Layne Beachley

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Layne Beachley
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Beachley in August 2011
Personal information
Born (1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 41)
Residence Manly, New South Wales Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Surfing career
Best year 7x World Champion 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006

Layne Beachley is a former professional surfer from Manly, New South Wales. She won the World Championship seven times.

Surfing career[edit]

Beachley was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California.

At the age of 16 Beachley became a professional surfer. By the age of 20 she was ranked sixth in the world. Beachley became the Women's ASP World Champion in 1998, and won the title again in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. The first woman in history to gain 7 World Championships, six of them consecutive.

In 2004, Layne was given a wildcard entry into the Energy Australia Open held at Newcastle, one of the rare occasions a woman has competed in a men's surfing event.[1]

Beachley announced on 10 October 2008 that she will retire due to her age.[2]

ASP Women's World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
1993 Diet Coke Women's Classic Narrabeen, New South Wales  Australia
1994 Quit Women's Classic Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia
1995 Rip Curl Pro France Hossegor  France
1996 Cleanwater Classic Manly Beach, New South Wales  Australia
1996 Wahine/Airtouch Pro Huntington Beach, California  United States
1996 Wahine Women's US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California  United States
1996 OP Pro Haleiwa Hawaii Hawaii
1996 Quiksilver Roxy Women's Pro Sunset Beach Hawaii Hawaii
1997 Quiksilver Roxy Women's Pro Sunset Beach Hawaii Hawaii
1998 Sunsmart Classic Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia
1998 Diet Coke Surf Classic Manly Beach, New South Wales  Australia
1998 Tokushima Pro Tokushima  Australia
1998 Kahlua Open Huntington Beach, California  United States
1998 Rip Curl Pro France Hossegor  France
1999 Sunsmart Classic Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia
1999 Diet Coke Surf Classic Manly Beach, New South Wales  Australia
1999 Newquay Pro Newquay  England
1999 Roxy Pro Sunset Beach Sunset Beach Hawaii Hawaii
2000 Billabong Pro Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia
2000 Elleven Pro Women's Huntington Beach, California  United States
2000 Rip Curl Pro France Hossegor  France
2000 Quiksilver Roxy Pro Sunset Beach Hawaii Hawaii
2001 Billabong Pro Tahiti Teahupoo, Tahiti  French Polynesia
2002 Roxy Pro France South West Coast  France
2003 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia
2003 Billabong Pro Honolua Bay Hawaii Hawaii
2004 Roxy Pro Haleiwa Hawaii Hawaii
2006 Billabong Girls Pro Itacare  Brazil

She has appeared in the movies Blue Crush (2002),[3] Billabong Odyssey (2003), Step into Liquid (2003), and the 2001 documentary 7 Girls.

Personal life[edit]

Layne Beachley was born Tania Maris Gardner on 24 May 1972 in Sydney, Australia. Her mother was only 17 years old and unmarried so she was soon adopted by Neil and Valerie Beachley, who lived in nearby Manly. When Layne was only six years old, Valerie suffered a post-operative brain hemorrhage and died, leaving Layne and her brother to be raised by a family friend. Beachley has spoken publicly about personal struggles, including the fact that she was conceived during a date rape and later adopted out. She met her biological mother for the first time in 1999.[4] Beachley was brought up in the competitive Manly surfing scene and was competing and winning against men's heats at 15. It is thought that here is where she had developed her strength and style that would make her an unbeaten world champion and big wave rider. Beachley was always available when possible for any worthwhile cause in the community whether it was for sewerage outfall protests or promoting the sport and charities that she is close to.

She married Kirk Pengilly, a member of the Australian rock group INXS, in October 2010.[5]

Recognition[edit]

Beachley received the Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award in 2004 and was named the Extreme Female Athlete of the Year as part of the Teen Choice Awards in 2005. She was inducted into both the Australian and US surfing halls of fame in 2006, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tracks, June 2004, articles "Get ya own tour" page 29, and Newcastle's Greatest Hits page 78.
  2. ^ http://www.surf.co.nz/news/local/news.asp?newsletterId=6635
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300532/fullcredits#cast
  4. ^ http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/09/29/19941_news.html
  5. ^ Sharp, Annette (29 November 2008). "Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly announce their engagement". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "Layne Beachley". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Layne Beachley". Laureus. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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Preceded by
Lisa Anderson
World surfing champion (Women)
1998 - 2003
Succeeded by
Sofia Mulanovich
Preceded by
Chelsea Georgeson
World surfing champion (Women)
2006
Succeeded by
Stephanie Gilmore