EASD Life: Illustrations of Surfing Medicine

Stoke. A lot has been said and written about the love for surfing. With big marketing campaigns, the surfing industry tries to capture the special feeling people tend to get while surfing. And scientists too have shown interest in “Flow” regarding a big wave surfing psychology article to which we referred previously. Surfing is just something we have to do. Need to do. Once explaining how grasping surfing can be, Kelly Slater said: “It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no getting out.”

Surfers. Gonna Surf.

Quiksilver Pro (Hossegor, France) – 2012 © Bas Bartholomeus

Generally spoken, most doctors seem to spend a lot of time in the hospital, not occasionally leading to sleep deprivation. Long working days, preparing for next day’s surgery program, after hours clinical in-depth investigations, endless power point presentations, on-call weekends, and night shifts sometimes make it difficult to go out for a paddle and increase your wave count. The surfing doctor is often dependent on a confined amount of weeks for holiday surf trips and a limited amount of long light summer nights and early dawn patrols to maintain his or her stoke. Especially when you’re living and working far from the coast. You would love to surf more, but it seems impossible.

Time for change.

Read the article below and improve your quality of life. Instantly. It was published in November 1987 in the LA Times and describes the lives of surfing doctor pioneers Mark Renneker, Tony Moore, Kevin Starr, and Jeff Harris. Their personal stories and some epic quotes will be truly inspiring to you. If you’re a doctor and already spending the same amount of or even more time in the water than in the hospital, the article might confirm you’re following the right path. For all other surfing doctors it will change their lives. For sure.

You can read it over and over again. It’s an evergreen. Enjoy!

Arvid Schigt.


What’s Up, Doc? : Medicine Men Make No Bones About Their Love for Surfing

November 15, 1987|ALLAN PARACHINI | Times Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — Every doctor has some galvanizing memory of medical school. Most involve some dynamic moment of enlightenment, like finally grasping the elusively subtle audible differences between heart rhythms.

For Dr. Mark Renneker, an assistant clinical professor at UC San Francisco Medical School, a staff physician at a local poverty clinic and a cancer prevention and education specialist at Samuel Merritt Hospital in Oakland, the memory is of a different kind.

To read this article in its entirety, please use the following link: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-11-15/news/vw-20948_1_surf-medicine

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