In case of heavy rain
Urban Run-Off (fuel, oil…)
Leaching of soils
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH
SEAWATER POLLUTION ?
Few research available about infectious
diseases among surfers.
1 Retrospective study (Surfrider Europe)
Existing publications about bathing or
swimming-related diseases that can hardly
apply to surfing.
Surf Infection Study (G.Barucq 2012-2013)
Goal : follow the evolution of the number of infections
related to water quality and the type of nautical activity
Interesting if several surfers contract the same symptoms
after surfing in the same surf spot, the same day.
Method : online survey launched in June 2012.
Quick and easy-to-fill questionnaire.
166 exploitable answers between June 2012
and October 2013.
35% of the declarations registered during the
highly polluted month of June 2012.
95% of the declarations from the south-west of
France (Bask Coast, Landes +++). And also
declarations from Reunion Island, NYC,
Prevention tips to avoid infection
Avoid ingesting too much water per session
Rinse yourself (skin, nasal cavities, ear canal +++)
Dry yourself (skin, ears, remove
wetsuit/boardshort/bikini after surfing)
Clean your nose with… seawater (spray)
Do not surf with an open wound
Beware with contact lenses (daily contact lens only)
Don’t surf if too sick or weakened by illness or treatment
« The Microbe is Nothing.
TheTerrain is Everything.»
• Trust your senses (Watch, Smell and Taste the water)
• Search for the information (recent analysis, beach
• Ask for more (local authorities, politician, became a water quality
• Avoid surfing when water is polluted
• Surf More when water is clean !
• The Beach Bums Study
(Surfers against Sewage)
• Water Quality & Health
• New Surf Infection study.