MUMS GET BACK IN THE SURF

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

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