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Layne’s Life.

Layne Beachley AO is a surfing legend, claiming a remarkable 7 World titles, the only surfer in the world to win 6 consecutively. Her path to success was peppered with challenges, including adoption, mental illness, life-threatening injuries, and overcoming failures. Embracing setbacks as opportunities for growth, Layne is honest and determined approach to life and success inspires us all. She’s not only a champion in surfing but also a fierce advocate for equality within the sport, a passionate environmental campaigner, Chair of Surfing Australia and champion for mental wellness. Today, her mission is to empower 1 million lives to become more centred, connected and confident through her transformational work at Awake Academy. She still surfs every day, loves Rosé and her biggest weakness is hot chips.

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Layne Speaks.

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. Layne is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and trainer, an author, director and passionate about giving back. 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 is a long term ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

Adding to her extraordinary successes, Layne was recognized 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.

In September 2018, more than a decade after winning her record breaking seventh women’s world surfing crown, Layne returned to the water to win an 8th world title, becoming the first female winner of the WSL World Masters Championship with her victory in the Azores.

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

Layne Surfs.

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.

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  • 24/05/1972
  • Sydney
  • Balgowlah Heights
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  • 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 …


Officer of the Order of Australia


Westpac Thought Leaders Awards Finalist


ISA World Masters Champion


WSL Masters World Champion

Midget Ferelly Lifetime Achievement Award


Women In Leadership Excellence Award

Inducted into Hall of Fame ‘I support Women in Sport Awards’


Appointment of Chairperson of Surfing Australia

Officer of The Order of Australia


Westpac Thought Leaders Awards Finalist


#3 In Australia’s Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time List

#7 In Surfing Australia’s Top 10 Most Influential Surfers of the last 50 years

ISA World Masters Champion


Athlete Liaison Officer for the Australian Olympic Team

Gold Harold Award Winner- Sport Category

Inaugural 100 Women Of Influence Awards Finalist


ISA World Masters Champion

NSW Hall Of Champions Inductee

Sport Australia Hall Of Fame Inductee


NSW Australian of the Year; Finalist

NSW Woman of the Year; Finalist


Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee

USA Surfers’ Hall of Fame Inductee

USA Surfers’ Walk of Fame Inductee


USA Teen Choice Awards; Extreme Female Athlete of the Year


Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson

USA Surfer Magazine Female Surfer of the Year


Australian Female Athlete of the Year

USA Surfer Magazine Female Surfer of the Year

New South Wales Sportsperson of the Year


Runner-Up Australian Sports Star of the Year

New South Wales Sportsperson of the Year


ESPN Surfer of the Year

Australian Surfing Life Magazine Surfer of the Year


Australian Sports Medal; recipient

New South Wales Sportsperson of the Year

Australian Surfing Life Magazine Surfer of the Year


Australian Surfing Life Magazine Surfer of the Year


First world champion title

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