We met Markus Emerich on the Surfing Medicine International Conference in Biarritz two years ago. As an ENT Doctor, he was impressively exhibiting two scientific posters and was eagerly visiting all of the lectures. His just-married wife Charlotte was accompanying him and they were traveling with their most beautiful balsa-wood longboard, a wedding gift. As there weren’t as many waves as we would have wished for, we didn’t share a large amount of time in the water. But during several talks and drinks it became obvious what a cool person he is: literally sharing a great passion for surfing and medicine, traveling and having a good time with good people. Needless to say Charlotte was at least equally charming.
As a landlocked, hard working doctor, those passions could not roam freely, so the young couple had a plan. The plan was: Traveling around the world to get as much surf as possible, being a Surfdoc and meeting great people along the way.