Veterans of Combined Forces Surfing Association (VCFSA)

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Our goal is to help the veteran community of New Zealand, to come together, experience comradery, to make memories, to surf.

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Our goal is to help veterans whether wounded by physical or physiological effects of their service. We need assistance in raising funds to allow us to put free surfing events up and down New Zealand.

We aim to hold regular events bringing the veteran community together. At these free events we will be offering, to our members, free surfing lessons, equipment hire i.e. wetsuits, surfboards, beach BBQ, tea and coffee, surfing competitions, merchandise to purchase and free surf sessions.

These events are completely funded by VCFSA NZ and are offered to veterans, anyone that is still serving and the wider veteran community.

Transitioning into civilian life comes with challenges and risks such as, PTSD, depression related illnesses, alcohol/drug abuse and suicide. With other campaigns raising awareness of the increase. Most Veterans struggle to find a career/life balance that matches the defence force, many isolate themselves, feel as though they don't fit in, have relationship problems, with some never finding a way to get back on track. Loneliness and boredom after serving adds to the problem.

Surfing is physically and sometimes mentally challenging. These equivalent risks/challenges are like being in the forces.

Surfing turns the focus from ourselves and forces us to live in the moment. This allows anxieties to be pushed aside. Surfing is not the solution to all ones woes or social problems, its not a cure but there is definitely something there....something that gives us something....

VCFSA'S founder and I am sure many veterans alike (not forgetting their family members) may have all shared and experienced similar trials and tribulations transitioning in to civilian life. Surfing and enjoying beach culture with VCFSA can offer a healthy and fun way to relieve these stresses.

When you are standing up riding a wave connected with the ocean and being given a ‘hoot’ of your fellow veterans there is no feeling quite like it.

We aim to publish, educate, research and have available resources on mental health from the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Mauri tu mauri Ora, Veterans affairs, Returned Service Association and similar overseas agencies and have available partnering professional support services catering to the needs of our members.

It's important to note we don't offer a counselling or clinical service, neither can we recommend GPs or counsellors, but we can point you in the right direction to get the help you need and support you all the way.

More about us

VCFSA are committed to bringing the wider community of veterans of combined forces together in the ocean and on the beach, we are calling this ocean therapy through surfing.

It doesn’t matter what service you were in, territorial or regular, how long or how short your career was; how many deployments you did, operational or non-operational, whether you’re an experienced surfer or a beginner, fully fighting fit or with a disability there is always an Emergency Rendezvous Point (ERV) for you and your family at VCFSA. You can be reassured you will be given a warm welcome there is no pressure, just you, the waves and a group of likeminded people. (and maybe a few professional surfing instructors to help along the way)

VCFSA is incorporated under the charitable trust Act 1957.

A non-for-profit organisation.

We aim to hold regular events up and down the country bringing the veteran community together. These free events we will be offering to our members free surfing lessons, equipment hire i.e. wetsuits, surfboards, beach BBQ, tea and coffee, surfing competitions, merchandise to purchase and free surf sessions.

These events are completely funded by VCFSA and is offered to anyone that is still serving, veterans or part of the wider veteran community.

We aim to publish, educate, research and have available resources on mental health from the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Mauri tu mauri Ora, Veterans affairs, Returned Service Association and similar overseas agencies and have available partnering professional support services catering to the needs of our members.

It's important to note we don't offer a counselling or clinical service, neither can we recommend GPs or counsellors, but we can point you in the right direction to get the help you need.

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  • Rowan

    Rowan on 28 Jul 2019

    $50

    Great day in Waihi! Thanks again team.

    $50

  • Andy

    Andy on 06 Apr 2019

    $50

    Magic work folks!

    $50

  • Electricity Engineers Association

    Electricity Engineers Association on 01 Apr 2019

    Private

    Private

  • J Doevendans

    J Doevendans on 26 Mar 2019

    Private

    Great going guys, was a great intro on Sunday. Thanks so much for your time and lease of the boards

    Private

  • Christine

    Christine on 25 Mar 2019

    $25

    Fantastic day out on Sunday - great work Bobby

    $25


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