Layne Beachley has never had it easy, but you would never know it based off of both the personal and professional accomplishments she has earned over the years. Through personal hardship, heath issues and political and professional battles, she rose to the top once again in 2006 and claimed her seventh World Title. This accomplishment, along with several historical big wave drops, multiple video segments and numerous professional awards (such as being inducted to Surfing’s Hall of Fame in 2006), makes Layne Beachley arguably the best female surfer to ever exist.
Layne’s style of surfing is similar to her personality—strong, aggressive and steady. She’s looking ahead to break more records and start new projects, like the upcoming Layne Beachley Classic which takes place October 8-14 at Northern Beaches, NSW, Australia. She will also be serving as the Austrailian women’s coach at the Summer X Game’s first women’s surf competition. When she’s not surfing, she’s staying busy with her founded charity, Aim for the Stars , a foundation that supports the cultural, academic and sporting dreams of young women. She also rocks out on tour with her INXS guitarist boyfriend, Kirk Pengilly.
For more about Layne check out her feature article in Issue No. 3 of Oakley’s One Icon Magazine.
Q & A
Number of years participating in your sport
Party animal or mellow TV on the couch?
Depends on where i am ...... holidays- party animal, at home- tv and the couch is wonderful
What move / trick are you working on?
Just getting in the water is something that i have to work on weekly. It is amazing that the more successful you become at something the less time you actually have to enjoy it.
Any last words?
Life is a challenge..... what you fear you will attract, so play fair and have fun.
To me, Oakley is
A family that takes care of those who take care of them. An innovative company that has wonderful vision and a great team of people that are always there to help.
When did you start your sport?
If you could be someone famous, who would you be?
Do you have any other special talents (music / write / draw / paint)?
I love to cook and apparently I am really good to snuggle with. I like to do public motivational speaking , and think I am a decent enough tennis player.
What is more important to you than surfing?
Love, health and happiness
Who / What inspires you?
People that put themselves on the line to achieve goals. Positive people and friends that love and support you no matter what
What are your favorite songs currently loaded onto your Thump?
I don't have a pair but if I did it would be loaded with INXS tunes
If you were not a pro surfer you would be?
If I wasn't a pro surfer I always wanted to be a pro tennis player. Then again I wanted to be a stock broker too but fortunately that didn't work out either.
Bands: INXS, Faithless, Seal, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble Films: Shawshank Redemption, Toy Story, Austin Powers 1, 2, and 3, The Last Samurai and Zoolander Books: Atlas Shrugged, Conversations with God, Thesaurus, French Letters, Never Ending Story TV Shows: I don't watch enough of it to have a favorite show. Drink: Vodca lime and soda, red wine and water!
5 Items I can't live without
Bikini's, moisturizer, deodorant, mobile phone and a bottle of water
Years as a professional