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June 27, 1977

Surfing Injuries at Waikiki

Author Affiliations

The Tucson Clinic Tucson, Ariz

JAMA. 1977;237(26):2813. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270530021008

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To the Editor.—  It would appear to me that not all has been reported in the otherwise excellent article on surfing injuries at Waikiki that recently appeared (237:668, 1977). As a one-time employee at one of these Waikiki Beach emergency rooms, it was my experience that if the surf was up, so was the emergency room census from surf-related accidents. I remember preparing suture tray after suture tray for the many victims of the moray eel bite, assisting with the treatment of new coral cuts or old coral cuts that had become infected, not to mention standing over a treatment table and hearing the sound of a steel scalpel blade hitting against a piece of calcium that was none other than one or many embedded sea urchin spines that were being taken out.Jellyfish stings often occurred during surfing and affected each surfer in a different way; this is just