The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003). Layne then went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008.
On Australia Day 2015, Layne 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.
Layne achieved yet another first in Australian sport by becoming Surfing Australia’s new Chairperson in the latter part of 2015. She is the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting organisation.
2004 Laureus Alternative Sports Person of the year, 2006 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee, 2 time ISA World Masters Champion, Athlete Liaison Officer at the 2012 Olympic Games, Layne’s unwavering commitment to success has seen her awarded on the world stage.
In 2013 Layne was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential surfers in Australia of the last 50 years (The only woman to grace the top 10) and awarded 3rd Greatest Australian Female Athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Dawn Fraser.
Layne is also the proud Founder and Director of her own charity, the Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim For The Stars, empowering and enabling young girls and women to take control of their lives, to invest in their future, fulfill their potential and to put back into the community that supported them on their journey.
Layne currently serves on the board of Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, is an ISA Vice President and long time ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.
Her exploits are astounding, her attitude unwavering and her achievements inspirational.
We are lucky enough to have spent 5 minutes with Layne to get a sneak peek into what life is like for her.
Who is your family made up of?
Husband Kirk, Dad Neil, Older Brother Jason, Younger Sister Catherine, Sister in Law Alicia, Aunty Helen, Uncle Rex, Aunty Sally, Cousin Scott and his wife Adele and son Finn, cousin Elyanne, husband Rex and daughter Olivia.
What is a typical day with your family like?
I live with my husband Kirk and make the time to catch up with my dad once a week, the rest of my family tend to only catch up on big occasions such as birthdays or Xmas so there is no typical day. I see my sister and brother more often, maybe once a month.
Who is one person in your life you are thankful for and why?
My Dad. He has always been my pillar of unconditional love and support, providing me with the independence to travel and the freedom to fail.
Where do you live and if we were to visit you what would you show us?
We live in Sydney and I would show you my trophy room that is full of our awards, certificates, trophies, photos and of course a pool table.
What is your greatest talent or ability?
If you had the attention of the world for just 10 seconds, what would you say?
Always live the life you love and love the life you live. Let’s go Surfing!
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?