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 destruc...