Providing platform for community to be inspired, connect and collaborate on research.

Collecting real world data with surf community

Evidence base for Surfing Medicine


Evidence Based 

YOU can present your current research projects around Surfing, share experience, receive feedback and collaborate with experts worldwide to gain new insights, develop guidelines, giving back to research & surfing, alike.

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Over the last decades we have seen a gradual increase in publications around Surfing Injuries, associated diseases and therapeutic use of the sport itself.

With the challenges of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rapid climate change with an increase of natural disaster affecting coastal regions, rapid increase in artificial wave surf environments, an aging surfing population, increase in big wave surfing and global acknowledgement of Surfing therapeutics, there are many research questions that have not been answered or explored before.

SMI endeavours to guide research always around one core objective: “keeping the Surfer healthy and safe”

No matter if you are a novice or established researcher, SMI provides everyone the chance to participate with several activites and tools.


Get inspired, connect and fast forward your scientific publications & projects

Discuss research agenda, identify gaps and research priorities with peers in your specific field of expertise.

Present your work in research webinars, or join a focused workgroup, become an affiliate to access.

Find out more about a community of professionals across multiple disciplines representing:

  • Medicine – medical & surgical specialties (paramedic/nursing/doctors)
  • Physiotherapists / Occupational Therapists dedicated to Surf Injuries & therapy
  • Psychologists / Counseling
  • Training & Performance Specialists
  • Environmental scientists focus on ocean & surfer’s health
  • Social Scientists expertise in surf culture / heritage
Active Studies

Today’s Research Tomorrow’s Standards

SMI Research plays an important role in improving human understanding of Surfing medicine and physiology and, in turn, shaping Surf safety guidelines to make the sport safer for everyone.

SMI research department leads several in-house studies and oversees studies at collaborating universities and institutions.

As a nonprofit organization, SMI has become a unique hub for a wide network of Surfing Medicine researchers

If you are curious what SMI researchers and collaborators are working on, view here the ongoing studies.

Completed Studies

Review latest Publications

Over the last years we have seen a gradual increase in publications around Surfing Injuries, associated diseases and therapeutic use of the sport itself.

Find here a selection of the recent publications, ranging from bystander rescue to surfer’s shoulder. Please contact us if you would like to present your abstract.


Surfing Injury Research


Welcome to the first Global Injury Register for board riding water sports. This anonymous five (5) minute survey is being conducted by Surfing Medicine International, the world’s leading network for health professionals focused on keeping the surfer healthy and safe.

The purpose of the Global Injury Register is to find out more about the prevalence and patterns of injury in board riding sports. With this knowledge we aim to improve safety measures, help industry evolve safer products, and deliver board riders everywhere reliable, activity-specific, and trusted safety and first aid information.

Surf Year Calculator

Defining exposure


The Surf Year Calculator helps to produce a numerical value of your lifetime surf exposure called Surf Years. It is essential we accepted value of exposure in science around Surfing Injuries.

A surf year (1 SY) is defined as 5 hours spent in the water surfing every week for one year. People who surf often vary their surfing habits over the years which can make it difficult to create a surf year score. This surf year calculator simplifies that task. You can enter any number of habits for everyday surfing and surf trip exposure, respectively.

You can use it as a tool for surf related research or risk assessment on your patients. Or if you ever wanted to know how much hours you’ve spent in the water.

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