By SALLY GORDON
A PETITE female carving the waves on a light blue surfboard drew a crowd of spectators at Yamba's Turners Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
A swarm of surfers, who sat motionless in the water and groups of people perched on Turners rocks, watched as the skilful surfer worked a fairly ordinary 1.5m swell into a spectacular ride.
The lone boardrider was none other than sixth-time women's world-champion surfer Layne Beachley.
The boardriding legend had dropped into Yamba for a 24hour surfing stopover as part of a film shoot for Channel Nine's travel show Getaway.
The Getaway episode, expected to air in about one month's time, will feature Layne Beachley as a specialguest presenter visiting one of her most favoured surf breaks in Australia ? Angourie.
The Daily Examiner caught up with Beachley and the fourperson Getaway film crew just before they boarded Yamba's thriller jetbuzz boat ride at the Yamba Marina yesterday morning.
"I haven't been back here (Yamba and Angourie) for about 10 years, so I was really excited when Channel Nine asked me to do the story," Beachley said.
"I asked if we could go to Yamba because it's a beautiful area," she said.