Dr David Gunn



Current Position:

Private GP in The Norther Rivers, NSW Australia, Specializing in Chronic Pain, Addictions and Mental Health

I joined the Surf Docs in 2013 after reading about Phil in a Surfer Magazine. My first placement was G-Land and Life has never been the same since. I dragged my young family to Indo every year after that and did several tours at Maccas and ultimately moved from my beloved Nova Scotia, Canada to Lennox Head, NSW Australia, to warm my ageing bones.

Local Surf Spots:

Lennox Head Point

Favourite Surf Destination:

Hurricane Season Nova Scotia, Canada

Surf Travel:

Mentawais, Bali, Both Coasts Australia, North Island NZ, Maldives, Costa Rica, Morocco, A big chunk of the Caribbean, Outer Banks North Carolina, Oahu, Vancouver Island and Home – Nova Scotia.

Next Surf Destination:

The Great Ocean Road.

Go-to Surfboard (make a dims):

Gary McNeill Twin Torus 5’5

Favourite Surfer:

Chippa Wilson

Wavepools. What do you think of them and are you keen?

I was lucky enough to surf Urban Surf Pool before the COVID lock down for a mates 40th. How could you not like beast mode?

Why is surfing so important in your life?

Every once and a while it gets me outta my head and in the moment, mediating is too hard.

What is the best thing about the world of surfing right now?

Seeing Groms to Octogenarians frothing on the surfing life.

What are your plans after covid-19?

Get my kids on an Indo Boat trip.


  1. Dr Dave is an absolute guru when it comes to reef inflicted injuries! Whilst in the mentawais he saved numerous people on his ‘holiday’! Loves a good slice and doesn’t mind the green room either. Your a great bloke mate look forward to your work in the future!
    The booger crew

  2. We kept Dave busy recently at Macca’s, love ya work mate, great having you guys around to pick up the pieces, hope the rest of your stay was a corker…go the lime!!

  3. Dr Dave cleaned me up and stitched my leg after meeting the reef at Macaronis on the first day of the trip. Super cool and professional (as was his vet wife Kristen). Got set up near the pool, with all the boys standing in the audience, and did a very neat job with three stitches in a concertina near my knee. Then a nifty double stitch thing in my shin, which he put in without anaesthetic cos he thought it would be quicker. I’m sure it was but it f@cken hurt! Made me feel more like a man though. I even took them out myself a week later back in Australia.

    Great surfing / doctor family, huge thanks for sorting it out and keeping me in the water. Cheers. June 2014.

  4. Thanks to Dr Dave great sewing job on Jamie Mc on massage table at Macaronis resort june 2014. Jamie got a face plant into reef fortunately no damage to reef so we can all still enjoy that great first section.
    Stiches to nose and cheek and some super stingy stuff to all the other abrasions. Professiional job great guy and inspiration to everyone happy to help fellow man.

  5. G’day Dave,

    Just like say a big thanks to you and Kristen for patching my foot up due to dragging it accross the Maccas reef at low tide. Your medical skills second to none along with some good humour and laid back attitude goes hand in hand with the surfing culture. You be glad to hear your couple of stiches held up through the Ambu Ambu ferry toilets and a few airports till I made it safe back in WA. Cheers heaps and I hope we cross paths one day again, if your ever in OZ be sure to look us up for a catch up and possibly a few beers. Enjoy the rest of your hols. Thanks, Reeceo.

  6. While staying at Macaronis resort in June 14′ I had the pleasure of meeting Dave and his family, watching the master at work patching up people from the resort and on boats with stiches, grazes and wounds. Its amazing to see people of his nature giving their time and medical supplys to such a remote area. Surf doctors is an amazing set up and encourage this more around the world. A big thanks goes out to all those dedicating their time and funds supporting this program, a benifit not just to surfers visiting the area, but surrounding communities in such remote areas of the world. Thankyou- EPIC!!!!!!!

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