5-8 April 2023

Valdoviño, Spain








About WCSM 2023


Surfing Medicine International brings an unique event: The World Conference on Surfing Medicine returns to the northern hemisphere, Valdoviño, Galicia, Spain. In the Surfing paradise of South-West Europe, we will offer a three-day program of inspiring lectures, workshops and outdoor activities, featuring leading specialists and inspirational speakers in surfers’ health, injury prevention, drowning prevention, surfers as bystander rescuers, training, performance and ocean environment.

Now entering its ninth edition, the #WCSM2023 is a state-of-the-art conference delivering premium academic content in an engaging and interactive format, providing a scientific, evidence-based, platform for key stakeholders in modern surfing sports making it the platform for sharing and learning with medical professionals, surfing industry & athletes, students, coaches & strength condition trainers, sport & environmental scientists, water safety experts and lifeguards.

Each daily program at WCSM 2023 will be dedicated to a theme reflecting the needs of the modern day surfer:

Program overview

5th April   Pre Conference Workshops

                       Registration and Opening Event 

6th April Day 1: Acute Injuries; Rescue, Resuscitation & Trauma 

7th April Day 2: Injury Prevention & Performance

8th April Day 3: The Impact Zone; Leadership, education & impact


This year we are pleased to announce that the World Conference on Surfing Medicine has been granted 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).


Invitation to Participate WCSM23


  • Surfers
  • Health Care Professionals – medical doctors, Nurses, Physio & Osteopath, Psychologist
  • Lifeguards & Water Patrol
  • Environmental & Sport Scientists
  • Students


Galicia, Valdoviño


The rugged coastline of Galicia offers the perfect dramatic backdrop for the WCSM. Spectacular cliffs, lush valleys and wild beaches that offer more than enough nooks and crannies to score perfect surf.

Tired from scoring perfect waves in crystal clear water, you can replenish in one of the lovely villages and chow down on the amazing food




 Pre Courses

5 April 2023


Precourse Drowning Resuscitation

This precourse is aimed at physicians and paramedical professionals. During interactive sessions you will get an update on priorities on the latest evidence on drowning and train your practical skills in scenario’s on the beach designed to implement this. Topics that will be covered are rescue, resuscitation of non-fatal drowning and hypothermic patient, cpr, point-of-care ultrasound, ecmo, communication & leadership, transport and decision making. The instructors are globally leading experts on drowning rescuscitation, working daily as emergency medicine specialists and are looking forward to immerse you in this exciting topic!

Bring your wetsuit, booties and a towel to this precourse for the beach training & scenario’s!

Limited availability

Precourse Physiotherapy and Orthopedic Consultation in Surfers

This precourse is aimed at medical specialists and physiotherapist that work with surfers (sports medicine, orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapy and manual therapy). During this precourse you will get specific in-depth knowledge on how to diagnose, treat, train and approach surfers by the latest evidence and training programs. The precourse will be a blend of lectures, interaction and hand ons teaching including the basics on ultrasound scanning of the surfers shoulder. Join this precourse to meet our international network of specialists and learn with them! For more information on surf injury prevention in surfers check out SMI’s Injury Prevention Program here

Limited availability

Day 1

6 April 2023


Acute Surf Injuries; Rescue, Resuscitation & Trauma

During Day 1 you will get an update on the history, the current best practices and the future of rescue, resuscitation & trauma related to surfing. Experienced clinicians and lifeguard instructors will deliver the content in interactive lectures and hands on workshops to optimise learning you the skills you need in the surf and in your profession!

Delivery: lectures/workshops/interaction


Surf Rescue & bystander rescue

Drowning Resuscitation

Airway Management & CPR in the aquatic environment

The future of rescue & resuscitation

Workshops in surf rescue, cpr & airway management, crew resource management, performing under pressure, creating teams & team flow.

Day 2

7 April 2023


Surf Training & Performance. Get ready for the ride of your life!

During the second day we will get your body and mind ready to train and perform. Our global leading network of professionals will update you on the latest insights in research on surf training theory, training en injury prevention which you can directly implement in your routine or practice. How do you keep yourself fit to perform? What is the ideal prevention program? How do you instruct your surfing patient or yourself to rehabilate? Join us and get ready for the ride of your life!

Delivery: Lecture/workshops/ interaction


Training elite and amateur surf athletes

Surfers shoulder diagnosis, treatment & prevention

Spinal pathologies in surfing & their prevention

Surf physiotherapy

Orthopedic surgery in surfers; considerations and techniques


Day 3

8 April 2023


The Impact Zone

Leadership, education & impact

On the final day of the conference we will dive into inspiring stories, evidence based leadership & education and practical tips on how to improve your game. How can you succesfully compose a team? How do you globally train surfers as bystander rescuers? How do you keep yourself fit to perform in the surf and in your work? From international collaboration during highly complex surgery, setting up post docs in surfing medicine to online possibilities in e-health, education and collaboration. Global leaders in their field will inspire you and make you interact with us to learn together how we can lead by example while staying not only healthy but also stoked. Get ready to duckdive into your personal impact zone!

Delivery: Lectures/workshops/interaction


Global collaboration & female leadership

SMI’s Surf Injury Prevention Program implementation (GetSetApp IOC/Skadefri/SMI)

How to set up a curriculum in surfing medicine at your university

Training surfers as bystander rescuers

Personal & Team Flow

Crew Resource Management

Communication & Negotiation

Fit to perform

Join Our Live Beach Workshops!

Rescue, Resuscitation & Trauma Simulation

6 April 14.00 – 16.00h

SMI is extremely proud to present its largest rescue, resuscitation & trauma workshops we ever organized! In partnership with leaders in the field of real life aquatic scenario training of the University of Vigo & Santiago de Compostela we designed workshops for paramedics as well as experienced medical professionals to up your skills to the next level. Because of our large group of medical and paramedical professionals, every conference participant can take part of this unique and exciting experience! The beach workshops are included in the conference ticket


Basic workshop stations

Rescue: Board rescue technique of unconscious victim

Resuscitation: CPR adult, CPR pediatric, airway management basics including bag valve ventiltation


Advanced workshop stations

Real life scenario’s led by experienced instructors with CPR mannikins and lotus victims

Drowning, hypothermia, CPR, airway management

Massive hemorrhage in the aquatic setting

Traumatic spinal and brain injury

Jet ski rescue

On boat resuscitation exercise (CPR training on a moving boat)


Hans van der Broek

Hans van den Broek works in the ocean, and dedicated his life to making that surrounding an enjoyable and safe place for everyone by training lifeguards, surf coaches and entrepreneurs about water safety, beach safety, sustainability and sustainable economics. Hans has been responsible for the lifeguard training of Surfing Medicine International at SMI’s Advanced & Basic Surf Life Support Courses and other events such as the World Conference Surfing Medicine. 

Eline Thijssen

Eline Thijssen works as a resident Sports Medicine in Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and has a special interest in surfing medicine and triathlon. She rolled into Surfing Medicine International during de World Conference of 2017 and stayed within the team since then. Eline is active in communication, marketing and outreach and is also involved in surfing related research and injury prevention. Besides the normal work responsibilities Eline spends a lot of time on the bike, running or swimming and she competes in triathlon races both off-road and on-road. In the winter time she loves to go snowboarding and during summer she likes to be in the mountains. 

Favorite surfboard type: longboard 

Relevant publications:  

1. River surfing injuries – Epidemiology, mechanism and prevention (DOI)link: 

2. Surfing and Health in the Covid-19 Era: A Narrative Review  link:

Pedro Reimunde

Pedro Reimunde works as Neurosurgeon at the Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti (Lugo) and Associate Professor of Surgical Pathology at the Universidade da Coruña (UDC). He is co-director of the post-degree course in “Physical training and physical readaptation in surfing” at the UDC. He is too Degree in Physiotherapy and Degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences. In his daily clinical practice Pedro attend to patients with many neurosurgical pathologies that may be related to surfing, such as: traumatic brain injury, spinal trauma or cervical and lumbar spondyloarthrosic pathology, etc. And on the other hand, Pedro is, above all, a passionate about sports and surfing; he is a local surfer from A Mariña, in the north of Lugo (Galicia), but he surf frequently along the entire north and northwest coast of Galicia. 

Favorite surfboard type: shortboard / sci-fi 2.0 

Relevant publications:  

1. Zebrafish Models for the Safety and Therapeutic Testing of Nanoparticles with a Focus on Macrophages (DOI) link:  

2. Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Glioblastoma and Zebrafish Models for the Discovery of New Treatments (DOI) link:  

Prof. Roberto Barcala Furelos

Professor Roberto Barcala Furelos has a Ph.D. in Sports Sciences (University of Vigo, Spain). He has a Bachelor in Sport Sciences (PE) and Bachelor in Nursing (RN). Professor Roberto Barcala Furelos is a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor. Currently is a professor at the University of Vigo and Head of the university research group REMOSS (performance in sports and lifesaving) and a member of the CLINURSID group (networking medical and nursing group of the University of Santiago de Compostela – Spain). His research is focused on Water Rescue, Lifeguards, and Drowning prevention. He is the coordinator of the lifesaving group (SEMES-SOCORRISMO) of the Spanish emergency society (SEMES) and has authored several scientific papers in journals with impact factor. 



Ana Catarina Queiroga, PhD

Catarina is a Microbiologist with a PhD in Biology and has since 2006 been engaged in several lifesaving projects as well as teaching. She has a special interest in drowning research and prevention issues and in promoting water safety in developing countries as well as within non-native and high-risk communities in developed countries.   

She has concentrated her scientific collaboration in several drowning prevention research projects, actively collaborating with University of Porto (Portugal), University of Vigo (Spain), Federation University (Australia), University of Auckland (New Zealand) and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Currently, an integrated member at EPI-Unit, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (Portugal).  

She is President of Surfrider Foundation Portugal, and co-founder of IDRA, a member of the Drowning Prevention Commission and Medical Committee of The International Life Saving Federation (ILS),and member of the Drowning Prevention Commission of ILSE. 

In 2020 & 2021 she has coordinated and co-authored the IDRA-ILS-IMRF Joint Position Statement on the resuscitation of the drowned person during COVID19 Era. She has recently worked for PAHO/WHO has a drowning prevention international consultant. 

Favorite surfboard type: paddle and bodyboard  

Follow Catarina on: 



Research Gate 

Prof. Vibeke Hjortdal

Vibeke Hjortdal is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, specializing in congenital heart diseases and related fields. She holds a PhD and is a Doctor of Medical Sciences, both from Aarhus University (AU).Professor Hjortdal has been knighted by the Queen of Denmark and is a member of theOrder of the Dannebrog.

Her primary field of research is pathophysiology in congenital heart diseases with a special interest in the inter-relationship between cardiac and pulmonary function at rest and during exercise and long-term outcome, lymphatic function in univentricular hearts, and neurodevelopmental outcome from fetus to adult. Hjortdal pursues a translational approach, where clinically relevant questions are studied through basic science, clinical projects and epidemiology.

With more than 300 peer reviewed publications and more than 10 textbook chapters Hjortdal is a widely renowned scientist in her field. She has been invited lecturer more than 50 times and has presented numerous times. Hjortdal is also reviewer at many high impact international journals.

She has always been invested in teaching and guiding aspiring scientists and has supervised many DMSc, PhDs and research year students.

Since 2009 she has regularly engaged in charitable work with the organisations Chain of Hope, London, where she is also a member of the Strategic Planning Board, and Gift of Life, New York. With these NGOs Hjortdal has performed surgeries on children and young adults with congenital heart diseases in developing countries all over the world. 

Favorite surfboard type: longboard 

Johann Klasen

Johann Klasen works as an orthopedic physician in a hospital and in a praxis in Hamburg and has a special interest in sports medicine, spinal surgery and conservative orthopedic medicine. On his time off, Johann enjoys traveling, hanging out with nice people and doing sports.  

Favorite surfboard type: Fish 

Jonan Etxebarria

Jonan Etxebarria  has currently founded a School that unifies the doctrines of Lifeguarding and Surfing, training future lifeguards and surf instructors (SOS & SURF ESKOLA SOPELA). 

During his professional life he has worked as a beach lifeguard, Red Cross beach coordinator and lifeguard and surf instructor trainer for 27 years, which has become the “Socorrismo para Surfistas (Lifeguarding for Surfers)”” project. As a Risk Prevention Technician, he has also carried out risk analysis for the wave pools of Bristol (England) and Sion (Switzerland). Speaker at different Surf Film Festivals (Madrid, Bilbao,Canary Islands,…) and is currently a voluntary member of the Bizkaia Red Cross Flood Emergency Rescue team. Jet ski lifeguard and collaborator in the security design of the Punta Galea Challenge big wave event since 2013.  

Favorite surfboard type: shortboard/longboard/big wave gun 

Relevant publications:                                      

1. “Lifeguarding for Surfers” Book (Spanish and Italian Edition (DOI)link 

2. “Rescue Board Manual” (DOI) link: 


Linkedin / Website organization:               / 

Prof. Joel de Oliveira

Joel de Oliveira, PhD. Professor of Sports Science in Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Portugal. Degree in Physical Education and Sport. Master’s in Physical Education Teaching in Basic and Secondary Education. PhD in Sports Science (Aquatic Safety-Surfing). Surfing and Swimming Coach. Research topics: Surfers as Bystanders Rescuers and Surf Medicine 

Relevant publications:                                      

  1. de Oliveira, J., Piñeiro-Pereira, L., Padrón-Cabo, A., Alonso-Calvete, A., García-Crespo, O., Varela-Casal, C., Queiroga, A.C., & Barcala-Furelos, R. (2021). Percepciones, conocimientos y educación para la prevención del ahogamiento en adolescentes. Revista Española de Salud Pública. 95(1), 1-19.  
  2. Barbosa-Sequeira J, Oliveira J. Queiroga AC, Moreira-Pinto J. Prevalence of sport surfing-related injuries – a cross-sectional study of the Portuguese surfing teachers. Sports Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 

     Favorite surfboard type: shortboard 

    Amrita Schäffler-Staud

    “Ami” Amrita Schäffler-Staud works at the department of Anesthesiology and Intensive-Care Medicine at the Medical UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL in Graz/ Austria. She is a trained general practitioner and currently in her 5th year of residency.  

    She joined the ASLS course as a participant in 2014 and since then is a volunteering member of Surfing Medicine International and for the last years now the course director of the annual “Advanced Surf Life Support” course. 

     She has a special interest in surfing medicine, alpine medicine, emergency medicine, natural/alternative medicine and special anesthesia. On her time off, Ami loves to travel and enjoys to be in nature either in the mountains hiking, snowboarding or splitboarding, and close to the ocean for surfing. 

    Favorite surfboard type: shortboard, longboard 

    Pedro Seixas

    Pedro Seixas works as teacher for the Physiotherapy Course at Atlântica School of Health & Sciences (Oeiras, Portugal) and has a special interest in surfing injuries and cardiorespiratory impairments. As founder of SURFISIO back in 2011, he’s been working with surfers in injury prevention training and treatment  and was also physiotherapist of the Surfing National Team (2013-2014). 

    Currently finishing his PhD in Sports Training, with is thesis intitled “Sensorimotor training program for aerial manoeuvres performance and its relationship with lower limbs’ injuries in junior elite surfers”. 

    He also started and investigation line about Big Wave Surfers, concerning their injury and respiratory profile, which will be the subject of his Speciality Degree in Physiotherapy, to be presented soon. 

    On his time off, Pedro enjoys Surfing, sunset beers with friends, traveling with the family and Netflix & chill ☺▪

    Favorite surfboard type: Shortboard 

    Relevant publications:  

    1. Musculoskeletal injuries in Portuguese junior elite surfers: an epidemiologic and fitness exploratory study. 

    2. Setting qualitative performance parameters of elite surfing aerial manoeuvres with 360° rotation. (in press) 

    Linkedin / Website organization:                       Pedro Seixas / 

    Hylmar Elsenga

    Hylmar Elsenga currently works as an emergency physician in Alkmaar, The Netherlands and has been onboard the SMI since the very first beginning. Since 2013 as part of the organizing committee of the annual Advanced Surfing Life Support course. In 2015 he developed the lay version of the ASLS, the Basic Surf Life Support course. His interest for educating has been developing with the SMI, this has led to participation in research as well as defining a chapter in emergency medicine book (dutch). His interest for prehospital car sparked when working as crew on search and rescue vessels. On his time off, Hylmar is a watersports enthusiast (surfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding, among others) and loves to play music. 

    Favorite surfboard type: mini malibu 

    Relevant publications:

    1. Resuscitation and emergency care in Drowning: A scoping review  (DOI)link: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2021.01.033
    2. Resuscitation of persons who drowned in sea foam.  (DOI) link: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2021.11.003 

    Lisette Langenberg

    Lisette Langenberg is an orthopaedic surgery resident in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. She specializes in surgery of the upper limb, with a specific interest in Shoulder, elbow and wrist surgery. Currently she is finishing her PhD on corrective surgery of posttraumatic elbow deformities in the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She combined her passion for surfing with her professional career by publishing a review on chronic surf-induced trauma complaints in surfers with an amazing team of professionals who were acquainted via Surfing Medicine International; and by evaluating finger fractures due to the surf leash in a group of surfers in the area of Biarritz, where she was able to attend an internship in hand surgery. She lives with Hylmar Elsenga and their two children in a small town between Alkmaar and the beach. Whenever the conditions alow it, they will spend as much time in the water as possible. 

    Favorite surfboard type:  puddle jumper/Fish shape shortboard or longboard depending on conditions 

    Relevant publications:                                

    1. Langenberg LC, Vieira Lima G, Heitkamp SE, Kemps FLAM, Jones MS, Moreira MAAG, Eygendaal D. The Surfer’s Shoulder: A Systematic Review of Current Literature and Potential Pathophysiological Explanations of Chronic Shoulder Complaints in Wave Surfers. Sports Med Open. 2021 Jan 6;7(1):2 (DOI)link: (10.1186/s40798-020-00289-0)/link 
    2. Ruijs AC, Langenberg LC, Rezzouk J. Finger Trauma Due to Surfing; A Case Series and Analysis of Fracture Patterns. J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2017 Mar;22(1):10-13.  (DOI) link: (10.1142/S0218810417500010)/link 

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    Ingvar Berg

    Ingvar Berg works as an Emergency Physician in Haaglanden Medisch Centrum in The Hague and has a special interest in surfing medicine, advanced life support and POCUS. He is the co-founder and CEO of Surfing Medicine International, a globally active non-profit organisation that promotes health and water safety by connecting health professionals with a passion for surfing, conducts science and educates surfing health professionals as well as non-medically trained surfers. Ingvar is active in drowning research and education with a focus on emergency care, the role of surfers as bystander rescuers and surf injuries. On these topics he has co-organised and presented on multiple conferences and courses and he is looking forward to immersing you in the fascinating topic of surfing medicine including emergency responses and resuscitation. On his time off, Ingvar enjoys surfing in Scheveningen or exploring any other break around the world. 

    Favorite surfboard type: shortboard, lost mindriver 

     Relevant publications:

    Characteristics of surfers as bystander rescuers in Europe, AJEM 2021. (DOI) link: 

    Resuscitation of persons who drowned in sea foam. Resuscitation 2022. (DOI) link: 

    A call for the proper action on drowning resuscitation. Resuscitation 2016. (DOI) link: 


    Dion van de Schoot

    Dion van de Schoot works as an Emergency Physician in Te Whatu Ora Waikato, Hamilton New Zealand and has a special interest in Surfing Medicine, Point of Care ultrasound Human factors & Performance Psychology and Drowning. 

    He is the co-founder and COO of Surfing Medicine International, is active in development of educational content for healthcare professionals and Surfing community around Surfing Medicine. His research focus is around bystander rescue and drowning prevention in Surfing Community. He has chaired multiple conferences and is keen to bring all stakeholders together to make positive impact on Surfers wellbeing & health worldwide. 

     Relevant publications:

    1. Characteristics of surfers as bystander rescuers in Europe, AJEM 2021
    2. Surfing and Health in the Covid-19 Era: A Narrative Review  link:

     Favorite surfboard type: shortboard, lost minidriver, TJ Pro V Thunderbolt


    Prof. João Moreira-Pinto

    João Moreira Pinto, MD, PhD. Pediatric Surgery Consultant and Chief Innovation Officer at Hospital-Escola da Universidade Fernando Pessoa.Medical Degree at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, University of Porto (2004). Doctorate in Minimally Invasive Surgery at, School of Medicine, University of Minho (2014). PG Certificate in Health Economics at University of York (2020). Former member of the Educational Committee of the European Society of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons (2019-2021). Elected President of Sociedade Portuguesa de Cirurgia Pediátrica (2023-2025). Elected member of the Board of Health4Moz, NGO for Medical Education in Mozambique. Focusing his investigation on minimally invasive surgery, digital innovation, patient-reported outcomes, and surf medicine.

    Favorite surfboard type: longboard

    Relevant publications:

    1. Barbosa-Sequeira J, Oliveira J. Queiroga AC, Moreira-Pinto J. Prevalence of sport surfing-related injuries – a cross-sectional study of the Portuguese surfing teachers. Sports Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
    2. Coelho A, Marinho AS, Barbosa-Sequeira J, Nikutme A, Noya L, Rêgo C, Carvalho F, Moreira-Pinto J. Early results of a distance learning paediatric surgery programme in Mozambique. Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2022 Jul-Sep;19(3):164-166. doi: 10.4103/ajps.AJPS_151_20
    3. Monteiro C, Moreira-Pinto J, Queiroga AC. Injury patterns in competitive and recreational surfing: a systematic review. Injury Prevention 2022. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2021-044511

    Jennifer Straatman

    Jennifer Straatman is a gastrointestinal surgeon, currently working in the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, UK. She has a special interest in robotic surgery and oesophageal cancer surgery. In her spare time, she is an avid surfer, and loves to combine her passion for surfing and medicine in Surfing Medicine International. As an epidemiologist, she’s involved in many of SMI’s research projects and always keen to start up new projects.

    Favorite surfboard type: my handshaped Flow and Soul fish, 5’4”

    Relevant publications:

    River surfing injuries – Epidemiology, mechanism and prevention.

    All publications

    Sebastiaan Heitkamp

    Sebastiaan is working with surfers every day. As a physiotherapist / MSc Manual therapist in his hometown Scheveningen, but also abroad with the Dutch Olympic teams. He’s a real water fanatic and hopes to join you for a surf in Galicia. Together with Lisette Langenberg and a respectable crew of specialists, he did research about the surfers shoulder. His interest in this topic has led to multiple therapies, further research, and the Injury Prevention Program, made with a group of colleagues and in collaboration with the Norwegian Olympic department and Skadefri. He is keen to shar with you his passion for surfing related therapy and the surfer’s shoulder.    

    Favorite surfboard type: shortboard/fins/longboard/camera

    Relevant publications:

    1. The Surfer’s Shoulder: A Systematic Review of Current Literature and Potential Pathophysiological Explanations of Chronic Shoulder Complaints in Wave Surfers (DOI)link:

    2. Surfing (

    Ognjen Markovic

    Ogi started surfing 1986 on the beaches of California and never stopped surfing since. 

    Upon finishing his medical training he first worked in internal medicine and anaesthesiology before specializing in Ophthalmology, Optometry and Eye surgery. Later he widened his education in specializing in Occupational and Preventive Medicine with special interest in UV eye pathology.

    Currently Ogi also consult Plastic Soup foundation : Ocean Health and Safety, Plastics and Human Body Review, Surfing Medicine International’s Lab

    His love for surfing has lead him to become one of the founders of Surfing Medicine International, co-creator of the Surf firs Aid App and SMI coordinator of the HP Surf Coaching Uni Lisbon, all driven by the goal to: “Keep Surfers healthy and safe”. 

    Recent publications:

    River surfing injuries – Epidemiology, mechanism and prevention.

    Miguel Moreira

    Assistant Professor, Department of Sport and Health, FMH-ULisboa.

    Head professor of Surf Coaching specialization.

    Technical Consulting for Portuguese Surfing Federation (Coaching courses/High Performance).

    Former coach in gymnastics (trampoline) and former head coach of Portuguese diving national team.

    Bart Haveman

    Bart Haveman works as a Winchman Technical Crew member for the Netherlands Coastguard Search And Rescue contract, which is currently operated by Bristow group. Two Search And Rescue helicopters are on standby 24hrs per day all year round, to rescue people in distress and evacuate injured sailors and offshore workers in the North Sea area.
    Bart is a lifeguard instructor and a volunteer crew member for the Netherlands lifeboat institution (KNRM).
    On his time off, Bart can be found in the water, where he practices various watersports depending on the conditions provided. 

    Relevant publications:
    1. (DOI) link:

    Steven Sleeswijk Visser

    Steven is an experienced Intensivist/Critical Care specialist with a passion for direct patient care, education and teamwork, including anaesthesiology background.
    Specialties: echography; airway management; Team Resource Management (TRM), sedation and analgesia; acute medicine; training, education and coaching.

    Relevant publications:



    Guillermo Carracedo

    Professional surfer, social media influencer with more than 3 millions followers and works as a doctor for the ACB team Obradoiro Basket.



    Javier Cantera

    Javier Cantera works as European Projects Manager at the Regional Society of Education, Culture and Sport of the Government of Cantabria in Santander, Spain, where he currently manages the Erasmus+ Sport INCLUSEA and BLUESURFEST projects, which use surfing as a means of integration in

    Over the last two decades, Javier has developed international projects, businesses and strategies for governments, startups, corporations, non-profit organizations and academic circles around the world.

    His special interest in strengthening communities and promoting change through marine conservation, cultural development, science, sustainability and surfing led him to participate in several European wave-renewable energy projects (H2020 and 7FP), protect the marine environment as co-founder of the Surf & Nature Alliance, sail for peace and promote ocean literacy as president of the NGO Vital Alsar, lecture at two universities and celebrate surf culture by organizing the Cosmic Children Festival for 12 consecutive years.




    This year we are pleased to announce that the World Conference on Surfing Medicine has been granted 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

    Call for abstract

    SMI would like to invite all participants to send their abstracts for short presentations to us at We challenge you to present your research or case report on Surfing Medicine and to win a fantastic prize for the best academic contribution to Surfing Medicine!

    This year our science team will select 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.  Find the abstrac submission details below:

    Submission of Abstracts WCSM23

    SMI calls for research abstracts to be submitted for consideration as short presentation (10 minutes) or as a poster-presentations at the upcoming WCSM2023.
    We are in a continuous search for evidence-based medicine in the area of Surfing
    Medicine. Our association encourages projects/studies that introduce new insights and results into this field. Authors are encouraged to submit scientific abstracts in the field of surfing medicine in the broadest sense. Should your abstract be accepted, you will be invited to either present your findings in a 10 minute presentation, or present your poster at the conference and share your knowledge.


    Abstract submission details

    How to submit an abstract: Please provide a word document with the following information.

    1) Clearly state at the top of your abstract whether you want to be considered for;
    a) An oral presentation (10 minutes)
    b) A poster presentation (abstract max 400 words)
    c) Both.
    2) Title: a concise title that captures the essence of the project
    3) Authors and affiliations


    We look forward to receiving your work and sharing the knowledge at the World Conference in Galicia!


    We aim to host an inclusive event by providing scholarships for the World Conference on Surfing Medicine. Our team is committed to making the event accessible for participants from resource-limited regions, to provide a truly global platform and presentation of the community.

    The Scholarship Programme is accessible to everyone who is a medical student or professional origin from a non-High-Income Country, with a passion for Surfing and Medicine.

    The Scholarship provides a waive of conference fees to help people who would otherwise be unable to attend the event.

    Selection is depending on the following criteria:

    Origin from Non-High Income Country as per World Bank Classification
    Candidates who can provide evidence of activity in relevant sciences/community projects
    Candidates which can transfer skills and knowledge acquired at the conference to the local community/academia
    A non-biased review committee will score and review the scholarship applications.

    To apply for a scholarship send us an application to including:
    Cover Letter / Motivation including your proposal/involvement in the event

    Get to Valdovino

    The World Conference on Surfing Medicine 2023 will be hosted in Valdoviño, a rugged coastal village in Galicia, Spain. Beautiful beaches, lined by cliffs, make the perfect backdrop to learn more about surfing medicine, connect with likeminded people, and surf! The Casa de Cultura includes a Oceano Surf Museo (surf museum) telling the tale of surf history in the north of Spain and beyond.

    Location: Casa de Cultura, Valdoviño

    But how to get there?

    One of the goals of SMI is keeping surfer’s healthy and safe. Hosting a conference, a live conference, of course comes with a footprint. Therefore, we do support our participants looking into sustainable ways of travel. Here you’ll find a lot of possibilities to come and celebrate with us, pick what it right for you!



    There is no train station in Valdoviño. Best is to take the train to Ferrol, and get on a bus there to Valdoviño. It is probably cheapest to but train tickets via the Spanish train service, which you can find at


    In Spain there are many coach companies that will take you from city to city. These are also great to use if you fly in to another major airport and don’t want to do add a second flight. There are several websites offering tickets for buses.


    The closest airport near Valdoviño is located in A Coruña. From A Coruña there are several ways to get to the conference

    • A car ride takes 45 minutes. (There are many car rental companies at the airport)
    • Or take a local bus (see below for transport companies)

    Another option is to fly into Santiago de Compostella and arrange transport from there.

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