Association of Veteran Surfers
The Association of Veteran Surfers (AVS) was established by two returned servicemen who experienced the unique stress and challenges of a military career, as well as the difficulties of transitioning from military service to civilian life.
The AVS co-founders believe there are many aspects to surfing that serving members can relate too. Surfers are out in the elements against the odds, constantly observing their surroundings and always looking out for their mates, while at the same time having fun in a relaxed environment that takes their mind off life’s pressures.
The veteran organisation aims to promote healthy lifestyles and build a strong veteran community based around surfing and mateship. AVS has harnessed the power of what is known as ‘ocean therapy’ or ‘surf therapy’ to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and military-induced stress. Surf therapy is commonly known to provide a cathartic experience as the ocean can wash away negative emotions and put surfers in “the zone” – a flow state that helps them forget the stress and frustration common to ex-servicemen and women.
RSL (Queensland Branch) is proud to deliver this surfing initiative through AVS, and to create another pathway for current and former ex-serving personnel to live more active lifestyles. Our support of this initiative will enable learn to surf days to be delivered for currently serving personnel (entire units can access this free of charge), in addition to beach family fun and surf days for the entire Defence community.
AVS host events on the third Sunday of every month at Currumbin-Tugan Beach. Activities include:
- Surfing lessons and events
- Board hire
- Families and kids welcome.
For more details, contact Matt - 0402 430 232 or follow Association of Veteran Surfers on Facebook