Surfer’s Academy – Community Health Symposium

Symposium on Health & Performance for surf & coastal community – The event is open for all interested welcome, age +14; Surfers, Bodyboarders, Kite & Wind Surfers, Lifeguards, medical professionals and all other water sport fanatics!

The educational programme will be provided in the format of an interactive symposium with mini-lectures on the topics: Drowning & Water safety, Surfing Injuries & Prevention and Elite Training & Performance. See below the full preliminary program.

The Surfer’s Academy marks the continuation of Surfing Medicine International’s outreach activities in the surf & coastal community – translating our mission to educate on health & well being.



Daymen Huband

Medical Doctor, preceding career in pre-hospital care as paramedic, specific interest in bystander rescue of Surfers

Jordan Te Aramoana Waiti

Lecturer within the Hautaki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance. Phd Maori Public Health

Sam Cosgrove

Medical Doctor, specific interest in nutrition and health of Surfer’s athletes.

Oliver Farley

Head of Strength & Conditioning for Surfing NZ, completed PhD Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, a research fellow for AUT University and runs his own Board Sports Training business.

Phil Watson

Physiotherapist, interest in prevention and treatment of Surfing Injuries, day-day practice with Surfers, Hutt Valley

Dion van de Schoot

Emergency Medicine Doctor, Wellington NZ, co-founder of Surfing Medicine International, Advanced Surf Life Support Instructor