Layne's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Sydney, New South Wales Australia

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

LAYNE BEACHLEY

Professional Surfer

“It's not so much what you do, it's just how well you do it, and that you do, do it.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Experience Regrets Talent Success

TAGS:

being the best, challenges, learning, learning experiences, loss, mistakes, money, sacrifices, selfish, single parent, stock broker, surfing

BIOGRAPHY:

At just eight years old, Layne Beachley (who began surfing at age four) was determined to be the best at "something," and she initially thought that something was a stockbroker. After spending two weeks on the stock exchange with a family friend, she scratched it off the list, finding the experience stressful and overwhelming. About the same time, in 1988, she started competing as a surfer. After winning her first event, Layne decided to commit her whole life to being the best at surfing. And she did just that, winning seven world surfing titles, something no other female surfer has done. Along the way, she faced great challenges, stress, injuries and personal sacrifice. But at the end of the day, Layne achieved exactly what she wanted to achieve—being number one.

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