Dr Nick Maister


NATIONALITY: Kiwi living in Aussie (unusual I know)

Geelong Hospital, Victoria

Winkipop, Bells, and an assortment of other breaks down a wonderful stretch of coast line – the surf coast, Victoria.

Indo, Morocco, Mexico, NZ, Aussie

NZ, Australia, Indonesia, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Fiji, USA.

A lot of Europe, Turkey, Bulgaria, Egypt, Canada (snowboarding), Thailand, Vietnam.

Completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at Otago University (NZ) in 2004 and Bachelor of Medicine/ Surgery in 2013 at Deakin Uni, Vic. In between I worked for five years in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. I am now working at Geelong Hospital, Victoria, Australia. Living on the coast in Torquay and loving it. I also continue to work part time as a Physiotherapist as well and surf as much as possible in between all of this.

I took a tally of the number of times I surfed last year, I got to 212 in the year.

Doing a 7 week stint at G-land in Aug – Oct 2013, frothing for this and for the conference in the middle of it.


  1. Hi there, I am a physio in the UK and really keen to get into surf physio, I wondered if you had any advice or tips? I work within musculoskeletal physio and am an active surfer myself. Active, but not good! Hehe.

    Thanks in advance,


    • Hi Katie,
      I have found the best way to get involved in the physio rehab of surfers is to work in a practice by some good waves. For me this is Torquay, Victoria, Australia. By default you get patients who surf and it’s therefore a great way to build experience in common surfing conditions. (Not to mention you will also meet lots of like minded Physio’s who love to surf).
      From there, if you wanted, I’m sure the local board riding club would be more than happy to have you around, get to know a few of the local gun surfers, fix their injuries and hey presto the groms want treatment from you too.
      In the mean time (I’m not sure of your current location in the UK) I’d say doing shoulder, spine and lower limb rehab course would be of massive benefit. These are common areas surfers injure and nearly all of the rehab principles can be adapted to surfing specific goals.
      Good luck Katie, I hope this was helpful.
      Feel free to contact me if you’d like any other info.

      • How to get into surf rehab-Nick Maister
        ‘get to know a few of the local gun surfers, fix their injuries and hey presto the groms want treatment from you too’

        Oh wow, Nick you are truly the master when it comes to finding a way of accessing the holy grail- giving gun surfers and groms free physio. Everybody in the world is striving for this golden opportunity and ‘hey presto’ you just nailed the impossible. And to think you did it with such a fool proof plan-no grom would ever be able to resist the temptation of free physio and the chance to sit out of the surf with their dad doing back stretches. genius.
        Question- how do i find a ‘gun surfer’? Do I simply call from the beach to a crowded lineup and wait for him to appear?

  2. Hey Nick, sorry for the delay, I hadn’t realised you had replied… Well, I have half of it right, I live in Torquay…. but Torquay, Devon. Its by the sea admittedly, but we only get waves when theres an easterly and so its often soup. In terms of working close to the sea, I can’t get much closer, but work in the NHS, so I do see surfers but not as often as I’d like. I run a lower limb rehab group and have done courses in Kinesiology taping, Manips, Mulligan and am in the process of doing the APPI courses… So by the sounds of it, I just need to get my foot in the door! Hehe… I really appreciate your advice tho, and it is definitely food for thought to get more involved and get myself out there. Thank you very much again for taking the time to get back to me, Best wishes, Katie If you do ever here of any requirements for Physios anywhere, please could you keep me in mind? My email is katieewatson@hotmail.com. Thanks again!

  3. Hi Nick,
    Provided my details last year to join surfdocs but am bolt sure if they have been processed etc and am interested in being on the roster this year. A few emails to Phil/ANt have gone unanswered. Can you get me on the list??

  4. Hi Geoff,
    Apologies for the delay getting back to you. Will be in touch via email regarding getting you signed up and a potential spot in the roster.

  5. Hi Nick,
    I’m a 5th year med student studying in Dunedin NZ. I’m really keen to get involved with you guys and potentially have the opportunity to do my elective with surfing docs next year. I’ve provided some registration info a few years back, just wondering what else I can do to get involved?

    • Hi Hugh,
      We tend to sort the med student elective stuff around December / January for the coming season.
      If you are keen at that time hit us up with an email and we can sort dates.
      Do you know what dates you’re looking at at this stage?
      Also, the conference is in the last week of August at G land, if you can make it to that?

      • Cheers Nick, I’ve been in touch with Anthony and will definately give you a bell around Dec/Jan. As for the conference this year, leave from study would be the major issue, but the plan is to get to the conference next year in conjunction with my elective.

  6. Hi Nick,

    I sent an email about doing a final year medical student elective with you a while ago but never heard anything back. I was just wondering whether you would take anyone in May – June this year as my other plans have fallen through and am looking again for something?

    Many thanks,


    • Hi Becky.
      Sorry for late reply, we have been pretty checkers with med student electives this year, sorry.
      Hope you sorted something 🙂

  7. Hi Nick,
    I am a general practitioner from Belgium (graduating this year). I have already sent you a few emails, but I have not yet received an answer. Would be great to hear from you, because I am very interested in doing an elective next year. Could you get back to me?



  8. Hi Mathias.
    We could likely slot you in a stint for next season, but usually don’t put roster together until Dec/Jan prior.
    We have a conference in the last week of August at G land if there’s any chance you can make it?

    • Hi Nick. I will most definitely contact you in december! Unfortunately I cannot make it to the conference this year since I have used up all my vacation (damn).


  9. Hi Nick, I’m a second year emergency medicine resident from the US. A friend who attended the surfing doctors annual conference previously recommended it. I’ll have a month of elective time next year so hopefully I can attend the conference in 2015. Do you have an idea which month it’ll be next year? I know this year was at the end of August, but it looks like all the previous years the conference was in Sept. Please let me know. (and what’s your email?)



    • Hi Jennie,
      Thanks for your interest. Who was your friend that came along to the conference?
      We haven’t finalised a date for the conference for next year yet but will most likely be in September, exact timing tends to get decided on early in the year of the conference.
      You should definitely come along if you’re into emergency medicine and surfing!

  10. Hi Nick,

    Bit of a left-field question here but just wondering if you know any surfing physiotherapists in Auckland?


  11. Hi,
    Im a GP in Sydney and require a surf savvy Doctor to work supervising some filming to be done by a USA based film company at Bells Beach this Sunday and monday. This is a paid position. I unfortunately cannot do it and have left the company in the lurch. There is a 35 person crew ready to go but they cannot film without the presence of a doctor.
    Please phone me ASAP if you are anyone you know is interested. This is an exciting job if you are a surfer. Richie Vass is the supervising big wave surfer on hand…phone me for further details…
    Sharron Wiley Davis

  12. Hi Nick, I am a french ex professionnal tennis player and currently studying physiotherapy. I am looking for an internship specialised in surf physiotherapy.
    Do you have a mail where i can send you my letter and resume? I just wrote you on facebook. Thanks a lot.

  13. Hello Nick,
    do you have any tips for getting invovled in surf physio?

    I have followed your advice you provided above which was
    ‘ a local board riding club would be more than happy to have you around, get to know a few of the local gun surfers, fix their injuries and hey presto the groms want treatment from you too.’

    This didnt really work like you Hey Presto said it would. In your country do groms reallyjump at the opportunity for free physio treatment? In my country it would be very odd if the image of their father doing rehab exercises made them also want treatment. Please tell me more so i can get more invovled. Thanks

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