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Friends stunned by Matt Golinski's progress

AMAZING COMEBACK: Matt Golinski having a surf at Alex Headland.
AMAZING COMEBACK: Matt Golinski having a surf at Alex Headland. Peter Hughes Burn Foundation

NEW images of burns survivor Matt Golinski surfing the waves off Alexandra Headland are a testament to how far his recovery has come, his supporters say.

Photos snapped by the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation during its workshop for burns survivors on the Sunshine Coast last weekend made it on to the group's Facebook later in the week.

The aim of the retreat was to bring burns survivors together in an environment conducive to them discussing physical, emotional, social and human interaction issues surrounding their condition.

It was geared towards alleviating and eradicating the social isolation and delivering positive and lasting change to enable them to lead a better life.

Images of Matt catching waves with other friends and burns survivors were shared hundreds of times over social media, accompanied with messages praising them all for their inspirational efforts.

Many marvelled at just how well Matt's recovery had progressed.

It's been nearly a year since the fire that claimed the lives of wife Rachael and three children Starlia, Willow and Sage.

The fire destroyed the family's Tewantin home on Boxing Day and left Matt hospitalised for months fighting third-degree burns to 40% of his body.

In August, Matt vowed to share some of the funds raised for his recovery efforts with other burns survivors, including the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation.

Later in the month, he made his biggest public appearance since the Boxing Day blaze when he ran in the 10km race of the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival.

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