Meet The Team

Emma Bracken

Founder, CEO, Occupational Therapist and Surf Coach

“I am most passionate about supporting people to live their most authentic, happiest lives. I want to see everyone in the world thriving, feeling understood and to see more laughter and more kindness in the world. I know this can be achieved through more empathy and connection with others and shared enjoyment in activities which bring has back to our innate being.

I wanted to share the gift of the ocean with others, because I know how much joy it can elicit.  I have been working with people with different abilities for over a decade and nothing brings me more joy then to just ‘be’ with people.

Through clinic based and community based OT I have witnessed many of the struggles and challenges families and individuals face on a daily basis. I wanted to do something about it, that would support change in the moment whilst also supporting long term development. I love celebrating differences, people who think outside the box and I love learning from everyone around me.

I absolutely LOVE being with our AS team, the kids and all the belly laughter we have together.”

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Matty Bracken

Therapy Practice Manager, Physiotherapist & Surf Coach

“I love anything outdoors, adventures, travel and meeting new people in strange places. I love being challenged and learning new things.

Ability Surf helps ground me in the community. The intimacy of connection with others, all whilst being outside in our beautiful natural environment. To help others experience something new and challenging, and to watch them develop and grow.”

Meagan Van Aswegen

Occupational Therapist & Surf Coach

“My name is Meagan but everyone calls me Megs. I love being at the beach and in the ocean, I also love dancing, visiting new places and spending time with friends.

I feel like the luckiest person ever to work at Ability Surf because I get to have fun at the beach with amazing kids, their families and the best team. I love watching confidence grow being in the water and kids smashing goals they maybe didn’t think they could do. I also love that I learn so much from every single person I get to work with!”

Tara Elliott

Allied Health Assistant (Occupational Therapy student) & Surf Coach

“I love being out in nature, you will find me in the ocean in my spare time. I love working wth Ability Surf because the team feel like family. I feel so inspired by the staff and we have a blast working together.

My love for surfing is forever growing and I have always imagined working in a career that allows me to spend time in the ocean. The children bring so much joy to life each session and I feel very grateful to work for Ability Surf.”

We can’t wait to share a wonderful surfing and ocean experience with you!

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0493 070 121 to chat to our friendly team.


    We acknowledge the Bundjalung people of the Bundjalung Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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