Surfer’s Ear

External Auditory Exostosis/Exostoses, or “Surfer’s Ear”, are generally painless, benign, maladies that do not require surgical intervention. Progressive growth leads to increasing external auditory canal obstruction, conductive hearing loss, and possible frequent episodes of otitis externa (i.e. infection). Whilst the cause of surfer’s ear, has yet to be conclusively established, prevailing clinical consensus accepts cold […]

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Papa-he-nalu

Papa-he-nalu, planches de surf, surfbretter, サーフボード, tablas de surf; call them what you will, it really doesn’t matter: WE LOVE SURFBOARDS. What’s more, wave riding is our passion. So, no matter whether it’s on a mat, your belly, or with a hand plane, keep on doing it! That’s why we have invited the very best in […]

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Coming Home to Ground

The first time I met Fergal I was pleasantly surprised by how affable, unassuming, and down-to-earth he was. We talked about common interests; no, not surfing especially (although it may have been discussed), but trees. Fergal and his brother, Kevin, had only recently begun posting their Growing Series online. It was through this medium that I […]

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Flow

“I paddled fast to my left, angling toward the next wave, stroked and stood and felt the board accelerate and pumped once and into my bottom turn, and then the world vanished. There was no self, no other. For an instant, I didn’t know where I ended and the wave began. This was an instant […]

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Drop In Turn On Tune Out: Commitment, Death, and Anxiety

“Surfing gives you very elemental illustrations of broader truths by serving as a microcosm that we can grasp” – Steve Pezman, surfing sage, The Surfer’s Journal Publisher, and then SURFER Magazine Editor in conversation with countercultural icon, Timothy Leary, in 1978 (1,2). Just one articulation of why surfing means so much to us. There are […]

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Heads-Up Surfing!

Protective Head Gear: How come this never caught on? We know surfing has a relatively low risk of injury in comparison to a range of other sports.  Nathanson et al. reported an acute injury rate of 0.9 injuries/person/year (1) in an observational, retrospective study of acute and chronic surfing-related injuries using a web-based multiple choice […]

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Pre- and In-hospital resuscitation strategies in accidental hypothermia

Focus on Resuscitation – 10th September 2014 The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) are delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Wanscher and Dr. Steen Barnung to Ireland to speak on Pre- and In-hospital resuscitation strategies in accidental hypothermia at the 3rd Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine, The Glasshouse, Sligo on 10th September 2014. Dr. Barnung […]

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16 EACCME Credits!

Breaking News! This just in … Hot off the press. We’re delighted to announce that: The ‘The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD)’ (or) ‘3rd Annual Conference Surfing Medicine’ is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution […]

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Performance & 2D:4D

Could prenatal hormone levels influence surfing prowess? The relative length of your second digit (i.e. index finger, 2D) to that of your fourth (ring finger, 4D) expressed as a fraction is known as the digit ratio or 2D:4D. This ratio has been demonstrated to correlate with performance in numerous sports research (1) and is thought […]

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Surf Science Snapshot!

Short & stocky or tall & thin … what make-up are pro-surfers? MR standing tall at Off the Wall 1976 Although the evidence is limited, Mendez-Villanueva and Bishop (1) find, in their comprehensive review of the literature, that competitive surfers seem to be shorter and lighter than their average age-matched sporting counterparts. They report that […]

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Paddling Around!

Are we really paddling that much? In a study performed at the Sports Performance Research Institute at Auckland Technical University by Farley et al. (1) twelve nationally ranked NZ surfers were equipped with heart rate (HR) monitoring devices, global positioning system (GPS) units, and were videoed during two competitive heats. The greatest amount of time […]

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Surfer’s Academy Unleashed!

The Surfer’s Academy! – Trailer series from The EASD on Vimeo. The Surfer’s Academy! – Trailer series from The EASD on Vimeo. SURFER’S ACADEMY, Saturday 13th September 2014 The Glasshouse, Sligo, North-West Coast Ireland Wow … So what’s this all about? The Surfer’s Academy marks the beginning of the EASD’s Outreach Program – translating our […]

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What is your Specialty?

Let’s take a look at the demographics of Conference 2014. Based on applications so far, it’s a veritable United Nations (UN) of Surfing Health Professionals! As always, a broad spectrum of specialties is represented, with strong showings by General Practitioners / Family Medicine Specialists, Physiotherapists, and Emergency Medicine Doctors. But there’ll also be attendees flying […]

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Wake Up! Keeping the Boardrider Healthy and Safe

News from our men in Vienna … Surfing is our love, medicine our passion, but we are not only surfers! EASD members are also Skaters, Snowboarders, Kite-surfers, Windsurfers, and many of them wakeboarders. Belonging to the board sport family, wakeboarding produces similar injuries and health problems as surfing does. For many years, the surf community […]

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Last chance to submit your research!

The revised deadline of the 1st August 2014 is looming for research abstract submission! You’d better get your skates on if you want to present your research in Ireland at this year’s Conference. We will accept abstract submissions up to midnight on the 1st August 2014, after that, you’ll just have to wait another year. […]

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Conference 2014 delegates draped in Style …

As if World-Class Speakers, Stunningly Beautiful Locations, and Prime Surfing were not enough … we’ll see you decked-out in comfort and style at Conference 2014 as well. The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) has teamed up with premium Irish Surf Brand, Emerald Surfwear, to bring Conference attendees something special to capture your time in […]

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Introducing the “Masterclass in Surfing Medicine”

The 3rd Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine (The Glasshouse, Sligo, Ireland, 9th-13th September 2014) sees the introduction of the Masterclass. You’ll have the possibility to participate in two (2) different Masterclasses, one during the afternoon of the 10th and another on the morning of the 12th. In a small group (10-12 persons) of stoked surfing […]

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Fáilte Ireland joins the line-up for Conference 2014!

First off, the European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) is delighted to announce “Meet in Ireland” (Fáilte Ireland/Irish Tourism Development Authority) as sponsor for Conference 2014! “Meet in Ireland” will provide overseas marketing and promotional support for the 3rd Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine, 9th-13th September 2014, at The Glasshouse. So many people have been […]

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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 has been more thoroughly researched. The prevalence of substance use […]

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1st EASD Global Outreach Report

Surfing Medicine Outreach 2011-2014 European Association of Surfing Doctors The European Association of Surfing Doctors is proud to present our first global outreach report. Our non-profit organisation is based on accredited applied skills, state of the art knowledge, evidence-based science, and transparency. Since the founding of the EASD three years ago, great things have been […]

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Surf-related Scientific Research and Hanging with Prof … All in a day at Conference 2014!

Our scientific line-up is on its way to Ireland too … In our Poster Presentation session, part of the evening programme on Day 2 (11th September) of Conference 2014, you’ll hear about recent findings in a range of surf-related scientific research. Researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, USA, and Ireland will share their expertise […]

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