SURF­ING MUMS HIT SCREEN

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

“I HAD this big smile on my face, I was us­ing this long board that wouldn’t turn.”

Caloun­dra Surf­ing Mums co-or­di­na­tor Erika Rutz re­calls the first time she got back in the surf af­ter join­ing the Aus­tralian ini­tia­tive.

Surf­ing Mums is a 10-year-long ini­tia­tive to get mothers in the ocean with a surf swap sys­tem.

Now the group is launch­ing its doc­u­men­tary Surf­ing Mum’s Jour­ney in Cur­rimundi.

On the Coast, groups are set up in Caloun­dra, Alexan­dra Head­land and the Coolum/Noosa re­gion.

Ms Rutz said at group meet­ings mums would pair off and dis­cuss who would go in the surf first and who would su­per­vise their chil­dren.

Af­ter about an hour of surf­ing the women would swap over.

The Switzer­land-born surfer said it was a great way to “turn off your brain for a while” and, for her, helped with cul­tural in­te­gra­tion.

“It al­lowed me to spend time with mums from Aus­tralia, I could ask ques­tions and started to un­der­stand Aus­tralian hu­mour,” she said.

About 10–15 surf­ing mums reg­u­larly at­tended the surf ses­sions twice a week but Ms Rutz said Caloun­dra was the sec­ond-big­gest group in Aus­tralia with 45–50 mem­bers.

“Perth is the only group that’s big­ger,” she said.

The 25-minute doc­u­men­tary is part of the Gaia’s Daugh­ters project.

Caloun­dra Surf­ing Mums mem­ber Paula Tura said “un­der­stand­ing that fe­male sup­port groups are a po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment and es­sen­tial for good men­tal health and post-par­tum as re­cov­ery”.

“The meet-ups in­clude phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and so­cial­i­sa­tion, so we de­cided to make a movie about women surf­ing be­fore and af­ter hav­ing chil­dren, the strug­gles, the joys and the dis­cov­er­ies,” she said.

Along­side hus­band Wil Aguiar, the pair di­rected the doc­u­men­tary and Mr Aguiar filmed the short story.

Thrills Es­presso, Cur­rimundi, will host the first screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary on De­cem­ber 14.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.face­book.com/events/ 3487783023­70062 or www.surf­in­g­mums.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GO GIRL: Caloun­dra Surf­ing Mums co-or­di­na­tor Erika Rutz get­ting salty in the surf.

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