New Study Shows Surfers at Higher Risk of GI Sickness

Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Gastrointestinal Illnesses=YuckyA first of its kind study conducted by Oregon State University suggests that surfers may unintentionally ingest 10 times more water than swimmers or divers, putting them at much high risk of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses when surfing in contaminated waters.

No word on if kayakers are at any higher risk and I would guess that it is probably low for stomach bugs but still fairly high for ear and sinus infections during rolling practice.

I know that the water here on Lake Ontario and specifically in the Toronto Harbour where I paddle can get a little grungy. One time I was up paddling north in Georgian Bay when I saw these things under the water. I didn't know what they were and asked a friend. He said they were rocks. Who knew that is what they looked like!

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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