!

There are several things I needed to adopt to overcome CFS:

  1. Prioritise you and your health – don’t fit it in when you feel like it. Your body is begging you for a break. Give it one and it will recover faster.
  2. Diet – No yeast, wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, red meat, caffeine or alcohol. All of these things are hard on the immune system, liver and nervous system, slowing your recovery. Read the ingredients of packaged goods very carefully. You will be surprised what products contain things such as yeast and wheat. Just because it’s wheat free, doesn’t make it gluten and yeast free so do your research. I also suggest seeing a naturopath to do a proper food allergy test and blood analysis.
  3. Take it slow and be patient – one day you feel like crap, the next you feel great – don’t abuse the feel good days. Continue to rest through them as well. Honour your body and it will honour you.
  4. Do very limited light exercise such as walking and get as much fresh air and a bit of sunshine as often as you can. Keep your heart rate down to a minimum as this places stress on the body.
  5. Drink lots of water – I suggest a minimum of 3 litres a day, take 8-10g of Vitamin C a day (you can’t OD on this, your body will eliminate all unused)
  6. Be consistent, mentally, physically and emotionally and create a routine that your body can maintain and enjoy. Use a journal to write your thoughts down as this helps clear your mind.
  7. If you know you are coming into a busy period, be diligent with your rest before and block time out to recover afterwards.
  8. Be kind to your body. Don’t beat yourself up. This is a necessary challenge for you to learn to listen to your body, prioritise your health and you in general. You are already struggling physically so weighing into it mentally with negative thoughts and emotions will not assist the recovery process.

As for the negative comments and criticism, people will always have an opinion but you must remain resolute with you and where you are at without seeking reassurance or understanding from most people. Those that love and respect you wont judge you, they are the people you need to be surrounded by.

Read up about chronic fatigue. Understanding what you are going through gives you more patience and appreciation for your body and what it needs.

Rest Up! We fear what we don’t know and judge what we don’t understand.

It’s fun and sometimes challenging. I have days when I don’t feel good or am upset or unhappy but when I walk down the street I always have to put on a happy face regardless of how I am feeling that day, or in that moment. I love the life I lead and appreciate all the opportunities presented to me due to the success I have created. I really enjoy the relationships I share with my good friends and family. I also enjoy meeting new people.

A roast chicken dinner and my husband’s cooking. I also love fresh healthy salads and green smoothies and freshly squeezed juices.

Many! My mum died when I was 6, my dad told me I was adopted when I was 8 which had a profound impact on my approach to life. I suffered two bouts of Chronic fatigue syndrome, numerous surfing related injuries, disappointment, loss, heartbreak, losing my step mum to breast cancer at age 30 and feeling rejected by my peers are just a few.

I have always been an adrenaline junkie, riding skateboards down steep hills from when I was 5 and looking for ways to go faster. That is where my love for big waves was developed. Manly isn’t renowned for big waves but when they did come I always found someone to paddle out with and look out for me. I just love big waves! I love the fear they bring up in me, the adrenaline produced taking off on a monster and the excitement of successfully riding it to shore. Then the paddle out creates the feeling all over again. I started riding big waves when I was about 16. My first trip to Hawaii when I was 18 was such an eye opening experience. The waves are so big and powerful over there so that is where I ultimately fell in love with big waves. If you truly want to ride big waves but feel like you don’t have the strength to do so, prove yourself wrong by paddling out on the bigger days, preferably with a friend so you can look out for each other. The only way to overcome a fear is to confront it but start slow and work your way up. I remember being scared in 3-foot surf until I started riding 5-foot waves and slowly worked my way up. Be patient and careful and never underestimate the power of the ocean.

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 24/05/1972
Birth Place: Sydney
Primary School: Balgowlah Heights
High School: Mackellar Girls
Star Sign: Gemini
Marital Status: Married to Kirk Pengilly
Lives: Queenscliff, Sydney, NSW
Favourite Break: Freshwater
Favourite Beach: Manly, Sydney, Australia
NRL Team: Manly Sea Eagles
AFL Team: Sydney Swans

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