World Conference 2017

The World Conference in Surfing Medicine will take place in Sagres, Portugal from 4th – 8th October 2017.

Get your ticket now and get in touch with speakers and participants from all continents and meet like-minded health professionals at this internationally accredited event.




Want to know what to expect?
Check out the conference’s
 Preliminary Programme



Submit your paper, poster or project before the 08/09/2017
The best research will be rewarded with great prices
Learn more below


Picture this :

  • a line up of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers in the Surfing Medicine world today
  • an academic platform where authentic research & public health projects can be presented
  • the introduction of taskforce interest/specialty meetings to help translate Surfing Medicine into practice & your local surf community
  • a gathering of friends and peers; from students to professors; groms – pro’s – masters
  • a top class marine environment and  location full of swell, stoke and surf culture

Surfing Medicine International (SMI) welcomes you to their 5th international conference – “The World Conference on Surfing Medicine” in Sagres, Portugal from 4th – 8th October 2017. Learn about surfer’s health and safety, contribute to the development of surfing medicine, and celebrate with us what will be a key landmark in SMI’s history.

Following on from the success our Biarritz conference, we now turn to look at Surfing Medicine’s position on the world stage. With more and more people surfing everyday and the introduction of our sport to the greatest sporting stage, The Olympics, surfer’s well-being has never been so important. Join us in Sagres to put your life saving skills to the test with our new and improved collection of hands on workshops, specifically designed for treating and caring for our friends in the surf. We will also be exploring hot topics of drowning resuscitation, UV exposure, recent environmental challenges, the professional surfer and many more. For the first time we will also hear from experts working in the field of ‘surfing and disability’, so there will be lots in store.

We will be providing a platform for your research or local project to be presented to a global network of health professionals. The Surfing Medicine conference is a place to connect, to be inspired by other professionals and to continue learning.

The SMI, together with your help, will be tackling head-on the one of the biggest challenges in surfing medicine – educating and training surfers in water safety. We want to continue the push to make surfers themselves the ‘lifeguards of the ocean’, and giving SURFERS the tools to make their surfing community as safe and accessible as possible for all.

The organisation has applied for accreditation for the event. Follow our social media for updates on the preliminary programme and keynote speakers.

We look forward to seeing you all on the familiar shores of the South-west Cape of Europe, Portugal. See you in the line up!






Call For Abstracts

The SMI would like to invite all participants to send their abstracts for short presentations to us at We hope to you guys are stoked to present evidence based Surfing Medicine and to win the fantastic price for the best academic contribution to Surfing Medicine.

This year our science team will select out the best and most innovative research and invite them to take centre stage on the podium to share their work with the conference! So get your abstracts in to be in for the chance. The deadline for submissions is September 8th 2017




Join us at the Memmo Baleeira Hotel’ in Sagres, located within the beautiful southwest corner of the Portugal where our organisation took its first steps way back in 2012.

Use code WSURFINGMED17 to book your hotel room in the Memmo Hotel to get special rates for the event.

The picturesque village of Sagres has plenty other accomodation for everyone’s needs/budget, from AirBNB, hostel, camping sites and more. The best way to get to Sagres is via flight to Faro or Lisbon, followed by a drive from Faro (1h30 min) or Lisbon (3 hrs).



Image Credit

Flyer image courtesy of Joao Bracourt