MUMS GET BACK IN THE SURF
SURFING Mums is a 10-year-long initiative to get mothers in the ocean via a surf swap system and now the group is launching its documentary, Surfing Mum’s Journey.
On the Coast, groups are set up in Alexandra Headland, Caloundra and the Coolum/Noosa region.
Alexandra Headland Surfing Mums co-ordinator Rommie Beck organises the weekly meet-ups in the area.
She also features in the new documentary alongside other mums and bubs.
When the group meets for a session, mums pair off and discuss who will surf first and who will supervise their children. After about an hour the women swap over.
The 25-minute film is part of the Gaia’s Daughters project.
Sunshine Coast 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,” Ms Tura said.
With husband Wil Aguiar the pair directed the documentary and Mr Aguiar filmed the short story.
“The project aims to interview women that support other women through their fields of expertise: surf, midwifery, counselling, nutrition, literature, women’s circle, yoga, fashion,” Ms Tura said.
Thrills Espresso will host the documentary’s first screening on December 14.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/ 348778302370062 or www.surfingmums.com.