SurfEars Blog

Doctor Douglas Hetzler – The Kelly Slater of Surfer’s Ear Surgery
October 4, 2018

A few of us from the SurfEars team took a quick trip to the United Kingdom last week to meet with the legendary Doctor Douglas Hetzler from Santa Cruz, California. We were fortunate enough to catch him during the 2018 Surfing Medicine International – World  Conference in Newquay, Cornwall. Dr. Hetzler is definitely one of […]

Surfing might have been around much longer than we thought
August 16, 2019

A recent study made by a team of scientists from the US and France,  studied the skulls from 77 of Neanderthals and found that almost half of them had Surfer’s Ear! The Neanderthals, or Homo neanderthalensis is an extinct close relative to Homo Sapiens (humans), that lived in Europe and Asia 400 000 to 40 […]

The waves of my life at Skeleton Bay
August 6, 2019

So basically I was waiting for the last 5 years to surf this wave and I check the charts every week when it’s winter in the southern hemisphere and last week a big storm with unusual direction popped up . I waited until 2 days before the swell to book the flights to be sure, the […]

Ultimate Freedom Part III: This is Africa
July 19, 2019

While typing these lines I’m leaning back in seat 33E on United Airlines flight UA114 from Tahiti/French Polynesia to San Francisco/USA and just ordered my second Gin Tonic while the sun is rising between the clouds somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. You might think: wait – in the last blog post you´ve written about crossing […]

SurfEars for Freediving
July 5, 2019

Cover Photo: Annelie Pompe As a child I used to suffer badly with ear problems, a fact that I am reminded of when any doctor looks in my ear and exclaims at the amount of scar tissue there is.  During my childhood I was regularly out of the water due to ear infections which was […]

Eclectic Eccentricity
June 5, 2019

I just got back from the MexiLogFest, one of the premier longboarding events in the world.  As is to be expected, many people keep asking how the competition went. All I can answer is I don’t think of it like a contest. I think of it like a festival. It does say it in the […]

Meet Dr. Haruka Nakanishi
May 28, 2019

Curved and Narrow Ears…  Japanese surfers have the tendency to have narrow and curved ear canals, and it is a reason why surfer’s ear surgery is more difficult for Asian surfers. Dr. Haruka Nakanishi (pictured above with Mick Fanning) adopted the chisel technique from Dr. Hetzler about six years ago and since then he has […]

Bali and the Bluff
May 11, 2019

It feels like only yesterday that the world title showdown was happening at Pipeline, with Medina going full blown next level to claim his second World Title crown and Stephanie Gilmore cruising to her seventh. I am confident that I am not the only one thinking where the hell the last 5 months went. Nonetheless, […]