BEACH DATE: Danya Hodgetts with her twin sons Jake and Jordan (3) is encouraging other parents to get down to the beach after starting a Surfing Mums Australia group.
BEACH DATE: Danya Hodgetts with her twin sons Jake and Jordan (3) is encouraging other parents to get down to the beach after starting a Surfing Mums Australia group. Chris Ison Rokcsurf

Rocky mum returns with sun and fun in Surfing Mum's event

COMBINING the playgroup idea with a beach setting, Danya Hodgetts wants to see CQ mums have fun in the sun at Surfing Mum's Australia.

Returning back to Rockhampton for work and to raise her family only last week, the mother-of-three moved to Byron Bay for two years and re-established the event there after reading about it in a magazine.

"I just thought it sounded awesome and was just like a mother's group at the beach instead of at the park or at a coffee shop," she said.

"It's also really great for the kids to make them water and surf aware because they're going to the beach every week."

Surfing Mum's Australia is a non-profit organisation with over 150 members run by a team of volunteers with a passion for surfing, held at beaches all across the country.

A research adjunct at CQ University with a background in surf lifesaving, Danya was a member of Emu Park's Surf Life Saving Club and also in NSW.

"I grew up at the beach with a father who surfs, and I'd really like my kids to have the same experience," she said.

"Surfing and going to the beach is a great stress reliever for me, a great way to break away from the everyday, it's good for your body and soul."

Calling themselves (SMA) the peak body for surfing families in Australia, Danya said it was a great day out for mums and kids to socialise.

"The way it works is we'll all take turns watching the kids and then the rest of the mums can get out and have a surf and get their own time for 20 minutes," Danya said.

"And it's not just for mums, we've had dads bring their kids down as well, and you don't have to know how to surf either, even if you just want to paddle or swim, anyone is welcome. The thing I like about is we already all have something in common so you can meet with like-minded mums and have fun."

Surf's up

The group will meet every Wednesday from 10am at Kemp beach.

Email centralqueensland @surfingmums.com to get involved.



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