Last Remembrance Day, a group of surfers, all veterans, paddled out near St Michael’s Mount near Marazion in Cornwall to pay their respects to the fallen.
This group are members of a charity called SurfAction that helps combat veterans through surf therapy. The charity, set up by Gulf War veteran Rich Emerson, offers twice-weekly sessions to veterans, and, while these are about more than surfing alone, the release to be found in riding the waves is the start of a healing process encouraged by the sessions.
Many of the veterans who turn up at the sessions are in a desperate state, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after witnessing horrific sights in conflict zones, or suffering from physical injury.
As well as the release to be found in the waves, the charity offers psychological support and help with getting back into work and getting veterans’ lives back on track.
The charity helps support many veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical injuries and numerous welfare issues, including employment, debt, and housing, and their families.
Perhaps this is something us Canadian surfers/brands/shops could organize for our troops here? In the meantime, follow this charity on Twitter: @SurfAction and DONATE HERE
Further, for every $100 purchased on our website today we will donate $25 to the SurfAction charity. Lest we forget.