Surf Mama : One Woman's Search for Love, Happiness and the Perfect Wave, Paperback

Surf Mama : One Woman's Search for Love, Happiness and the Perfect Wave Paperback

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Wilma Johnson was living on the west coast of Ireland with her family, balancing the challenges of being an artist, wife and mother, until, in her forties, she was gripped by a deep desire to seize the day, and moved to Biarritz to become a surfer.

The plan hits troubled waters as she arrives in France with her marriage on the rocks and three children who speak no French.

Her first attempts at surfing are disastrous; resulting in bruises, broken bones and a damaged ego, but when she experiences the euphoric feeling of catching her first wave and sets up the Mamas Surf Club, it's all worth it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781849535915



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Wilma Johnson after spending a decade as an earth mother decides to up sticks with her family and move to the coast of France, where they don't speak the language. Determined to become a surf chick she starts to follow her motto of "out of the kitchen, and into the surf."This was a brilliant read. Wilma's self-deprecating humour throughout this memoir is fantastic. There's just enough of it.I love Wilma, I loved how she told her story from surf widow to surf mama. The best parts of the book is when she's out there on the surf, especially battling it out with the men - which seems to not be the done thing.She doesn't hold back, she doesn't cover her flaws, she just lets it all out and that I find inspiring. She doesn't make out that the moment she hit the waves she was a professional surfer, her broken bones, bruises, aches and pains give fact to that.It's made me want to grab a wetsuit, a surf board and learn how to surf.

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