Warm water and tasty waves to you in 2015. The Surfers Medical Association will celebrate its 30th year of going to Tavarua Island in Fiji, where the idea for the SMA came into being. Surfers from the California, Hawaii, Australia and few selected other docs met in the new found Mecca of surfing at Tavarua.
SMA is the “grandfather” of all of the medical surfing related groups and projects that are present today. We traveled to spots off of the beaten path where we surfed, conferenced and started health programs, the spots have now become mainstreamed surfing spots. SMA members were in the first waves of surf explorers in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mexico, Central and South America since the 1950’s.
The first generation of “surf docs” Dr. Barney Wilkes, Doc Ball, Dr. Don James, Doc Paskowitz and other docs lead the way in surfing medicine in the 1930’s to 1950’s and a bit beyond. Dr. Robert Scott of Santa Cruz, bridged the gap from the 1960’s until the SMA started.
Throughout this year and the next we will be celebrating Surfing Medicine and its history at our conferences, in the Journal of Surfing Medicine with expanded coverage with the help of The Surfers Journal and in our working with other groups, organizations and projects.
There also is the exciting possibilities of change in the leadership of the SMA with another generation of surfing health/medical practitioners stepping up to head up the projects, conferences and the organization itself.
Watch us this year as we drop in with you, Live AlohaBill Jones.
SMA Executive Director
Actress Helen Hunt
Actress Helen Hunt rides the curl in her second surf oriented film. Helen surfs and first hit the water with her role in Soul Surfer, a film done in 2011.
Helen is in the water again with her latest move, Ride which opens in early May, 2015. Check out the movie trailer.
Helen is stoked on surfing and sees the connection between surfing, health and the healing of ocean contact.
"Besides making my whole body stronger, surfing heals my mind. What more can you ask for a sport? Just try to get out of the ocean and feel the same way you felt when you got it. Aloha!"
Helen is supportive of surfing and the SMA. We appreciate her support.
When: JUNE 28 to JULY 4TH 2015
The siren of Cloudbreak and the ebullient Fijian spirit called us home once again. This year marked the 29th Surfer’s Medical Association trip to Tavarau, with 32 adults and 28 children making the trip from the United States, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico. We had a good swell at the beginning and then another at the end of the week, with Scott Winer immortalizing our drops, barrels, and biffs. The talks were notably excellent this year, 11 in total, with topics ranging from surfing trauma case series, medical art history, to how to deliver a baby on a surf trip. Many thanks to all who presented.
Get more info on the 2014 conference in the Blog page
Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua.
When: Thursday May 28 - Thursday June 4th, 2015
Our 2015 Nicaragua conference will be held Thursday May 28 - Thursday June 4th, 2015 in Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua. (TENATIVE DATES) We have chosen the dates above due to the morning low tides that week that migrate forward through the day, and are favorable for some key local breaks. This is also a time of the year known for all-day offshore winds... more on the conference page
Work at G-land
We are from G-Land Joyo's Camp would like to cooperate with your Association we have special offer for Surfing Doctors who want to have Surftrip of a Lifetime this year, our opening season April - October 2013 Doctors who will have benefits fo 50% charge from normal rates. - Please check our video
Support the Surfers Medical Association
Please take a look at our store as well have several new SMA products, several types of shirts, books, flash drives and soon, SMA towels. We appreciate your continued support of the Surfers Medical Association.
Conference Speaker Bill Jones dropping in!
Go to "The European Association of Surfing Doctors" (EASD)
Anyone with any involvement in health-care or surfing is welcome to join the Association and participate in its conferences, village projects and other activities. - JOIN SMA / RENEW MEMBERSHIP or Help Us with a donation.