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.
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.
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.
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.
G-Land is the first in an on-going series titled, “Heroes, Myths, Legends and Lore” that examines the magic and mystery of wave riding.
The Surfing Doctors recently held a raffle to raise funds, with all proceeds going to assist villages in Indonesia with sanitation, hygiene, etc. Great prizes were sponsored by Macaronis Resort – a weeks stay – 1st prize. 2nd prize, a week at G-land and 3rd prize, a Nathan Rose surfboard. Gabe Heussenstamm won first prize. Gabe is […]
Watch out for tomkats!? These little blighters (antlike beetle) release a nasty and irritating discharge when angered. The resultant skins ‘burn’ is almost vesicular in nature and not to dissimilar to certain spider bites.
As an Englishman I will start with the weather. Clear skys and good swell follow a stormy 10 days on unsettled weather… however the trade winds have yet to truly to kick in. There has been windows of perfection with some deep deep barrels claimed by skilled navigators. I heard whispers of best barrel in […]
Being an ‘action sport’, surf-related injuries are something we’ll all encounter somewhere along the line – some more often than others, and one of the most common areas to be effected by a bad wipeout or heavy landing are our knees. Boland ripper and Biokineticist Phil Nel has seen his fair share of surf-related knee […]
Hey crew, Just checking in from the jungle where all is glorious as always. Thanks to Dom who covered the early season and had a couple of busy stints over early swells repairing a few faces and bodies that got a bit too affectionate with the reef. This past week and a half has been […]
Surfing as we all know is richly rewarding, but we also know it can be a demanding activity – Demanding on your petrol budget, demanding on your patience while waiting out a flat spell, and of course demanding on your body. Some surfers pay a heavy price with surf-related injuries, especially those who are always […]
This kit is designed to help keep travelers away from hospitals and continuing on their holiday. It’s suitable for people with various levels of first aid experience, from doctors through to a completely inexperienced traveler. It also be useful as a medical kit for your home, car or boat.
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The 3rd Annual Surfing Doctors Conference was held from the 17th-21st of September 2012. The setting was Grajagan Bay, East Java, Indonesia – affectionately known in the surf community as G-Land. A place ingrained in surfing’s history, a small settlement in dense jungle with a world-class wave out front. There is also a newly built infirmary to the pride of the visiting Doctors and the local community. I attended the conference along with a great bunch of likeminded medical folk with a full range of experience and qualifications from all around the globe.
LOCATION: Bali – Padma Resort Bali at Legian (2.5hrs / 5 day) – Monday, 1st July 2013 – 04:00PM Our ‘Acute Medical and Surgical CT Interpretation’ course is the perfect introduction to computed tomography in the acute clinical setting. Designed in a systematic learning format, the course covers acquisition, normal variations, patterns of disease & […]
It was clear that’s the way it was going to be ever since stepping off the plane in Honiara, with no staff at customs and only one person manning the ‘nationals’ desk. Although our connecting flight out to the island of San Cristobal, located in the Makira Ulawa province, was due to leave, it was […]
QUESTION: I just found out that I have an inguinal hernia and am trying to find good information on whether or not I should be surfing / swimming / cycling. I’ve currently stopped all these activities, and the pain is currently minimal. No precise details about the hernia itself as I’ve not yet met with […]