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Beachley AO

7-time World Champion Surfer, Co-Founder of Awake Academy, Champion of Mental Wellness

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Many people will tell you that you can’t. What you must do is turn around and say Watch me!


Layne Beachley is regarded as one of the world’s most successful athletes. 19 years on the pro tour. 7 world titles. The only surfer in history, male or female, to win six consecutive world titles. 5 won in a state of fear. 2 in a state of love.

Her path to success was peppered with challenges, including adoption, mental illness, life-threatening injuries, and overcoming failures. Embracing setbacks as opportunities for growth, Layne's honest and determined approach to life and success inspires us all. She's a champion in surfing and a fierce advocate for equality within the sport, a passionate environmental campaigner, Chair of Surfing Australia and a champion for mental wellness.

Since retiring from professional surfing, Layne has channelled her intensity of a ‘tiger shark’ to continue fighting for causes close to her heart. Protecting the oceans and all that lives in them as a passionate environmental campaigner, paving the way as Chair of Surfing Australia, supporting people through their mental health challenges as an ambassador for Black Dog Institute and RUOK? Day, and empowering humanity to develop its mental and emotional well-being via her Awake Academy. As a highly sought-after motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and presenter, Layne is driven to awaken a groundswell of centred, connected and confident people to design a life they love.

Today, her mission is to empower 1 million lives to become more centred, connected and confident through her transformational work at Awake Academy. She still surfs every day, loves Rosé and her biggest weakness is hot chips.

Layne’s no-bullshit approach to life and leadership is refreshingly real, straight to the point, moving, funny and highly applicable to people in all walks of life.

Talking Points

Achieving Sustained Success

Why do some people achieve greatness while others are left with the disappointment of unfulfilled potential? Layne shares her profound model for sustained success with anecdotes from lived experience, which will inspire your audience to clearly define their vision of success, build their dream team and have them on the edge of their seats riding 50-foot waves. Practical tools for a purpose driven life.

A Winning Mindset

A thought provoking and interactive presentation utilising Layne’s personal toolkit designed to boost your energy, shatter self-limiting beliefs and embrace self-care. This presentation focusses on practical tips and tools to enhance personal wellbeing, uncover the missing link in goal setting and offers a simple yet powerful 5-step self-care plan to prevent burnout so you can win the morning to win the day!

BOLD Leadership

The world is crying out for real, courageous, bold leaders. But what does it mean to be a bold leader? It begins with knowing who you are, what you want and what you stand for. In this presentation, Layne draws on science backed data and her online course material to empower people to establish clear boundaries, reframe challenges, laugh and have fun and build their dream team. Feasible and easily applicable tools fuelling clarity, confident decision making and stronger connections.

Workshop: Resilient Mindset Masterclass

Constant stress without recovery periods severely impacts our quality of life. Simply observe how the fear-based negative narratives of the daily news cycles makes you feel and you may notice the damaging impact on your ability to bounce back from challenges. Resilience is learned, but it takes practice! This practical, interactive masterclass contains exercises anchored in positive psychology and neuroscience. A session designed to equip people with the tools Layne uses to support her mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and master a positive mindset.

Workshop: Awake Academy

Cultivating connection, growth and happiness in Humanity. This 2hour session draws on science-backed activities to help develop positive mental health practices, delivering empowering lifehacks to transform the way you lead, live and love. Delivered and facilitated by Layne and Awake Academy co-founder and former corporate executive Tess Brouwer, this workshop rehumanises the workforce to be more centred, connected and confident.

Expect to be challenged, inspired & enlightened by Layne’s tips & tools that enabled her to become a 7-time world champion surfer & today, a champion of mental wellness.
Layne was fantastic. She spoke well and her story was shared with great passion and humour which was well received by our clients. The feedback has been fantastic with many saying she is the best speaker we have had to date. The auction of her surfboard and her book signing afterwards was a huge success. Layne was great to work with and interacted extremely well with our client. She was perfect for our Client Breakfast! CitiPower and Powercor Australia

Layne was fantastic! Her story and the way she presented it ensured there was something for everyone in it. We also appreciated the generosity of time and graciousness she showed with our attendees for the many photos that were requested. We would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.

Waples Marketing Group Pty Ltd

Layne was amazing. Very engaging and our staff were captivated with what she had to say. The presentation was perfectly pitched towards our high achieving staff with all key messages covered off. Layne also was able to engage with our staff on a more personal level with her stories and this had a huge impact on the group. Layne attended our dinner and spent the evening mixing with our staff which was fantastic.


Layne was a standout speaker, attendee and VIP at our 2018 conference in Noosa. Layne coached some of our VIP delegates and sponsors for a once in a lifetime surfing lesson and the feedback was incredible. She also attended many of our conference sessions too which was great to see and signed books for our excited delegates at a major sponsor’s stand, a wonderful touch and very much appreciated. Her keynote was exceptional. Emotive, considered and inspiring in equal measure. I cannot rate her highly enough.

Recruitment & Consulting Services Association

Layne’s presentation was excellent - combining entertaining anecdotes from her journey to becoming a world champion, relatable personal challenges and a professional approach to achieving individual & team goals. The audience was engaged from start to finish, and I’m confident there will be a lasting impact from Layne’s message. Layne was also very generous with her time, and was more than happy to have a chat and pose for some photos with staff.

American Express International

I loved Layne's energy and passion. She was really engaging and made me feel excited and interested in the discussion. She also made me feel involved in the conversation, even though I was online and not in the same room. Layne helped me to realise that while work/leadership can be stressful & my monkey mind goes crazy, it's super important to take the time to centre myself and bring my mind back to the present and focus on what is important now.

Women & Leadership Australia

Working alongside Kirk and Layne on our Legends at their game event was one of the most inspiring days I’ve had in my career. The whole community and those that were lucky enough to hear from these at our event were blown away by their kindness and commitment to sharing their story to help others. Highly recommend this legendary duo for your next fundraising or business event.

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