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Layne Beachley Classic 2008 Launch at Henry Afrikas

The 2008 Beachley Classic was launched at the perfect venue – Henry Africas right on Manly Beach.  The sponsors for the night Oakley, Corona and Killawarra  put on a terrifc party.

It feels a little strange to be writing this as my thoughts go back to Layne as skinny young teenager standing in our dining room declaring that she was going to be Australia’s greatest women surfer ever.  Well she certainly achieved that – and a whole lot more. 

It is well documented that Layne has not had an easy life.  It is testament to her strength of character and shear will that she she has not only survived in a male dominated sport but that she has excelled to the point that she is regarded as the best surfer the world has ever seen. 

I can’t help but ponder the fact that if she was of the other gender Manly Beach would by now have been re-named Manly Beachley.

As a kid Layne would trawl around the surf shops looking for sponsorship and there she was SEVEN world titles later still struggling  for sponsorship for the Beachley Classic. 

At the last minute the CBA bank, through it’s Local Business Banking arm, jumped in and helped save the day so this great event on the world surfing calendar could survive. 

So cheers Oakley, CBA Local Business Banking, Dairy Farmers and the NSW Dept of Sport and Recreation you are certainly backing a winner.  The Beachley Classic begins 9 October 2008.

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas
Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas.  Image: MiSociety
Jo Jo, Rob Bini and Lindy Smith

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas.  Image: MiSociety
Nicole Molnar

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas.  Image: MiSociety
Anita Vidot and Catherine Shen

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas.  Image: MiSociety
Tara Alli (features Editor Aust.Women’s Health) with Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley Classic Launch at Henry Afrikas.  Image: MiSociety
Chloe, Elfie and Carina Lewis

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