When Margaret “Marg” Cummins closes her eyes, she will be able to nonetheless bear in mind the second her love affair started.
And like all nice love tales, it started with locking eyes.
“I’ve by no means forgotten the primary time I used to be on a wave … I regarded over and there was my buddy on the identical wave — I simply shouted, ‘Have a look at us’,” she stated.
Three years in the past, in entrance of the Gold Coast’s picture-perfect Currumbin Alley, Marg caught her first wave at 70.
It took months to have the ability to arise and to share her first journey on a “occasion wave”, however in that second, Marg knew she had discovered her neighborhood.
“I by no means had a chance to do it once I was younger … in reality, it was very a lot discouraged,” she stated.
“I got here from Sydney and Bondi Seashore. For those who went out browsing as a lady, that was simply an absolute no, no.”
An opportunity invitation to hitch a feminine browsing group modified her life.
“My takeaway from browsing is not being invisible as an older lady,” she stated.
“It is laborious to elucidate however there’s only a sense of neighborhood and belonging … accepting each other for who you’re, and never what you’ve got executed in life.”
Movie captures desires within the making
Marg is one among a number of older ladies featured in a brand new documentary — Taking Off: Tales of Older Girls Who Surf — which premiers this weekend on the Gold Coast.
It showcases ladies aged from 59 to 72, who come from numerous backgrounds and have differing browsing talents, who’re looking for their place within the crowded browsing line-ups on the Gold Coast.
Jennifer Jefferies and spouse Alice MacKinnon are the documentary makers, and passionate surfers, behind the movie.
Jennifer picked up a board for the primary time at 56 and have become one of many founding members of the Surf Witches Boardriders Membership.
With no documentary filming expertise, the couple was impressed to provide these over 55 a voice and a visual place on the planet browsing line-up.
“This movie does greater than inform tales about browsing … browsing turns into a metaphor about what’s doable for girls as they age,” Jennifer stated.
“It invitations its audiences to consider the desires they have not but lived into and reminds them that their time is now to pursue their very own desires and passions, it doesn’t matter what their age.
“When many ladies hit their 50s, they face an enormous danger of feeling invisible, disconnected from society, and generally dropping jobs as a result of they’re informed they’re too outdated.”
She defined it was frequent for older ladies to surprise the place they match into the world, and this impacted negatively on their vanity and confidence.
“Their youngsters go away dwelling and with out the rapid obligations of parenting anymore, they will really feel misplaced,” Jennifer stated.
“Others discover themselves feeling sandwiched between, and overwhelmed by, caring for teenagers, grandkids and ageing dad and mom.
“Nevertheless, this season of ladies’s lives also can give them a chance to reinvent themselves and bear in mind the desires they nonetheless need to fulfil and ‘take off’.”
Sharing a love
Whereas Marg hasn’t mastered the game but, she is worked up to share her journey — alongside paddle buddies the Spring Chickens — with the world.
“We’re from all walks of life, a very eclectic group of ladies, however whenever you’re out within the water, you realize that every one among them has bought your again,” she stated.
“Younger folks will come as much as me now and say, ‘I am unable to imagine that you just did one thing like that at your age’,” she stated.
“Folks say to me, ‘You are such an inspiration’ and I believe, ‘No … what am I doing that is so great? I am simply doing one thing that I like’.”