It was a great World Conference 2018, thank you all for coming

Picture this :

  • a line up of inspiring and knowledgeable speakers in the Surfing Medicine world today
  • an academic platform where authentic research & public health projects can be presented
  • the introduction of taskforce interest/specialty meetings to help translate Surfing Medicine into practice & your local surf community
  • a gathering of friends and peers; from students to professors; groms – pro’s – masters
  • a top class marine environment and  location full of swell, stoke and surf culture


Dates:   Mon 24th — Fri 28th  September 2018
Location:   Newquay, Cornwall, UK





  • Find the full program for the World Conference on Surfing Medicine here!





  • Mike Tipton

  • Professor Mike Tipton knows everything there is to know about the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments.


    (alphabetical order by last name) Click on a speaker name to find out more!

    • Matt Barlow: Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, with a special interest in marine sports
    • Tijs van Bezeij: Will lecture on water as therapy.
    • Delphine Besson: Life experience on surfing with a neuromuscular disease.
    • Olivier Chambres: ENT surgeon and long-standing SMI enthusiast
    • Emily Currie: Stoked surfer who will represent GB during the olympics
    • Hylmar Elsenga: Emergency Physician, lifeguard, driving force behind our Basic Surf Life Support course (BSLS)
    • Markus Emerich: Traveler, surfer, researcher and a loves his work as Ear-Nose-Throat Surgery Resident and scientist.
    • Terry Farrell: Medical Director of the WSL Big Wave Tour
    • Roberto Gomez Tarle: Dermatologist and surfer, will update you on UV-related skin diseases
    • Mischa Goettinger: Driving force behind the Surf Life Support Courses, SMI app developer, Sports Physician
    • Loes Hanck: Addiction Medicine Specialist, will update us on substance abuse in athletes
    • Nick Hounsfield: Expert on surfing in artificial environments
    • Vibeke Hjortdal: Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery (MD, PhD, DMSc)
    • Takeshi Kojima: Orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in surfing injuries
    • Anne Leonard: Teaching us on antibiotic resistance in surfers
    • Leon Meijer: Physiotherapist and kitesurfer, with a special interest in kitesurfing injuries
    • Paddy Morgan: Trauma team leader and anaesthetist with a special interest in drowning
    • Anton Page: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will update us on bystander rescue
    • Clive Rodell: Surf coach with over 35 years of experience
    • RNLI lifeguards: Get active and learn from the RNLI lifeguards in our beach workshop
    • Hugo Tagholm: Chief executive for Surfers Against Sewage


    Surfing Medicine International (SMI) welcomes you to the 6th international conference – “The World Conference on Surfing Medicine” in Newquay, Cornwall, UK from 24th to 28th September 2018.

    Learn about surfer’s health and safety, contribute to the development of surfing medicine, and celebrate with us what will be a key landmark in SMI’s history.

    Following on from the success our Sagres conference in 2017, we now turn to look at Surfing Medicine’s position on the world stage. With more and more people surfing everyday and the introduction of our sport to the greatest sporting stage, The Olympics, surfer’s well-being has never been so important. Join us in Newquay to put your life saving skills to the test with our new and improved collection of hands on workshops, specifically designed for treating and caring for our friends in the surf. We will also be exploring hot topics of drowning resuscitation, UV exposure, current environmental challenges, the professional surfer up to ‘surfing and disability’; a very diverse program with worldwide experts is welcoming you in Newquay!

    We will be providing a platform for your research or local project to be presented to a global network of health professionals. The Surfing Medicine conference is a place to connect, to get inspired by other professionals and to continue learning.

    The SMI, together with your help, will be tackling head-on the one of the biggest challenges in surfing medicine – educating and training surfers in water safety. We want to continue the push to make surfers themselves the ‘lifeguards of the ocean’, and giving SURFERS the tools to make their surfing community as safe and accessible as possible for all.

    The conference has been granted 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®). 

  • Follow our social media for updates on the programme and keynote speakers.

    • Call For Abstracts

      The 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!

      Winners of the price for best abstract/research in Surfing Medicine in 2017: Hanna & Iwo vom Poland just won a brand new surfboard & surf ponchos

      This year our science team will select out 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.



This year we are pleased to announce that the World Conference on Surfing Medicine has been granted 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).


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