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November 2015

In Memories

Detail about Druku, the legend, the chief, the man and his life will appear in the next issue of the Journal of Surfing Medicine, sometime in the spring of 2016... Read all SMA members' memories with Druku here in the blog.
May Druku rest in peace and be forever in our hearts.

All Year

Conferences Reports

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...

Year 2016

New Conferences

GALAPAGOS 2016 - March 18 to March 27, 2016
TAVARUA 2016 - June 25 - July 2, 2016
NICARAGUA 2016 - August 13- August 20, 2016
PACIFIC RIM 2016 - September 29/30, October 01/02


SMA Journal

First published in 1988 by the founding members of the Surfer’s Medical Association, Surfing Medicine originally served as the primary forum of communication for the SMA. The journal was the first, and remains the only publication dedicated solely to surfer’s health.
Pre-internet era, not only did Surfing Medicine contain scientific articles, but it was how members learned about upcoming conferences, read reports about past conferences, signed up for membership, purchased T-shirts, etc. Between 1988 and 2007 it was mailed twice yearly to all SMA members with a distribution of ~700. Over the years, twenty-four paper editions were published, which can be viewed by SMA members in the archives. Due to the increasing costs of printing and distribution, the journal began transitioning to an on-line format from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 Surfing Medicine became an open access web-based journal and upgraded its software and design.