It’s a big welcome to Neil Hunter, an Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee on the Gold Coast, but originally from Northern Ireland.
Nationality – Northern Irish
Current Position – Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee, Gold Coast University Hospital
Surf Travel Experience – East Coast Australia, Indonesia (Keramas), Scotland, Northern Ireland, Cornwall
Favourite surf destination? Northern NSW. Some of my favourite surf memories involve Yamba, Angourie, Crescent Head and Grassy Head.
Heaviest experience – Putting my fin through my neck when I’d not long been in Australia after getting pitched off the lip at Narrowneck (ironically).
Previous benevolent work – Field of Play Doctor at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, Team Doctor for Kowloon Rugby 10’s 2015
Home break – Mermaid Beach for the every day surf, Burleigh when it’s pumping.
Favourite board – Nearly every board I’ve had has been from Stuart Surfboards in Mermaid Beach. Top blokes, top boards and it’s great to support a local shaper. They made me a custom 6’3” Bender Minigun for my first Indo trip last year which I love – not sure if I do it justice though!
Education & Work – MBChB University of Glasgow 2012, two years as a junior doctor in Glasgow before moving to the Gold Coast in 2014 as an Emergency SHO then Registrar. Some time locuming in rural NSW.
Other info – What my surfing lacks in finesse I make up for with enthusiasm. As a regular footer living on the Gold Coast my left hand reef experience is somewhat limited, hoping G Land makes me rather than breaks me!