Dr James Dent



When did you join the Surfing Doctors?

I’ve been a member for 4 years.

What is your occupation?

I’m an Emergency Trainee.

Where do you work?

Albany ED in WA.

How long have you worked there?

This is my 3rd year in Albany.

Where did you work before then?

I was studying on the east coast before that. Predominantly in Wollongong and the north coast of NSW.

Are you married?

Married, dog, no kids.

What is your local break? Any good?

All I’ll say is we’ve got some insane beachies down here with plenty of swell all year round and minimal crowds and a bunch of legend locals. It’s one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

What have you been experiencing with regards to COVID-19 in your daily work?

Fortunately for us, the community has done all the sacrificing and hard work to ensure we didn’t get smashed with community spread and a high number of patients. We have prepared for the worst but things are under control for now.

What are your thoughts over COVID?

Looking at what some of the places overseas experienced it’s pretty terrifying – however, if the community keeps being sensible I sense we’ll escape the worst of it. I hope we will take a lot out of this experience to ensure we are better prepared for the next pandemic.

What is your go-to surfboard (Make and dims)

Current quiver:


Maurice Cole 6’8 19 1/4 2 1/2


Chilli Oh One 6’1 19 1/4 2 3/8


Ruffles Truffles  5’10 19 3/8 2 1/2

What is your favourite surf destination in the world and why?

G-Land. It’s an absolute escape from the rat race. Super consistent, gets the heart rate up when big, great crew and such a difficult wave to get dialled – meaning it’s always a challenge and can be extremely humbling.
A close second has to be Gnarloo.

What is the heaviest thing you have experienced on your surf travels?

Paddling out at 8-foot pipe after not sleeping for 2 nights and having the shelf go dry right in front of a set at Backdoor.

Where else have you travelled to?

For the surf – Indo, Hawaii, U.S, Central America, Canada, Portugal

Other – Europe, Canada, Japan, NZ

Where is your all-time best place to be in the world (surf or not)?

Home – Albany WA

What are your feelings about wave pools and the future?

I think it’s an awesome direction and will be super fun but nothing will ever replace the real thing that Mother Nature puts out. Wave pool comps are horrendous

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

Surfing continues to produce a simple uncomplicated escape to nature from the ever-progressing industrial world we live in. I think we need surfing now more than ever.




One Comment

  1. Hi James where r u on the north coast?
    Im a trauma nurse living at lennox..been working with the surfing doctors for a while now…drop me a line 0415600435
    Cheers Jim

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