Brooke, Serena

Levelheaded, media-friendly regularfoot pro surfer from Coolangatta, Australia; world-ranked #2, behind fellow Aussie Layne Beachley, in 1998 and 1999. Brooke was born (1976) in Nambour, Queensland, began surfing at Caloundra at age 14, and was the world tour rookie of the year in 1995. "If there's a formula for creating a successful pro surfer," Australia's Surfing Life magazine said of Brooke in a 1997 profile, "then it's come together here: strong, fit, gutsy, somewhat reckless and destructive without being self-destructive, common sense, blonde, and attractively packaged for marketing."

Brooke was a punchy, low-centered surfer, and performed best in overhead beachbreak waves. She dropped off the pro tour after the 2002 season, re-qualified in 2008, finished 17th, then retired from competition.

Brooke was in more than a dozen surf videos, including Triple C (1996), Peaches (2000), and Poetic Silence (2001). She also appeared in Surf Stronger, a 2008 surf fitness video. In 2011, Brooke launched Serena, a line of sports-oriented women's apparel.

Brooke made headlines across Australia in 2013 when she and partner Emma Sheldrake—parents to newborn twin girls—came out strongly for gay marriage.