MJ Kim


South Korean

Current Position:

4th-year medical student

Education and work experience:

Currently in 4th year of medical school in Bristol

Intercalated BSc in Clinical Sciences 

Served in the Korean army as a medic during conscription and worked as a healthcare assistant in a local hospital

Previous Volunteer Work:

Previously volunteered with airport quarantine officers in South Korea during the height of COVID and at a local psychiatric hospital earlier in uni.

Medical interests:

Acute/emergency medicine and cardiology

Local surf spot:

South Wales or Putsborough in Devon, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t frequent the Wave in Bristol when there has been no swell for weeks.

What is your favourite surf destination:

Indonesia, plenty of decent breaks off the beaten track if you know where to look!

Travel experience:

Europe, East and SE Asia, North Africa

Tell us about your best surf trip ever:

Morocco 2023 – I was travelling with a small group of friends, and there were probably too many surfboards on the roof of our rental. Fueled by amlou, a delicious almond butter, we were surfing day in and day out in some of the best surf in this part of the world, only limited by the sun setting.

Tell us about your worst surf trip ever:

Severn Bore, spring 2024 – More of a strike mission. Even a 5/4 wetsuit with an additional thermal layer wasn’t enough to keep the cold out! And my wetsuit was still muddy after half a dozen washes. But having said that, definitely going back for the next tidal bore.

The best thing about surfing:

There’s nothing like it. It is such a freeing sport.

What was the best advice you have ever received regarding surfing:

Wake up for that dawnie; it’s (almost) always worth it

Favourite surfer in the world and why:

Tough call, but Nathan Florence. He manages to find the best surfs in the places you wouldn’t expect

Current go-to surfboards? (make and dims):

6’8 Hayden shapes “inspired” board acquired in Indo. 

6’6  Fish

6’0 Lost Sub-driver