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'Between The Sets' is first in a series of novels, which is a collection of short stories for an entertaining read. SurfSister caught up with Kymie... the water woman behind 'See You Out There Surf Productions'.
When did you start surfing?
Around 7 years ago, it was a sudden urge... As soon as lessons were over, I couldn't wait to purchase a board and my weekends and holidays revolved around surfing. There has been a few set backs with my health where I have had to re-learn a few times after some time out the of the water. This makes you appreciate it even more!
Your favorite beach to surf at?
Mostly Northern Beaches in NSW, I love the Manly stretch and Palm Beach is great but I like to find somewhere sheltered and put the board in where I am comfortable.
You are a published author, what is it like to sit down and write a book?
It's all a bit surreal. My friends don't surf and thought if I "captured the stoke" in other's stories and put them in a fun read for everyone it could be a "novel way to raise funds" for the new health venture and give an entertaining read at the same time. I owe a lot to those who were kind enough to share a personal surf story (not published elsewhere) and an image for the book. It was really nice when I was interviewing everyone as it took the surfers back to that moment, which has inspired me to do something a little extra with Between The Sets - Part 2.
Do you have any formal training or education?
After High School I attended a TAFE course and worked in Corporate doing Secretarial, PA work. Not till recently I have found where I really want to be outdoors and helping people. After my incident it made me curious to learn more about health, then I enroll and excelled in many courses in the Natural Health Industry. I am a "Complimentary Practitioner" and have a few areas I would like to help others with including fears and phobias, anxiety, de-stressing will be the main ones.
You had a near death experience, can you tell us about what happened and
how that has changed your perspective of Life?
It really changes your values. This could have happened to anyone, all I did was take the bin out. I was bitten by a spider...Over a peroid of three months I was being slowly paralyzed, when it is on the inside it is not visible and testing is limited, long story but it was reversed with antivenom, leaving a few complications - it was euphoric towards the end and to regain feeling and use of limbs (I was literally dragging 1/2 my body around), to smile, to do simple things I was unable, it was like a second chance.
What doesn't kill you really does make you stronger, pushing myself to surf helped with movement, keeping circulation going and those soothing minerals and the salt in the ocean was all part in helping. Also there was inflammation, which was painful and after continous movement, the pain eased, so surfing was my pain relief as I am unable to "pop a pill" and had to resort to other ways, Endorphins. Using the mind can block the pain also.
Can you tell us about "Ocean Therapy"?
Notice at the beach how many just turn up, look to the ocean just being near it, you breath in the benefits, it really calms you, clears the mind. "See You Out There" are creating Mobile Health Units so we can travel and get to those who can't get to treatment centres. The units will be named "See You Out There" (Benefits of Ocean Indoors) "See You Out There" Ocean Therapy is another little venture! There will be various options if some just want to see the ocean, if they want to try surfing , if they want to go on a boat ride, or just a fishing adventure, or 4WDrive with a beach and dolphin watch, we will help make it happen for them.
What is the most challenging thing about trying to get a project like Ocean
therapy off the ground?
Self Funding! When the first unit is up and running it will be easier. It will be franchised and will create alot of employment in the health industry, there are a lot of those with knowledge who are wanting to help, this is going to be the first of it's kind, creative and beneficial. It is also timing, it would be great to have the units up and running now, we are aiming to have the first in place before hayfever season.
What's for the future?
For now, it is words and I am collecting stories for many different books soon to be released to make this happen. Any contributions are welcome, we all love an entertaining read and everyone has a story, it can be a few paragraphs or a few pages, help be a part of making this happen!
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