Charlott at the Beach Box

 

Charlott surfing

 

Anne Charlott Annie surfing in Inverloch

 

Name Tag Charlott Kisvarda
MEMBER OF SWELL MAMAS SINCE FEB 2011

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN INVERLOCH?
We moved to Inverloch in February. I came to Swell Mamas the next week with my bathers and Boogie Board. Lucy soon set me straight. I nearly gave up that day in the change rooms as I was having so much trouble getting into the wetsuit Lucy gave me. I thought ‘if I can’t even get into the wetsuit how am I ever going to stand up on a surfboard?’

AND YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING IN EVERY WEEK SINCE THAT DAY, IN ALL CONDITIONS. WHAT IS THE SECRET TO THIS LEVEL OF COMMITMENT?
I like to keep physically fit so I take any chance I get do some form of exercise. I’ve been blown away by how much surfing takes out of you. So if I can spend 2 hours on a Friday  surfing- I mean attempting to surf- that’s really great. It’s my time too- while the kids are at kinder I’d rather be out in the surf than at home vacuuming!
But the real drawcard is the social aspect. I get to meet all these fabulous women. We spend a lot of time out in the water sitting on our boards solving problems, deep in conversation.

HOW OLD ARE YOUR CHILDREN?
I have twins, they’re five. Heleena and Mattias.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE INVERLOCH IS HOME NOW?
Yes for sure, I love it. I feel like this is where I should be.  The Community feel just blows me away. I walk down the street and see 2 or 3 people that I know, and I’m still meeting new people each time. Everyone is so full of enthusiasm here! I am searching in earnest to find a way to stay.

WERE YOU WORKING IN MELBOURNE?
Yes I worked in Graphic Design. I looking at setting up something from home.

OTHER THAN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND SURFING, WHAT ARE THREE THINGS THAT YOU ARE GOOD AT?
I am just getting back into painting - oils. I have done my first painting in twenty years since I moved here. That’s my meditation. My aim is to get a few pieces together and do an exhibition next year.
I love to travel- is that something you can be good at?
Talking.

I NOTICED THAT. IS IT OK IF WE EDIT YOUR ANSWERS A BIT?
(Laughs) Sure. I can talk to anyone about anything!

WHAT THREE THINGS CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My family, freedom- that’s very important to me, and FUN.I always have to find a way to have some fun in the day.

I REALLY GET THAT VIBE FROM YOU, THAT YOU ARE ABOUT FUN
I always like to have fun, have a good time. Always. (Much laughter)

IS IT TRUE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SHOUT EVERYONE TO A DRINK WHEN YOU STAND UP FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Yes it’s true.

DO YOU REALISE THAT THERE IS OVER A HUNDRED SWELL MAMAS?
Ha! They’ve got to witness it. I’m on Kinder duty next week but the week after if I stand up and you’re out there you’ll be getting a free drink. We could be getting a big group in a fortnight!

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY?
I really want to say a huge thank you to Annie. She is amazing, she’ll suddenly say ‘Charlott, you need some wax’ and run back to the carpark to find some wax for me. She is just fantastic.
Also, if anyone has a size 12 4/3 they want to sell, let me know- it’s time I got my own wetsuit!