Surfing Doctors Newsletter July 2022

G-Land is Back!

The jungle is open and we have a deal for the rest of the year.
Get in contact if you are keen on doing a stint this year or next or if you have any friends that want to go and we can try to work out deals for them too. We want to offer this to our older members before the new ones get a look in. Either way, there should be space for plenty of us. If you are keen, contact Dave at
The good news is that there will likely be a return of student electives next year. Maybe even this year for the keen! We will keep you updated on that.

Phil and Dave worked at the WSL Quiksilver G-Land Pro. 

It was a good experience for all, and Phil and Dave got to meet quite a few of the WSL contingent and treat a few of them for minor injuries and jungle fever. Gabriel Medina, Jadsen Andre, and others popped in for reef cuts and ear aches, amongst other ailments. 

Surfing Doctors Newsletter July 2022

Dr Chapman and Dr Hateley, in the jungle

While the waves weren’t that good, the crew got some solid ones before and after the competition. We hear rumours that the WSL will be returning to G-Land again next year, except the event will be a bit later in winter.


Annual Conference 2022 – Gnaraloo

A crew from the Surfing Doctors headed for the desert and held another successful annual conference at Gnaraloo.

The campfire discussions led by Dr Franno were the academic highlight of the conference.

Waves-wise, we got one good day of Tombstones, and everyone had a go. We also had many days of good waves at Turtles and Dolphins, so the wave counts were pretty high.


Surfing Doctors Newsletter July 2022

Waves on tap for the Gnarloo Conference

There was a great turnout by the Tasmanian contingent. Dr Stirling led the charge on managing a chap who had a stroke fishing in Gnaraloo Bay and had a seamless transfer to Carnarvon for imaging and management. He ended up having a vertebral artery dissection!

Next year it looks like we will return to Indonesia and, hopefully, G-Land for our Annual Conference. We will keep you up to date here as well.


Potential courses this year or next year.

At this early stage, we are looking at hosting some courses, ALS, BLS, and Stop The Bleed, at the Wave Pool so we can get some inner-city CPD waves! Watch this space.


Subs Drive

It has a tough time financially for Surfing Doctors in the pandemic, not having much to offer members for their membership fees. Still, we do run on a shoestring budget.

If you haven’t paid your $100 subs for the year, we would appreciate your support, especially as we are moving forward with a few plans and gatherings. It would be a great time to solidify your arrangement with the Surfing Doctors by paying your subs for the year.

The bank account is:

Bank account is

Surfing Doctors Association Inc

BSB 302 162

Ac No 1908271

Then let James know if you have paid on




If you have any pics of epic sessions or any trip reports, please send them. We are always keen on new content for social media and the website. There are rumours of some pretty epic sessions happening Down Under…



Talking of which, we received some footage of member Dr Ant Buddle charging an elusive reef somewhere remote. All was going great until this wave came along – 

Ant couldn’t get a release from the foot strap in the wipeout and fractured his foot. Heal up soon, Ant.  


Surfing Doctors Newsletter July 2022


Surfing Doctors Newsletter July 2022

Dr Buddle pulled in, prior to the fracture.


Locum Work

If you are keen on any ED locums, Busselton ED has some work if you are keen.


Anything else you want, or any questions about what is upcoming, contact Phil at


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