An Interview: How to be a Mumma and a Kitesurfer


Meet Henri, our She Flies interviewee, with her little monkey, Lily.

As a new Mumma, there are a lot of things to think about and when to go riding is pretty low on that long list. But once you start settling into Motherhood, that unforgotten passion will soon start creeping in. What's normal, when's right, how will baby cope if I ride off into the sunset. We caught up with three new She Flies Mummy's and asked them how they did. Meet Charlie, Henri and Daisy and their beautiful little pumpkins, Beatrice, Lily and Rory:


Hey ladies (and Rory), can you tell us a bit about how you first got into Kitesurfing?


Charlie I went to Mui Ne in Vietnam during my summer break after my first year of University and saw it for the first time. I thought it looked amazing fun although the shore break there looked terrifying! I got back to the UK and was looking for a new social club at Freshers fair when I came across the Kitesurf club. I didn’t even know the club existed and immediately knew I had to join. It took me a year to properly get going but it was totally worth it!


Daisy I was actually going to join the club in my first year of Uni as I knew a friend on the committee but I realised kiting looked far too extreme for me and I wasn't strong enough so I bottled it. Then I saw people kiting during the summer holidays and loved it, so I joined the club at uni in my second year and never looked back!


Henri I was wooed into a first date with my now husband in a snowy December in Rhosneigr (Wales), I think it was 2009? He picked me up from the train station in a battered up Cinquento with an old pink Waroo in the boot and the rest is history. Let's just say there were quite a few tears and years later a lot of love for the sport - and each other of course!



Meet Charlie and her baby Beatrice.


Wow - that is quite a first date! And what do you love about it, or indeed, what has kept you guys addicted for so long?


Daisy For me it's the adrenaline rush, the challenge of learning, being at the beach with the natural elements and the people who did the sport where always so much fun and had a similar go and have fun attitude in everything we did not just kitesurfing. It was kind of easy to stay addicted.


Henri Yea, gosh, so much. The adrenaline, the progression, the stoke post session or scoring something new, the amazing places I've seen when in search of great wind and waves the camaraderie that comes with it; for me it's been amazing and yea, it's easy to stay addicted. But it's pretty rare to meet anyone who is into Kiting that isn't interesting to be honest.


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Charlie For me, I just generally love being outdoors, at the coast and in the water, and kitesurfing is one of the few sports that (particularly in the UK) is often at its best when the weather could be described as ‘a bit crap’. Windy, squally, sometimes pretty miserable but as soon as you get in the water the adrenaline kicks in and you forget all about your frost bitten hands and feet! So when everyone else has written off the day as a terrible one, you can be blasting around and having an amazing time. On the rare occasion we have a sunny and windy UK session, there really is nowhere I would rather be!




Nods all round for that one. Ok, now for these little rascals, how old is everyone here?


Charlie Beatrice is nearly 16 months, and she’s a total joy - most of the time!


Daisy Rory is 7 months


Henri Lily is 9 months, growing up farrr too fast and she is VERY ACTIVE. If she isn't into some kind of sport I'll be surprised as she regularly tries to throw herself off anything she can. In fact, just changing her nappy is an Olympic sport in it's own right, a form of wrestling maybe.




So the big question on everyone's lips, how long did it take you to get back into the water after they were born - and what was the hardest part for you?


Charlie I think it was about 4 months. I was pretty eager to get back into it straight away but she’s a December baby and the depths of winter are never particularly appealing!


Daisy I went in the sea after two weeks just for a dip then went kiting at 5 weeks. I guess the hardest part was judging how far I can push myself as I was worried about pulling a muscle as all your muscles loosen after having a baby.