21. Different Risk Levels in France
Bask Coast Tahiti
(7 fatalities since 2011, 5 surfers
killed by sharks)
Analysis of patients admitted for surfing injuries at the
Basque Coast’s Emergency Departments during the
summer of 2006. 350 admissions from the 21st of June
to the 30th of September 2006.
(G. Barucq, T. Mokni, S. Marcé, J-M. Campagne, D. Le Jeune, Centre Hospitalier de la Côte Basque)
Comparison with a new prospective study in 2014 in
the same area. 287 cases during the months of July and
(Hervé Dubois, T. Mokni , Urgences-SAMU-SMUR, Centre Hospitalier de la Côte Basque.)
29. 56% of lacerations caused by surfboard’s fins.
Exemples: Joel Parkinson or Pauline Ado’s accidents.
30. Leash 13 cases of finger trauma in summer
2006 (3,7% of accidents).
8 fractures of the 3rd phalange of a
finger (4 open fractures and 1
amputation, 6 surgeries).
In summer 2014 : 4,1 % of accidents.
Severe leash accidents (50%).
Less fractures (33% in 2014).
▶ Efficiency of the messages of
prevention / surf school advices.
Don’t grab your leash !
Risk of entanglement
around the upper limb.
Danger with a big board
and a thin leash.
32. Profile of the Injured Surfers
22% are girls.
50% of injured
surfer girls had
less than 20 yo
and 25% less
than 16 yo.
Average age = 26.
2/3 of patients had
less than 30.
Young kids among
34. Level of Experience
Beginner : 35%. Half injured during a
Intermediate : 34%
Experienced : 31%
37. 7 out of 10 lacerations
concern the head of the
Facial cuts can leave scars.
Scalp Lacerations can be
38. Lacerations - Causes
The surfboard cause 93% of the lacerations.
56% from sharp fins and 30% from pointed nose.
39. Most serious Injuries
3 Ocular trauma
In case of ocular
trauma, a consultation
mandatory (risk of
fiberglass inside the
40. Spinal Trauma
diving at the end
of a wave in
shallow water or
41. Summer 2014 (small waves)
More accidents : 4,6 accidents/day (↑ 34% ).
Less serious accidents (26 -> 18%). N0 drowning. Hospitalisation → 5%.
Age of the victims : → 26,6 years old but ↑ ≥40 yo and ≤20 yo.
More women involved in surfing accidents : ↑ 46% : from 22% to 33%.
More beginners injured : ↑ de 45%.
Less lacerations (61% -> 48%) and less fractures (11% -> 5%) but more
contusions (15% ->30%) and dislocations (3 -> 6%). Sprains stable at 10%.
Explanation : more soft boards used in surf schools or in rental shops.
Prevention has a direct impact on the types of surfing injuries.
► Licences F.F.S. : ↑ de 72% : x2 Femme et ≤12 ans