Surf’s up for fun Geraldton playgroup

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Prue Piggott, left, Censina Barndon, Lisa Myers and Kate Najar meet at Back Beach every week for a "different" kind of playgroup. Their children Jye and Jobe Barndon, Izzy Myers, Malakai Najar and Kara Piggott give the outings the thumbs up.
Camera IconPrue Piggott, left, Censina Barndon, Lisa Myers and Kate Najar meet at Back Beach every week for a "different" kind of playgroup. Their children Jye and Jobe Barndon, Izzy Myers, Malakai Najar and Kara Piggott give the outings the thumbs up. Credit: Adam Poulsen, The Geraldton Guardian

Lisa Myers organises what she describes as “a different type of playgroup”.

Every week, the 36-year-old meets with a group of Geraldton mums who take turns surfing and supervising while their children play on the beach.

“It’s good to be able to get out of the house and catch up with other mums who are going through the same daily routine — tantrums with toddlers and whatnot,” Mrs Myers said.

“It’s great exercise and we always have fun. If the surf’s no good, we’ll still just go for a swim or play on the beach and build sandcastles with the kids.”

The group is one of dozens across Australia that are part of “Surfing Mums Incorporated” — a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation.

Mrs Myers said members usually met on Tuesdays at Back Beach about 9am.

She said most, including herself, were relative beginners.

“My husband has been a surfer his entire life and I’ve always been the one sitting on the beach watching,” she said.

“I saw the group advertised on Facebook, so I joined up.

“I didn’t have a board, so I had a lesson with Shaun Glass, and then I knew that I was going to enjoy it, so I went and bought a board and never looked back.”

Mrs Myers said despite its title, Geraldton Surfing Mums also welcomed dads, carers and grandparents, adding that members could surf, bodyboard, stand-up paddleboard, or just swim.

She said they met all year round but were hoping to recruit more members this summer.

“Some of us have got big foam boards, so we’re happy for people to test it out and see if they like it,” she said.

Membership costs $52 a year, which covers insurance and other expenses.

For more information visit the group’s Facebook page.

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