Big wave surfing: doctors are studying new dangers

The third Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine will be held at Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, between 9th-13th September, 2014.

The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) will be taking surfing medicine to extremes. The unprecedented North Atlantic swells of our recent winter boosted big wave surfing in the Old Continent.

Waves of immense ferocity and magnitude were cast upon the shores of Western Europe. The danger factor increased incommensurably.

What are those dangers? What are their needs? How does one face the elements, the ocean, and themselves? That's exactly what surfing doctors will try to answer.

"Never before has the need to address major trauma, drowning incidents, hypothermia, advanced water rescue, training methodologies, and technology, been so prescient," explains Dion van de Schoot, the conference manager.

Forerunners in big wave surfing and the medical world will try to share new methods and techniques for improving the safety levels in extreme ocean conditions.

Conference speakers include Irish big wave surfer and paramedic Peter Conroy, the Hawaiian Pipeline Masters doctor and co-author of "Surf Survival" Dr. Clayton Everline, and many more global leaders in their respective fields.