FOUR CHICKS ON STICKS
This is the story of Debbie, Sheree, Danielle and Jill – four middle-aged Australian working women who met in the ocean and became the Chicks On Sticks.
(From left) Sheree the dancer, Debbie the health advocate, Jill the career woman and Danielle, the marriage celebrant. All photographs Bruce Usher.
Through surfing they healed their hearts, bodies, minds and souls and decided to set down the stories of their unique friendship and personal journeys.
The result is the book Taking the Drop and The Hoopla is proud to bring you this exclusive first look.
So make yourself a cuppa and settle in for an inspiring read…
“Taking the Drop is an inspirational journey of four everyday women of 45-plus who wanted to share another kind of surfers’ world. From varying backgrounds, they met in the ocean and have developed close and affirming friendships since sharing their first wave together.
“They wrote this book not only to provide an entertaining and inspiring insight into surfing, but also to share their very different stories of how a group of Australian working mums came together to forge stronger identities, increase self-esteem and find happiness and solace within the ocean – mother nature’s realm.
“Between the four women they’ve had some major hurdles to overcome: Debbie shares her issues with low self-esteem, early menopause, and finally finding the path to a healthier lifestyle, which led to her losing 20 kilos in a year. Danielle overcame major back surgery after discovering a three centimetre tumour inside her spinal cord, made a full recovery and is now back in the water surfing as if nothing ever happened. Jill deals with two teenage daughters on a daily basis and writes how her aim in life is to find the perfect balance between husband, children, work and leisure. And, finally, Sheree, who battled thyroid cancer 18 years ago – then only 15 months ago had the rug pulled from under her when her marriage of 28 years to David Atkins came to a sudden end.
“It’s obvious that this story is not just about surfing. It’s also about friendship, trying to keep balance in and out of the water, and having a good laugh (and sometimes a good cry) along the way.” - Taking The Drop
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