How To Survive A Shark Attack with Dr Jon Cohen

When it comes to shark attacks and shark incidents, the news out there is grim right now. Highlighted by the fatal attack at Snapper in early September on a 46-year-old male surfer, there have been 51 shark attacks so far this year. Of these attacks, 17 were in Australia and 23 were from the USA. In […]

What to do If Someone Has A Heart Attack in the Water

A friend passed away recently. Actually, a few friends have passed away lately, but this one was particularly saddening. He was surfing in Cape Town at a big wave spot, and he didn’t feel right. He paddled all the way in, made it to the land, but had a heart attack, and there was no […]

Surfing Doctors Newsletter October 2020

Surfing Doctors Newsletter October 2020 Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Surfing Doctors.We hope you are all well, and that you and your loved ones have all come through this strange year fit and strong. As we aim towards the southern hemisphere summer, as the rumours of international travel swirl around and around, we […]

Andrew Ekhardt Joins The Surfing Doctors

We are stoked to announce Dr Andrew Ekhardt as our latest member of the Surfing Doctors. An Australian, Andrew currently works at the Prince Of Wales Hospital, New Soth Wales.   Nationality: Australian. Current position: RMO at Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW. Local Breaks: Eastern Beaches of Sydney. Favourite surf destination: Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Surf […]

Packing For Indo

Don’t let the headline fool you. We’re not quite packing for Indo just yet. As we slowly start opening up, however, Indonesia is starting to look enticing again. Nias has been pumping, G-Land has been firing, Lakey Peak has had an epic season, and Ulus has been going off. The froth has started, and everyone […]

International Surf Travel Update

Travel is starting to open up, but it’s not going to be that straight-forward just yet, with rules, regulations and protocols coming into play. Australia won’t be opening their borders outbound until 2021.

Angus Jackson Joins The Team

A big, warm welcome to Angus Jackson, the latest member to the Surfing Doctors. Nationality: Australian Current position: Senior resident (PGY3) working ED in Broome, Western Australia. I completed my internship and residency in the Illawarra / Shoalhaven and took this year to locum and explore the country. Managed to score an ED position in […]

Kirryn Williams Joins The Surfing Doctors

Australian Sleep Physician Kirryn Williams Joins The Fold. Kirryn surfs, she kiteboards, and she liked to travels.  What is your nationality?  Australian. What is your level of education? MBBS, FRACP – General and Acute Care Medicine Physician, Respiratory and (soon to be) Sleep Physician.  What is your current position? Sleep Fellow, Royal Brisbane and Women’s […]

Sim Wilkes Joins The Surfing Doctors

A big welcome to Sim Wilkes, who joins the Surfing Doctors. What is your nationality?   American citizen.  What is your level of education? I have two Associate Degrees, and I’m currently working on finishing my Undergraduate degree. What is your current position? I’m currently working as a Paramedic. Where is your favourite wave? My first […]

Dr Anna Stessel Joins Surfing Doctors

We would like to welcome Dr Anna Stessel to The Surfing Doctors Nationality: Russian Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery, PhD fellow Central research institute of stomatology and maxillofacial surgery, Ministry of Health of Russian Federation. Current Position: Oral surgeon, dentist, implant and reconstructive surgery specialist. Local Surf Spots: In Moscow, there is no ocean, so […]

Surfing Doctors Newsletter May 2020 – Subs and Wave Pools

Newsletter  May 2020   Surfing Doctors Newsletter May 2020 Hi all As you all know, the annual Surfing Doctors G-Land conference was cancelled this year as a result of C-19. We are now looking at possibly having a weekend conference at the Urbnsurf Wave Pool in Melbourne towards the back end of the year, if […]

Surfing Doctors Welcomes Davin Clarke

Our latest member is Irish-born surfer and Doctor Davin Clarke. Welcome to The Surfing Doctors.   Davin: I’m a 28-year-old UK trained Doctor with an interest in Emergency Medicine. I started surfing in Ireland where I grew up when I was 17/18 and didn’t really appreciate how good the waves were at the time. I […]

A Warm Welcome To Luke Northey

Sydney surfer Luke Northey joins the Surfing Doctors team.       Nationality:  Australian.   Level of education: Medical School in Sydney, Australia.   Current position: Eye Registrar in Sydney, Australia.   Favourite wave: Probably Macaronis, although still searching. Anywhere uncrowded with friends.   Favourite surfer: Dad. He has an ability to find a barrel […]

G-land Joyos Staff COVID Fund

Surfing Doctors Newsletter April 2020     Hi all As you all know, the Surfing Doctors Conference in G-Land was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, and the WSL’s Quiksilver Pro G-Land was withdrawn after that. The staff at Joyos Surf Camp, where we stay during our conference, are having it hard at the moment, […]

A Warm Welcome To Angus Loraine

It’s a big welcome to Australian surfer and Doctor Angus Loraine, who recently joined the Surfing Doctors. Nationality: Australian Current Position: Intensive care PHO Local Surf Spots: South Stradbroke, Gold Coast Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Casuarina, Northern NSW. Favourite Surf Destination: Anywhere north of Newcastle and South of Gold Coast. An amazing piece of coastline. […]

Dr Mark Wilson Hits The Pool Before Shutdown

We caught up with Dr Mark Wilson, Tasmanian-born Gastroenterologist, who hit the URBNSURF, before the world changed.  Where are you currently based? Hobart, Tasmania. What wave pool is this and where? This is the URBNSURF pool, which is an hour flight away at Melbourne airport.     What were your initial thoughts when arriving at […]

Meanwhile, Over In South Africa.

The Lockdown in South Africa has kicked in, and no one is out and about on the streets. Everyone has bunkered down, and everyone is trying their best to do the right thing. The South African Government, it seems, is running off the Chinese template, and forcing isolation on all of the population in a […]

Surfing Doctors 2020 Conference In G-Land Postponed.

Surfing Doctors Newsletter 18 March 2020   Surfing Doctors 2020 Conference In G-Land Postponed.   The Annual Surfing Doctors Conference 2020 has been cancelled. Due to take place In Grajagan from 22nd to 29th  May, it has been decided to cancel the event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resultant restrictive travel […]

Jack Earp – 6th Year Medical Student – Joins Surfing Doctors

It’s a big and warm welcome to Jack Earp – NZ Medical Student. Nationality: New Zealand Current position: Trainee Intern, Wellington, NZ Local Breaks: Anywhere in Taranaki – Stent Road, Waiwakaiho, Fitzroy, Rocky Lefts, Greenmeadows, Hawkes Bay and Raglan. Favourite surf destinations: Samoa, Bali, Sumbawa. Surf Travel Experience: Bali twice, Lombok once, Samoa once, Africa […]

Hard Charger and Paramedic Simon Tien Joins Surfing Doctors

Welcome to goofy-footer Simon Tien from Western Australia. Travel Experience: UK / South Africa / France / Spain / Portugal / Tahiti / Fiji / Indo / Australia. Education and work experience: I’m currently a 3rd-year paramedic student at ECU Western Australia. I’ve been working in the mining industry in emergency services and combining that […]