ILLNESSES

how to avoid and manage illnesses caught in & out of the water

DROWNING – what to do

July 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

How many of us would know where to begin if we were suddenly confronted with a drowned surfer? Surely we all should? The aim of this article is to give you a sound starting point from which to [read]

CHILL OUT

November 10, 2012 // 1 Comment

HYPOTHERMIA from surfing in cold water should not be dismissed as something that kills the weak and niave. Hypothermia has the potential to catch us all off guard at some point, no matter how [read]

FEVER PITCH

June 8, 2012 // 3 Comments

TROPICAL FEVER Imagine if sharks killed one million people every year. You would seriously think twice about paddling out at any location where there were reports of regular fatalities, and if [read]

MENTAL DENTAL

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

TOOTHACHE, gum disease and teeth damage are a pain on a surf trip. Literally. Dental problems such as toothache are very unlikely to kill you, although the pain can be so severe, it may seem [read]

FEELING THE BURN

March 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

SUN BURN It hurts, looks rubbish and is a burning reminder of the real risk of skin cancer all of us face from the sun. Skin cancer kills more surfers than drowning. Maybe we should be worrying [read]

THE RUNS

March 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

TRAVELLERS DIARRHOEA Avoiding dirty local water by not having ice or salad while travelling. Taking daily ‘friendly bacteria’ tablets to try and out compete the nasty ones to prevent Bali [read]

WITNESS THE SICKNESS

March 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

SEA SICKNESS Chunda. Blow chunks. Spew. Sea soup. Chuck-up. Vomit. Barf. Wretch. Hurl. Technicolour yawn. Puke. Losing lunch. Tossing cookies. Yacking. Ralfing. Heave. Doesn’t mater how you [read]

EAR INFECTION

March 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

  Surfing makes you more likely than the next person to get an ear infection. Having surfers ear or perforating your ear drum whilst surfing makes it even more likely. Whilst very rarely [read]