Team and Equipment


I am a surfer and a doctor. I went to med school in Freiburg, Germany, and graduated in 2012. I am interested in the whole human body but my special interest lies in the upper part, everything upwards from the neck. I have worked as an ENT (Ear, Nose, Thorat) resident in Germany for the last two years. One of my research interests is the sector of mobile health also known as smartphone medicine which can be very useful on a surf trip to remote areas.


My wife is my most reliable patient. She is not so reliable as a medical assistant in the wilderness. Being the journalist she is hiding behind the lens of her camera sometimes helps her not to pass out at the sight of blood. Her editing skills are also the reason this blog is not a complete mess.


The Surf Doc Model

DSC02718Yes, I am talking about my surfboard now. I love balsa wood surfboards. And I have friends who shape them at home in the Black Forest. Their label is called YELLOWFOOT. Riding on wood is the way to go if you ask me. Does this affect the surfer’s health? Not really. If you get hit by your board it might knock you out no matter what it is made of. But wouldn’t you rather tell your friends you got knocked out by a beautiful plank of pure wood rather than a piece of foam? You decide.

My board has some features to protect the surfer’s health as you can see in this video:

<p><a href=”″>The Surfdoc Model by yellowfoot</a> from <a href=”″>SurfSmurfs</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

In 2015 I nearly lost my left ear in a surfing accident due to a splintered pointy surfboard nose. Ironic that an ENT resident nearly lost his ear and got his throat cut open by a surfboard nose. You can check out the poster here which I presented at the last surfing doctors conference in Biarritz, France.

Markus Emerich