A GROUP of “older” female surfers from the Narooma area known as the Kianga Doves last month went on a special surfing road trip.
Doves member Nicky Cowie some time ago read the book “Taking the Drop”, a story about four women from Sydney’s Northern Beaches learning to surf relatively late in life.
She was inspired to join the authors’ associated Facebook page and struck up online friendship with one of the authors, Danielle DuBois.
Fellow Kianga Doves member Lin Wilton explained Nicky wrote to the authors sending them a photo of the girls on the beach at Kianga.
“She wrote to the girls saying that we too were a group of women learning to surf later in life and having a blast,” Lin said.
Then last month the surfing girls from Kianga and the Northern Beaches all got to catch up at Bendelong, where coincidentally both groups had planned a surfing trip.
“Nicky and Danielle often chat on Facebook and when we were going to Bendalong for the weekend recently, it turned out the ‘Taking the drop’ girls were going to be there on the same weekend,” Lin said.
Three of the authors Danielle DuBois, Debbie James and Jillian Flitton, one other couldn't make it, all had a great time with the Doves.
“As the ‘Kianga Doves’ had rented a holiday house for the weekend, we invited the girls for dinner on Saturday night and it was a great night of stories, great food - thanks to chef extraordinaire Jane - and lots of laughs,” Lin said.
“We also surfed with them a few times over the weekend, and we were stoked when they told us that we were much better surfers this early on than they were.”
The Kianga Doves collectively attribute their surfing prowess to living in such a fantastic part of Australia, and the constant support and encouragement of Mick Anderson, their personal coach, mentor and all round motivator.
“He always gives up his time to get in the water and help us achieve more and calms our nerves,” Lin said.
“Of course the Kianga Doves internal support system which is also super strong - we are always encouraging each other to persevere despite sometimes being a little out of our depths or not feeling like we are improving.
“We always keep an eye on each other in the water, and this is reassuring to all.
“We always do it with a load of laughs and bright smiles! This is living!”
The book that inspired the ladies can be found at: www.vividpublishing.com.au/takingthedrop/