SURFING MUMS HIT SCREEN
“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.
GO GIRL: Caloundra Surfing Mums co-ordinator Erika Rutz getting salty in the surf.