World Conference 2018

Get your discounted Super Early Bird Ticket now! Available till 1st of March 2018!

Or start your research to submit your abstract.

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


Dates:   Mon 24th — Fri 28th  September 2018
Location:   Newquay, Cornwall, UK



The program will be updated as more and more speakers confirm.



(alphabetical order by last name)

Matt Barlow: Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, with a special interest in marine sports

Hylmar Elsenga: Emergency doctor, lifeguard, motor behind our Basic Surf Life Support course (BSLS)

Markus Emerich: Traveler, surfer and a love for ENT

Loes Hanck: Addiction Medicine Specialist, will update us on substance abuse in athletes

Vibeke Hjortdal: Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon

Anton Page: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will update us on bystander rescue

Roberto Gomez Tarle: Dermatologist and surfer, will update us on UV-related skin diseases



Submit your paper, poster or project before the 30/08/2018
The best research will be rewarded with great prices
Learn more below


Surfing Medicine International (SMI) welcomes you to the 6th international conference – “The World Conference on Surfing Medicine” in Newquay, Cornwall, UK from 24th to 28th September 2018.

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 Sagres conference in 2017, 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 Newquay 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 programme and keynote speakers.

We look forward to seeing you all on the shores of Cornwall, UK. See you in the line up!



Conference Fees 2018


Super Early Early Bird Regular Price
Students € 100 € 150 € 200
Resident Doc
€ 200 € 250 € 300
Consultant Doc
Industry Representative
€ 300 € 350 € 400




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.

Winners of the price for best abstract/research in Surfing Medicine in 2017: Hanna & Iwo vom Poland just won a brand new surfboard & surf ponchos

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 August 30th 2018