Mums waive con­ven­tion for a surf

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

TH­ESE mums are mak­ing waves on Perth beaches.

They are among 84 moth­ers who meet twice a week at the city’s surf spots, with mem­bers taking turns to catch a wave as their chil­dren are safely su­per­vised on the sand.

Putting a unique spin on tra­di­tional moth­ers’ groups, Perth Surf­ing Mums was launched 10 years ago as a way to meet up with friends and pur­sue their pas­sion for the ocean.

The Perth chap­ter has since grown to be the big­gest of 36 Surf­ing Mums groups across Aus­tralia.

Ana Manero, an engi­neer from Barcelona, said the group gave her a life­line when she moved to Perth.

“When I had my daugh­ter Juli­eta and son Carlo, I started do­ing a PhD and If found that surf­ing was just what I needed to have some time to my­self,” she said.

“With (a) moth­ers’ group I found the only thing we had in com­mon was ba­bies, and I needed to find a group that shared the same surf­ing in­ter­est as me.”

Mother board: Surf­ing mums Amy Fel­ton, Elke Sep­pa­nen, Briar Zeer, Amy Wil­liams and Kel­lie Bald­win (sit­ting) with Monte, Delilah, Adia, Jack and Lucy at Trigg Beach this week. Pic­ture: Richard Hatherly

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