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  2. Hi. A friend of mine was surfing in small to moderate surf and did not suffer any major wipe outs or heavy push unders, falls or anything extraordinary that he can recall. After his surf he did complain about a bit of neck pain but did not think too much about it. 2 hours later he suffered a stroke and was hospitalized immediately. Thankfully he has made a full recovery and has no major side effects. The medical analysis has shown that the stroke was probably caused by a blood clot caused by a tear to the artery and he has been advised to stop surfing completely. Is this something that you have ever heard of?
    Would you agree with this cause of the stroke?

    • Hi Seth , that sounds like a neck vessel dissection , and subsequent stroke . This does happen in sport and trauma , and can even happed spontaneously in certain people .It is unusual , and I’m sure your friend has had all the necessary investigations , and treatment . I am not sure what risk factors your friend has , but , if he is otherwise fit and young I cannot see why he cannot surf anymore once fully recovered . Being on blood thinners and surfing has it’s risks , but plenty of crew still surf !! Cheers , Phil

  3. Hi, I am a GP in Wollongong NSW Australia , who just happened on your website. I have been on trips with Surfers Medical Association and with AMPED and would be interested in your future conferences and such. I will be spending a week in the Maldives from 29/7/18 to 5/8/17 , then probably a week in Bali. Not sure how the roster thingy works at G land but will email as above to see if they need anyone for the week of 6th august 2018 and what the arrangements are wrt accomodation etc.
    regards John Watson

    • Hi John , So far the roster is open and up for grabs from the 6th August . If we send docs out to G-land we would prefer it if they actually belong to our group . Are you at all interested in joining ?

    • Hi mate – I’m checking with Dave Hateley but it looks like there is only a med student headed to Gland on the 15 th . Swell looks epic !!
      Hopefully we can find a doc to send in .

  4. Phil… Pete Riou here (Treliske 1997 … can you remember that far back?) .. how can I get in touch in a more private forum? Can you drop me an email address? I hope all is good with you. My youngest boy has just come back from Lombok … he was in South Lombok for the earthquakes. He was lucky. My eldest son was in Nembrala this time last year.
    Cheers, Pete.

  5. Hi Phil and crew, I am a registered Paramedic from Wollongong region in Aus, are we able to join the surfing doctors crew and attend the conference in G-Land? Also noticed Paramedic/fireman conference @ G-Land? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Craig

  6. hey Guys,

    i a the Sec Gen of the surfing lawyers ( and wouldn’t mind touching base with you guys to discuss some collaboration. We have a few conferences each year and it would be nice to be able to invite you guys along.


    Peter Strain
    Sec Gen

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