Layne's Open Road
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Sydney, New South Wales Australia
Public Television: Season Five
being the best, challenges, learning, learning experiences, loss, mistakes, money, sacrifices, selfish, single parent, stock broker, surfing
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.