Surfing is extremely popular in Australia due to our incredible beaches and surf locations. The best surfers in the world come to Australia to surf, but we have some amazing home-grown talent right here.
Australian women have been surfing and 6 of them are world surfing title holders. Here are top 3 Australian women surfers. These 3 have won the world surfing championship several times.
1. Layne Beachley
Born Tania Maris Gardner, is an Australian professional surfer who is a seven-time world surfing champion. Her home is Manly, in New South Wales, Australia. Layne’s professional surfer career started at the age of 16 and by the time she was 20, she was ranked the world best sixth.
Historically, Beachley is the first world championship woman for six consecutive years from 1999 to 2003. Her seventh win was in 2006.
Layne entered a men’s surfing competition event in 2004, making her one of the few women to compete with men. She is enlisted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame as of 2006.
2. Stephanie Gilmore
Stephanie is another professional surfer who has an impressive surfing record. She has won the world surfing title six times, four of which are consecutive from 2007 to 2010. Gilmore hails from Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
Gilmore’s surfing career started when she was 10. She entered world tour events at 17 and proceeded to win 2 wild card competitor events.
Stephanie was also enlisted as a member of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame as of 2010. She is the winner of the 2010 Laureus World Action year Sportsperson award. Happy Gilmore is currently the top athlete on her sponsor team, Roxy.
3. Wendy Botha
Wendy Botha makes the third among the top 3 Australian women surfers. After 1987 when she became an Australian citizen, she won 3 world surfing championship titles. These are in 1989, 1991, and 1992.
In 1987, Wendy won her first title when she was a South African. An induction In California’s Huntington Beach in 2009 included her in the Surfing Walk of Fame. She was credited as the 2009 Woman of the Year by the induction.