Layne Beachley appointed new chair of Surfing Australia

Seven-time World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley has once again sailed into the record books by becoming Surfing Australia’s new Chairperson.

She is now the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting Organisation.

Beachley replaces long-serving chairman Norm Innis who steps down after 12 years on the board and 8 years as Chairman.


Layne says she has a vision to bring Australia back to being the dominant performer on the world stage of professional surfing, on both male and female world tours.

“I want more Australian future world champions and Gold Medal winners as we progress towards Olympic inclusion in 2020,” she said.

“To achieve this we plan to significantly expand the High Performance Centre at Casuarina, enabling us to build an even bigger state of the art facility that is recognised and respected worldwide for nurturing and developing future champions. The centre will also cater for broader community engagement across charities, corporate and education providers, offering access to training, ground breaking research and leadership programs, further consolidating Australia’s reputation as the global home of high performance sport.

“I am extremely grateful for the confidence and skill set of the board, which is a result of the leadership and vision for the organisation that has been held by Norm Innis during his 12-year tenure. I am excited to be stepping into this role at such a pivotal time in Surfing Australia’s growth and together with the board we will be setting a course to steer us firmly to the top of the international arena.”

Retiring chairman Norm Innis said the organisation will be well served with Layne Beachley as Chair.

“Having been privileged to know Layne Beachley since she was a teenager surfing for Quiksilver, I have watched her career in both surfing, and the public arena, with great interest. It is fitting that Layne now assumes the Chair to take Surfing Australia into its next period of development. I wish her, and the organisation, all the best for the future.”