Let’s talk about Surfing and Substance Abuse

Doctors … Surfers … Addicts? “Keeping the Surfer Healthy and Safe”; that is the motto of the EASD Surfing Doctors. For years, the stereotype of the ‘pothead’ surfer has prevailed. Yet, there is only scant data to back up this stigma1. Substance abuse amongst doctors...

The Surfer’s Ear: I can’t hear you doc!

During the 1994 US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, California, a total of 307 surfers were screened on external auditory exostoses (EAE). There was a 73.5% overall prevalence of external auditory exostoses and a 19.2% overall prevalence of osteomas in the group...

The beauty of a surfboard (is) in the eye of the beholder…

Just like genitalia, the eye accounts for 1% of all surfing injuries. 14% of all surfing injuries is caused by the nose of the board (see our FFF). This week we review a 2004 case report that illustrates the 1:70000 chance of getting an eye injury caused by the nose...

Surfing Injuries: Demolition Dudes & Destruction Dudettes

In an observational, retrospective survey of acute and chronic surfing-related injuries, a 30-question interactive, internet-based, multiple choice survey was advertised in surfing periodicals and on surfing-related websites (inclusion for further analysis: n=1348,...

Pipes: surfing with Gerd

Using a modified Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale, surfers and non-surfers were asked to complete a written questionnaire survey in order to compare the prevalence of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), based on the hypothesis that paddling in the prone...

Head first?

In a cross-sectional survey of surfboard riders at the 8 most popular ocean surfing beaches on the east and west coasts of Victoria, near Melbourne, Australia, surfers were invited to participate if they were at least 18 years old and had been an active surfer for at...

Grow old like a young god: SURF!

In an observational study of male volunteers (mean age 60 +/- 2.3), surfers (n=11) and age-matched controls (n=11), the effects of long-term surfing on neuromuscular function was tested. Subjects participated in recreational surfing on a weekly basis for the past 20...