Dr Wayne Shipton


Current Position: 
Anaesthetist at the Gold Coast University Hospital

Local Breaks: Gold Coast – Burleigh, Snapper, Currumbin

Favourite Surf Destination: Honey smacks Sumatra Indo. Best surf of my life. 4ft and offshore with 2 mates out!

Surf Travel Experience: 
Bali about 6 times, Sumbawa, South Sumatra

Non-Surf Travel Experience: 6 months in Canada snowboarding; worked in the UK for several stints, travelled around Europe in a dodgy van for a couple of months; Thailand, Nepal, Sulawesi, NZ.

Education and Work Experience: Med School at the Uni of Qld; Anaesthetic training and resident years in Brisbane and the Gold Coast; Volunteer work including work in primary health care and anaesthesia in Sulawesi Indonesia, Vanuatu, Nepal and remote Australian communities.

Any other information you would like to add about yourself:
Family; Surfing; Work. Interest in anaesthesia practice in developing countries


  1. We are in the process of starting seaplane service between Padang and the Mentawai Islands and are planning to offer medevac services. Especially in light of my personal meeting with a fellow named Gustavo who was in Padang for the cremation of his brother, a surfer who passed away in Telos from Malaria which could have been prevented had we been operating. We would like to get Surfing Doctors involved in any way we can and offer them special rates on our flights in return for kind of being “On Call” when they are surfing in the Mentawai’s. Any connect you can get to me or andre@samsamaseaplanes.com would be apprenticed.

    Thanks Captain Ronald Cobley



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