Dr Phil Chapman


NATIONALITY: Australian / South African

Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine at the Bunbury Regional Hospital in WA.

South Africa / Indo / Fiji

Head Doctor of G-land Jungle surf camp situated in East Java on the fringe of the Penkung Jungle (National Park). 1 month per year ongoing from 1996
Fiji: Doctor at the Tavarua Surf Resort. 2007 onwards.
South Africa: Various projects along the East Coast of South Africa mostly involving primary health care.

UK / Ireland / France / Spain / Portugal / Canaries / Reunion / Indo / Australia

Trained in RSA at the UCT med school. Internship at Frere Hospital East London (RSA), Surgery training in Cornwall, UK; Emergency Medicine training in various centres in Australia (Including: Newcastle NSW, Hobart Tasmania, Bunbury WA)

Plenty!! Watch this space. I will update when our Surf Docs Blog goes online.

I believe surfing is a lifestyle. I’m a Lunar Cancerian. I love working in a team environment in the ED. I also love a party and a beer!!” It’s nice to be important, but, more important to be nice!”


  1. Hey a quick email to enquire with regards a potential medical elective (ssc)- roughly spanning january 2013.. do the camps run in the ‘off season’?
    I am currently a 5th yr med student in london and pretty dry docked on the surf front at the moment! I am a qualified dentist, have experience in oral surgery and maxillofacial surgery both in the Uk and Aus… pretty keen surfer.. and happy to get stuck in- prev experience with volunteer work in indo
    be great to hear from you, hope this meets with your approval Ben Harding

  2. hey Phil

    I am a swiss doctor.

    After completing medical school in Lausanne I started this January my first assistant doctor job in the anesthesia department in order o get a good understanding of emergency situations, drugs and pain management.

    My next job starts in June 2013. Until then I have got March, April and May off.
    I saw that you have been working at the Tavarua Surf Resort. Is there a possability to work/volunteer for 2-3 month (staring in March)? Before Anesthesiology I did some general medicine and 4 month of surgery. Do you know somebody I could write too (in Tavarua or somewhere else)?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards

    Dominic Staudenmann

  3. Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a
    similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can
    suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.

    • Hi mate – our blog is via wordpress and they sort the spam issue out .
      I agree it’s a nightmare .
      Cheers , regards

    • Hi There ,
      Greeting from WA . Send me a brief profile , and some surf shots + mug shot to :
      We will send you a questionnaire as well .
      We are keen to get involved in Costa Rica !!
      Cheers , regards
      Phil Chapman

  4. Hey Dr. Chapman,

    I am a junior undergraduate Biology major at Stony Brook University in New York. I am an avid surfer with hopes of pursuing a career in medicine. I was wondering if there is any way to get involved with surfing doctors now, as I hope to one day become part of this organization, which incorporates two important passions of mine, surfing and medicine.

  5. Hello,

    Fantastic website & photos.

    Everyone out there…….

    I have seen Phil Chapman in an emergency (I am hospital security) and he is a true profesional.

    Cool under pressure, he is one person you want on the team especially if you get hurt from a reef wipeout!

    When we arrive at work and notice that Phil is in charge we are relieved, knowing that we have excellent leadership who always respects the safety of his fellow co-workers.

  6. Hi Phil,
    how are things? Hope you are well. Good news. I just got my fellowship. How are things in Bussleton? I hope to head your way again to catch a wave in the near future.
    Bish 🙂

  7. Hello Dr. Chapman,

    My name is Eliot Zaeder and I am a first year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. I grew up surfing in southern Maine and my obsession with surfing has brought me all over New England, Bali, California, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, etc. I have been following surfing doctors for a while now and want to get involved! Please let me know how I can do so. I would also love some advice on what I should do this summer… I am told that this is my “last summer to enjoy” and I want to do something surf and medicine related! Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Eliot Zaeder

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