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Lizzie in wetsuit with Ann zipping her up

Getting a little help from Anne

 

Ballon with Happy 40th Birthday

Happy Birthday Lizzie!

 

Lizzie singing from a book

Entertaining the Mamas during the first Wilsons Prom Surf Trip

 

Organic chocolate stack

Organic chocolate anyone?

 

Lizzie wading into Inverloch Mains with surfboard

Getting reading to ride those waves...

Lizzie Price Nametag

MEET LIZZIE PRICE

YOU HAVE BEEN A SWELL MAMA MEMBER FOR A LONG TIME NOW. WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME A SWELL MAMA?

In February 2008 I was walking down Bayview Avenue and Geraldine invited me to come along. A few days later another Swell Mama asked me along, and I thought a pattern is emerging, I’ll give it a go. I had never surfed but have had a lifelong fascination with the beach, and have always found waves to be a glorious, meditative and utterly mysterious sight to behold. Getting in the water and riding those waves seemed a natural transition.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SWELL MAMA MEMORY?
I have to take two memories. The first time I stood up and rode a wave to shore, I found it magical, then I jumped off the board into about a foot of water, and I thought perfect! At the end of term one this year there was a 4 pm swell mamas session. I took my three kids and it was amazing. There must have been 50 in the group, kids included. The sun was warm, the waves were gentle, the mood was buoyant. My daughter ran in and out of the waves endlessly with her friend Yarrah. My twin boys jumped wave after wave. We stayed till 6 pm. It was a perfect blend of sun, friends, fun, and surf.

YOUR LOVE OF YOGA MAKES YOU ONE FIT, FLEXIBLE CHICK! HAS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR SURFING?
The difference it’s made is that I have a rocking core which means I know how to move my body to create the right balance, once I manage to stand! I am hardly ever sore afterwards because I stretch a lot through my yoga. Also there a lot of similarities between salute to the sun and jumping up on the board. Plus both these activities (along with a few others) bring me inner peace.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A YOGA TEACHER?
It keeps you really fit. It keeps you in touch with an activity which crosses over a lot of disciplines, in that its physical, but its also meditative. Psychologically and emotionally, immersion in yoga has calmed me down a lot. I love the connection with my students. I love seeing them improve, I love imparting what I know, I love seeing my love of yoga reflected in them. I like growing as a teacher. Yoga is a constant. It can be done anywhere, at any time, its not restricted by equipment or finances. Once you know a few poses they can carry you for a long time. And its always evolving. There is also something mysterious about yoga. Like seeing waves gliding into shore, I don’t quite understand its effect on me, but I know that whatever that effect is, I am eternally grateful for it.

RUMOUR HAS IT THAT YOU ARE TURNING 40 THIS MONTH?
Apparently so. Although I still feel 33. Actually sometimes I feel 3. I am actually proud to be 40, to be a mum, to have my little family, to own a small business, to be living by the sea. Aiming for higher ground of course, like turning on my surfboard! Not just a destination, but a journey.

IF WERE TO BE GIVEN YOUR PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A yoga retreat in Byron Bay, Bali, Fiji … the list goes on. Plus after emerging from said retreat, my lovely little family are there to stay with me for a month long holiday.

IF YOU WERE WRITING A BOOK ABOUT THE FIRST 40 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE BOOK BE TITLED?
I made it. And I’m still smiling.

WHAT WOULD EACH OF THE CHAPTERS BE CALLED?
Chapter one: Eighth of Nine, survival of the fittest.*
*Yes I have eight siblings. Yes we’re Catholic.

Chapter two: Tits and Tampons.*
*despite growing up with 6 women in the house, and attending an all-girls high school, the facts of emerging womanhood remained – inexplicably – shrouded in mystery!

Chapter three: Cherry ripes and Carob coated rice cakes*
*in case you are wondering this chapter is about my transition from slovenly uni student to healthy 28 year old.

Chapter four: who’s that cutie in the vintage shirt?*
*details the winning over of Mr Ferguson. Remains won over.

Chapter five: But I only just thought of it.*
*this chapter covers the birth of my daughter. The day I found out I was pregnant I was already six weeks in but we’d only been trying for 3. The title encapsulates my reaction to the pregnancy test.

Chapter six: Dreams do come true.*
*the twins. Always wanted twins. Strange but true.

Chapter seven: Wave street and I.*
*this covers our move to inverloch, and the escalation of my love affair with the ocean.

IF WE WERE TO READ THE BOOK OF LIZZIE, WHAT IS ONE THING THAT WE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO DISCOVER?
Hmmm. You might be surprised to discover that I have an enduring love affair with chocolate and often carry around organic chocolate in my yoga bag for sole use only, just to boost those moments when I am feeling stretched (and I don’t mean yoga). I also have a secret desire to have had 9 children, but as that is not possible, then entertaining the concept remains entertaining.

CAN YOU PLEASE WRITE THIS BOOK?
It turns out I have quite a bit of spare time, so, yep, I’m on it.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY?
Just that I love being a part of the swell mamas and all the marvellous ambitions that they strive for (and have already achieved!). It’s a group I am proud to be a part of. Incredible group of women.