Surf Docs shirts for sale – $35

Surf Docs shirts for sale – $35

Contact Phil Chapman to order – click here to send an email

Zadda’s Blue Leg Saga

Zadda’s Blue Leg Saga

The guys went in with a small boat – not the usual boat that Polly drives. ( Polly usually has a med kit ) Swell was solid, 15ft – up to 20ft sets. The guys were towing, and local surfer Dustin Hollick was on the ski. Zadda got towed into this beast, and lost it on the step at the bottom.

I want to do what he does

I want to do what he does

I am a 38 y/o family physician who has been surfing since I was 5. I recently flew down to Nicaragua to chase a swell (got some really fun waves). While I was in the country I serendipitously was called into action. A young 17 y/o got smacked in his eye with his board-thankfully the injury did not effect his cornea or other important structures. He did however cut his lower lid and was scared he lost his eye.

Nose of board vs face

Nose of board vs face

Then felt my chin and once again ended up feeling my teeth, this time not via my mouth but via the second newly created mouth just below by original one. Better get off to the hospital I thought…

Banjo’s recovery report

Banjo’s recovery report

Thank you so much for your efforts and to everyone involved in Banjo’s time of need, the service you guys provide out there in G-Land is absolutely invaluable, if I can get wifi in the hospital no doubt Banjo will be in contact.


Surf Docs Medical Kit

Surf Docs Medical Kit – OUTSTANDING!

Philip the medical kit was OUTSTANDING, thank you! Jason Stevens cut his hand badly on the first day (2 stitches, but needed about 5 I recon) and he used the kit non stop. A lot of the boys tucked in.

continue reading

Safe surfing tips

Safe Surfing

Get a decent travel insurance policy covering the full duration of your trip, and make sure it SPECIFICALLY includes surfing. Find out if you need any additional immunisations – your GP or travel clinic can help you with this.

continue reading

Traveller's Vaccinations

Traveller’s Vaccinations – by Enoch J. Wang

As surfers we travel to all regions of the world. Often times this takes us to developing nations and tropical regions where many vaccine preventable diseases can occur. The exact requirements for vaccination vary depending on the region.

continue reading

Equipment List for G-Land

Equipment list for G-Land

A fully comprehensive list compiled by Dr Phil Chapman. Don’t leave for G-Land without it!

continue reading

Recent Articles

Surfing Doctors Raffle at FOAMLUST Expo !

Hi guys , The SurfDocs are running a raffle during the upcoming Margaret River Drug Aware Pro  contest in early April . Tickets can be purchased at the FOAMLUST EXPO  which is on during the event . The tickets cost 5 dollars , and the funds raised will go towards funding a project in the Mentawi […]

read more

5th Annual Surfing Doctors Conference 25th August – 2nd September 2014 Plenkung Reserve SE Java, Indonesia.

Getting the ball rolling early this year, with this newsletter and also a provisional G-land Conference Programme. We are currently looking at the 25th August 2014 as the kick-off date. 
As in previous years this Conference will be accredited for CPD points by both the Emergency and Anaesthetic colleges of Australasia. 
If you are keen to come get back to us asap, and hopefully we can get you involved and presenting. 
Courses and Workshops are being looked into, to be conducted at G-land, and possibly the Mentawi Islands.

read more

Don’t get roasted this summer – get yourself some Surf Yogis Zinc!

http://surfyogis.com/products.html

read more

3rd Annual Conference Surfing Medicine: 9 – 13 September 2014 – Ireland

Dear Surfing Doctors and Allied Health Professionals, It is time to take your agenda, and put some waves in it, because the EASD is taking you to the West Coast of Ireland for the 3rd Annual Conference Surfing Medicine! 3rd Annual Conference Surfing Medicine! 9 – 13 September 2014 – Ireland Save the date for […]

read more

Canadian ER Doc, Dr David Gunn, gunning through a decent section at Moneytrees, G-land in June 2013 during his stint there as camp surfdoc.

read more

From East to West – G-Land to the Ments

With the season wrapping up towards the end of October in G-land, it was time to head west to the group of islets located off the western coast of Sumatra. Well-known in surfing folklore for some of the most perfect waves in the world, the Mentawai Islands were calling a few lucky Surfing Doctors crew […]

read more

Silabu Sanitation Project , Mentawi Islands

Hi guys , time for a brief update after the 2013 G-land Conference . At present we have Dr’s Alex Turner and Ant Brown on a mission in the Ments . They are having a good look at the medical requirements in the area , and especially Silabu Village . To assist the guys at […]

read more

Update part 2 – what a difference an inch and a half makes!

Up date part 2 – what a difference and inch and a half makes! I am writing this all In retrospect so I thought I’d stagger the blog a bit to give someone the chance, however unlikely, to get to the end of one of my ramblings! The swell continued to stick around and the […]

read more

End of season big swell!

Howzit from the jungle. Just thought I’d update the blog with the jungle shenanigans of the last two weeks. And what a two weeks it has been! I arrived on the day of the ‘swell of the season’ and anticipation and nerves were running high right from the start as 4 out of the 7 […]

read more

Pre-conference

With this years annual Surfing Doctors conference just around the corner the froth is at an all time high. Following a number of requests we have turned on an epic swell for this years conference. With moon / tides / wind and swell all aligning setting G land up for some of it’s most perfect […]

read more

Conference froth

  Greetings from Jungle town where we’re currently drinking to a few of the boys departure tomorrow and rocking out to NOFX – a few Bintangs down. The long range forecast is providing the goods for the conference with this epic run of swell set to continue rewarding all conference attendees. I’m sure we will […]

read more

Jungle mail

Finally a reprieve from the swell today. Dropped to 2 -3 ft at Kongs, a fun session this morning still, and back out the again soon for the LAGO (late-afternoon-glass-off) Very much low key on the medical from, just the standard minor wounds and urchin extractions, plus a few sore heads (self induced). Pretty social […]

read more

Brief jungle update / pre-conference froth

              Caption- G-land medical team pulling in Surf has pumped all week with 10 ft plus sets rolling through. Thankfully not too much carnage on the reef apart from within the medical crew. Clive with a broken nose today which I swiftly reduced and myself with an eye injury […]

read more

1st Sept G land update – Photog Dave’s mishap

01 September 2013   No serious mishaps since Dave (photographer at Rays) got nailed in the tinny 6 days ago. See the photos of the boat air borne trying to clear a wide set. Super sick effort by Froody and Clive getting him to the hospital for X-rays, arriving back at 3am! This from Dr Clivey […]

read more

SurfDoc Nick Maister to the rescue!

Just came across this guy, Mark, in the car park at Winkipop, Victoria. Nice guy, a primary school teacher down for a wave from Melbourne. He had suffered a nasty gash to the back of his head from a stray fin. Took him back home to suture it up to save him a long wait […]

read more

Remote Coastal Emergency Medicine Conference

Rural Health West is running a Remote Coastal Emergency Medicine Conference at Gnaraloo Station, WA from 6 – 8 September 2013. A new conference for 2013 designed to deliver high quality education in a stimulating remote location. Rural Health West is pleased to offer a Remote Coastal Emergency Medicine Conference at Gnaraloo Station, a working pastoral station adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park on the Coral Coast of Western Australia.

read more

Surfing Doctors – Elective Report by Jake Cook

I remember learning of the Surfing Doctors as an organization and from the outset reducing my hopes of spending my elective with them as being ‘too good to be true’. But, sure enough, it became a reality, and one that lived up to expectations.

read more

From a Surfing Doctor’s Perspective

I briefly touched on this a couple days ago but wanted to pass along my sincere thanks for allowing me to be involved in this program. The hardest thing for me throughout my medical education has the feeling that I am being pulled away from the surfing lifestyle and community that I love so much. I have defined myself as a surfer since before I can remember but in the last year I felt aspects of that lifestyle drift away and found myself surrounded by an unfamiliar group of people with very different interests and goals.

read more

Just a little update from the Jungle

The back half of July was met with pumping surf which kept the surfers happy and the docs busy cleaning up the carnage off the reef.
For the most part the clinic has been filled with some solid lacerations, infected reef rash, and the ever-popular sea urchin spines imbedded deep beneath the skin. The biggest days of swell landed two young guys with dislocated shoulders and another with a torn ACL.

read more

Solomon Islands – July 2013 by Nick Maister

On arrival in Honiara I met up with mate and Geelong Hospital Doc, Jon Dow, who had just returned from exploring the Solomon’s Western province. After a night in Honiara, Jon and I caught the short flight down to catch up with fellow Surfing Doc, Ant Brown in Kirakira, out East in Makira province. The plan being to commandeer a boat the next morning to head further east, to a spot renowned for hollow uncrowded reef setups and world-class fishing. As planned, and after loading numerous gallons of fuel, we set off on the estimated two hour journey. Three and a half hours later and with bruises on our arses that would last the rest of the trip, we arrived, having battled into a four-metre swell and 30 knot southeast wind. Alfred’s guest house and a fresh seafood meal that awaited us helped the memories of the hectic voyage fade as we began to froth on the options of waves in the region. That afternoon we surfed at the local left – it was small, but enough to forget the boat trip.

read more