Layne Beachley

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Layne Beachley
Beachley in August 2011
Personal information
BornLayne Collette Beachley
(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 48)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
ResidenceManly, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Surfing career
Best year24/ 05/1972
Major achievements
  • 7 x World Champion 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
  • 2005 Laureus World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year Award[1]
  • 2003 Teen Choice Awards Extreme Female Athlete of the Year
  • Surfers' Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)[2]
  • Australian Sports Hall of Fame (inducted 2011)
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (awarded 2015)

Layne Collette Beachley AO (born 24 May 1972) is a former professional surfer from Manly, New South Wales. She won the World Championship seven times. Currently she is the chair of Surfing Australia (SA)

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. She is the only woman in history to gain 7 World Championships, and only surfer, male or female to win six consecutive world titles.

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.[3]

In 2006, Layne was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame.[4]

Beachley announced on 10 October 2008 that she would retire due to her age.[5]

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  Japan
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
2004 Roxy Pro Haleiwa Hawaii Hawaii
2006 Billabong Girls Pro Itacare  Brazil

Film appearances[edit]

She has appeared in the movies Blue Crush (2002), Billabong Odyssey (2003), Step into Liquid (2003), and the 2001 documentary 7 Girls.[6]

Television work[edit]

Beachley narrates the Seven Network factual series Beach Cops.[7]

Beachley also voices the Character Calypso in the Australian Children’s Cartoon Bluey on the ABC Network.

Personal life[edit]

Beachley and her husband Kirk Pengilly at the Sydney premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 2011.

Layne Beachley was born Tania Maris Gardner on 24 May 1972 in Sydney.[8] 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 Neil.[9] 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 at the age of 28. Her biological mother already had a nickname for her, beach.[10] 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 sewage outfall protests or promoting the sport and charities that she is close to.[11]

She married Kirk Pengilly, a member of the Australian rock group INXS, in October 2010.[12] They renewed their wedding vows in 2014[13] after Layne lost her wedding ring whilst surfing.[14] Layne first met Kirk in 2002.[15]


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.[16][17] In 2006, she was also inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame as that year's Woman of the Year; the Walk is in Huntington Beach, California.[18]

At the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Beachley was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through support for a range of charitable organisations, as a mentor for women in sport, and to surfing as a world champion competitor.[19][20] She was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her back to back world titles in 1998 and 1999.[21]


  1. ^ Laureus Awards - Layne Beachley
  2. ^ Surfers’ Hall of Fame - Layne Beachley Archived 9 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tracks, June 2004, articles "Get ya own tour" page 29, and Newcastle's Greatest Hits page 78.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Layne Beachley Filmography". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  7. ^ Morcombe, John (26 September 2015). "Surf queen Layne Beachley to call the shots on new Network Seven reality show Beach Cops". Manly Daily. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Layne Beachley". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  9. ^ "The Howie Games: Episode 15: LAYNE BEACHLEY". Mark Howard. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Australian Story - Walking on Water". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 July 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Layne Beachley's special wedding date", "News Corp Australia", October 11, 2010
  13. ^ longhetti, chloe-lee (4 July 2014). "Layne and Kirk renew vows with a new ring". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Layne Beachley has tweeted about losing her wedding ring at Freshwater Beach in Sydney", "SBS News", 23/04/2014
  15. ^ Daisy Dumas "Winning approach: surf champion Layne Beachley on what drives her", "Sydney Morning Herald", March 11, 2016
  16. ^ "Layne Beachley". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Layne Beachley". Laureus World Sports Awards. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the General Division" (PDF). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2015. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Beachley rides top of Australia Day honours". Sky News Australia. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Layne Beachley". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 23 August 2000. Retrieved 26 January 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lisa Anderson
World surfing champion (Women)
Succeeded by
Sofia Mulanovich
Preceded by
Chelsea Georgeson
World surfing champion (Women)
Succeeded by
Stephanie Gilmore