NICOLE DE LEON
While I strolled the beach, gazing longingly at a perfectly angled swell at the Queen of the Coast, this was a new challenge for me. You see, I was about to become a mom for the first time, and at six months pregnant it was also the first time in 22 years that I wasn’t able to paddle out.
For anyone, man or woman, who has sacrificed something they’ve loved and cherished as much as surfing, they know even the most dignified the reason, it is not always easy. For myself and many others, surfing is so much more than just a “sport” or “hobby” that can transiently come and go throughout our lives. Because surfing encompasses so many facets of who we are, having to “opt out” for any significant period of time can be quite distressing.
There are, of course, many good reasons throughout our lives when surfing simply cannot be first priority, and I believe these are important and humbling experiences. Surfer parents have all gone through this at some point. For example, when mom is pregnant and can’t paddle out, or our children’s activities require one or both parents to miss that glassy morning session. So I interviewed local surfer moms Heather Hudson, Lynn Cochrane, and Rebecca Frodsham to clue us in on how they balance surfing and parenthood.