Perth Surfing Mums tackling SurfAid cup for charity

Surfing mums Ally McVicar (Mt Lawley), Elke Seppanen (Inglewood), Annie Mussell (Trigg), Clare Combe (Gwelup), Claire Glendinning (Subiaco) and Kellie Baldwin (Sorrento).
Surfing mums Ally McVicar (Mt Lawley), Elke Seppanen (Inglewood), Annie Mussell (Trigg), Clare Combe (Gwelup), Claire Glendinning (Subiaco) and Kellie Baldwin (Sorrento).

A GROUP of mothers are hitting the surf to help deliver health services to people in remote communities.

Kellie Baldwin is part of Perth Surfing Mums, a group that meets at Trigg, Mettams and Scarborough beaches and aims to get mothers back into surfing after having children.

She and seven fellow members are taking part in the inaugural SurfAid Cup Perth held in Trigg and Scarborough on August 4.

“The SurfAid Cup Perth is a tag-team surf competition open to long or short boarders, with nine teams each committed to raising at least $5000 in order to compete,” she said.

“Each team is made up of four amateurs and one pro or local legend.”

Ms Baldwin said the Surfing Mums initiative began in Byron Bay in 2008 and the Perth group started not long after.

Parents partner up so they look after their own and their buddy’s children while the other surfs, then they swap.

“Perth Surfing Mums gives mums an opportunity to meet up, surf and have fun,” she said.

“Our goal is to continue to build this community and network for parents, and provide the opportunity for them to surf without having to arrange alternative childcare.”

The group has raised nearly $10,000 for SurfAid, which works with Indonesian island communities to improve access to clean water, healthcare and nutrition, and is holding a yoga fundraiser on July 29 to boost their donation.

THE ESSENTIALS
What: Yoga for SurfAid
Where: Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club
When: Sunday, July 29 from 8-9am
Cost: $15 donated to SurfAid