The Surfer’s Medical Association is an international non-profit organization made up of healthcare professionals who are also avid surfers. Our mission is to promote research, education, and training on the trauma and disease factors that affect surfers and to help all surfers stay healthy. We are also committed to community service, particularly in underdeveloped regions where surfing has a significant impact, and work to test and implement models of healthcare delivery.
The concept of surfing medicine was first coined in the mid-1980s by a group of doctors who were also passionate surfers. These pioneering individuals not only explored and surfed some of the most beautiful and challenging breaks in the South Pacific but also provided healthcare services to the local communities. Over the years, this idea grew and eventually led to the creation of the Surfer’s Medical Association. Our founding members, including some mentioned in the New York Times best seller Barbarian Days, have worked to give back to communities around the world, from Fiji and Mexico to Indonesia and the Caribbean.
Join us in our commitment to promoting surfer health and wellbeing by becoming a member of the SMA today.