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Senior women find boogie boarding joy on California coast

Karen Helman, 67, rides her boogie board in Solana Beach, California, March 8, 2021. Californian grannies and retired mothers are living it up on boogie boards, riding the waves like kids away from the sunset. For these besties, there was no better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to surf together at Solana Beach, California. 

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Karen Helman, 67, rides her boogie board in Solana Beach, California, March 8, 2021. Californian grannies and more

Karen Helman, 67, rides her boogie board in Solana Beach, California, March 8, 2021. Californian grannies and retired mothers are living it up on boogie boards, riding the waves like kids away from the sunset. For these besties, there was no better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to surf together at Solana Beach, California.  REUTERS/Mike Blake
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"It's exhilarating. There is nothing like being in the water, getting wet, getting cold and loving it," said 75-year-old Patti Fitchen.

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"It's exhilarating. There is nothing like being in the water, getting wet, getting cold and loving it," said 7more

"It's exhilarating. There is nothing like being in the water, getting wet, getting cold and loving it," said 75-year-old Patti Fitchen. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Members put on their wetsuits before a morning boogie boarding session. "Look at these great women," chimed in Christa Stahl, 85, a boogie boarder for almost 20 years. "Nobody's worried about their hair and makeup or how much weight they've gained or lost, they're just real, you know, it's really been special."

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Members put on their wetsuits before a morning boogie boarding session. "Look at these great women," chimed inmore

Members put on their wetsuits before a morning boogie boarding session. "Look at these great women," chimed in Christa Stahl, 85, a boogie boarder for almost 20 years. "Nobody's worried about their hair and makeup or how much weight they've gained or lost, they're just real, you know, it's really been special." REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The boogie boarding group, with members aged 60-90, was founded by Fran Dyer (R) and friends after she retired and moved to the area. "We're not raising children anymore," Dyer said. "Some of us are retired and we need new friends and we need activities. And I'm 74. I want to be busy every minute."

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The boogie boarding group, with members aged 60-90, was founded by Fran Dyer (R) and friends after she retiredmore

The boogie boarding group, with members aged 60-90, was founded by Fran Dyer (R) and friends after she retired and moved to the area. "We're not raising children anymore," Dyer said. "Some of us are retired and we need new friends and we need activities. And I'm 74. I want to be busy every minute."  REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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For Christa Stahl, riding the waves on her belly is bliss after 85 years of ups and downs. "To find something to do that makes you forget all that and feel optimistic, I think that's the toughest part," she said.

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For Christa Stahl, riding the waves on her belly is bliss after 85 years of ups and downs. "To find something more

For Christa Stahl, riding the waves on her belly is bliss after 85 years of ups and downs. "To find something to do that makes you forget all that and feel optimistic, I think that's the toughest part," she said. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Lora Wheat, 73, laughs. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Lora Wheat, 73, laughs. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Lora Wheat, 73, laughs. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Karen Helman (L) follows her grandson Grayson, 7, to the beach with Loraine Vaught (C). REUTERS/Mike Blake

Karen Helman (L) follows her grandson Grayson, 7, to the beach with Loraine Vaught (C). REUTERS/Mike Blake

Karen Helman (L) follows her grandson Grayson, 7, to the beach with Loraine Vaught (C). REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A member of the group holds her boogie board before hitting the waves. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group holds her boogie board before hitting the waves. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group holds her boogie board before hitting the waves. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A member of the group rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Pam Shetler rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Pam Shetler rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Pam Shetler rides a wave. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Jackie Zucker rides her boogie board. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Jackie Zucker rides her boogie board. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Jackie Zucker rides her boogie board. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The group gathers for a picture after their morning boogie boarding session. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group gathers for a picture after their morning boogie boarding session. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group gathers for a picture after their morning boogie boarding session. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The group hits the beach. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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