Matt Larsson

Surfing Doctors Profile: Matt Larsson

Surfing Doctors Profile



Current Position? 

Mature age Med student – 4th year.

University of New England / University of Newcastle

Education and work experience?

B Agribusiness, Grad Dip Education.

Teacher, Byron Bay High School.

Previous Volunteer Work

Leonard Cheshire Disability Services London.

Disabled Surfers Association Australia – Byron Bay volunteer.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). 

Medical interests?

Rural Generalist, Emergency, O&G, General Practice. 


Local surf spot?

Dolphins Beach Byron / Merewether. 


What is your favourite surf destination?

NW Australia, South Mentawai. 


Travel experience?

Aus, Indo, Africa, Europe, Pacific, Central America.


Best surf trip ever?

14-day Mangului boat trip Mentawais 2019 right into the deep south 1 day of heaving green bush OR South Australia desert 2018 47-degree heat and hard travelling work for some big scary waves.


Worst surf trip ever?

 No bad surf trips.

The best thing about surfing? 

It’s exercise, but it’s also really fun. By far, it’s my favourite health/fitness/wellness strategy.

Best advice you were ever given with regards to surfing?

Watch what the locals / experienced do.


Favourite surfer in the world and why? 

Callum Robson – Been in the top 20 in the world for the last 2 years without a major sponsor. No nonsense. Despite this, he is working his guts out to continuously improve and compete at that top level and absolutely ripping. Kieren Perrow – Unassuming local legend. Pipe Master = Hero status. Bronte Macauley – Called me into a couple of waves at wildish, wobbly North Point one day and has been on my favourite list ever since. Plus, she rips! Particularly her backhand attack.


Current go-to surfboards? (make and dims)

I’ve put on about 10 kegs up to 103kg since having a baby, so boards with some foam!

Crisp 6’5 x 19 1/2 x 2 11/16 – When the waves are decent

Crisp 7’2 x 20 x 2 3/4 – When the waves get big

Christensen Swallow tail fish – Small waves

On order: MR Super Twin to commemorate my time in Newcastle. Frothing for it.

6’7 x 20 7/8 x 2 3/4


Any other information you would like to add about yourself 

Hoping to do my 5th year Rural health elective placement at G-Land in 2025. Thanks for having me.