Layne Collette Beachley AO 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) www.surfingaustralia.com
Beachley in August 2011
|Born||Tania Maris Gardner|
|Residence||Manly, New South Wales Australia|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
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 2006, Layne was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame.
Beachley announced on 10 October 2008 that she would retire due to her age.
Layne Beachley was born Tania Maris Gardner on 24 May 1972 in Sydney. 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. 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.  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.
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. 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.
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. She was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her back to back world titles in 1998 and 1999.
- Laureus Awards - Layne Beachley
- Surfers’ Hall of Fame - Layne Beachley Archived 9 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Layne Beachley Filmography". imdb.com. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
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- "The Howie Games: Episode 15: LAYNE BEACHLEY". Mark Howard. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- "Australian Story - Walking on Water". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 July 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- Sharp, Annette (29 November 2008). "Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly announce their engagement". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney: News Limited. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Layne Beachley". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Layne Beachley". Laureus World Sports Awards. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "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. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Beachley rides top of Australia Day honours". Sky News Australia. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Layne Beachley". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 23 August 2000. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Layne Beachley.|
- Official website
- Layne Beachley on IMDb
- Aim for the Stars Foundation
- Interview of Layne by pro surfer Amee Donohoe
| World surfing champion (Women)
| World surfing champion (Women)