While most mums are out enjoying a slap-up meal and glass of wine on Mother’s Day, you might see Caroline Cornish catching some waves on Leighton Beach.
The Fremantle mummy is part of Surfing Mums – Perth’s largest surfing mums group who meet at least twice a week at Leighton or Trigg beaches.
A keen surfer, Ms Cornish joined in October last year when her daughter Clover was five months old, but some mums come along with bubs as young as five weeks.
On arriving at the beach, mums ‘tag’ with another mum and take turns going surfing or swimming, and afterwards go for a coffee and a good old chinwag.
Aside from being good for mums’ mental and physical health, it’s a great way for WA newcomers to meet people, and Surfing Mums recently had a refugee from Guatemala join them at the beach.
When she’s not busy looking after her baby or surfing, Ms Cornish is a successful mumpreneur, running the environmentally friendly swimwear brand CEACEA, which makes items you can both swim and work out in, reducing the amount of clothes you need to buy.
Every year Australian’s acquire an average of 27kg of new clothing per person, and discard about 23kg of clothing to landfill.
Ms Cornish’s WA-based company is plastic-free, uses ‘green’ sublimation printing and $1 from every purchase goes to women’s rights organisation ActionAid.
For more info on Surfing Mums see surfingmums.com and if you’re after a stylish ‘green’ mother’s day present visit CEACEA Swimwear www. ceaceaswimwear.com1