About Surf Physio

Surf Physio Physiotherapy for Surfers Surfing Injuries Knee Pain Back Pain Neck Pain Shoulder Pain

The Mission of Surf Physio


"The purpose of Surf Physio is to provide high quality education for surfers to keep themselves healthy in and out of the water"


On this site you will find expert advice on injuries, pain, rehabilitation, exercise and more.

I would love to help you feel better, move better, and get you back to doing what you love most in life.

Furthermore, I'll show you how you can help yourself to improve your mobility, strength, balance, power to assist you to surf at your best.

The Vision of Surf Physio

In the future, I would love for collaboration with other surfers to connect and share their stories. I wish that we can inspire others who are recovering from an injury or illness to get back in the water.

I hope that you in turn pass on what you've learned with family, friends and other surfers.

Surf Physio Physiotherapy for Surfers Surf Injuries and Rehab

My name is Phil Watson.

I'm a Physiotherapist and surfer from New Zealand.

I created the Surf Physio website to share my knowledge with the surfing community on how to keep a healthy body, mind and soul.

My journey began in 2006 with the cold water surf and icy winters in Dunedin, New Zealand. That's where I discovered my passion for surfing and the joy found in assisting people to recover from injury or health conditions. Where I  graduated from the University of Otago in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

After graduating I began my search of a warmer climate. Dreaming of beautiful beaches, amazing waves and a place to balance work and lifestyle. I discovered that and more in Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

 Clinical Experience


Gisborne Hospital Physiotherapist (2011-2014)


Medical & Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Surgical Ward

Rehabilitation Ward

Outpatient Physiotherapy

Community Based Physiotherapy


Active Physiotherapy Clinic Physiotherapist (2014-16)

Assessment and Treatment of Injuries

Education on Injuries, Pain and Rehab

Exercise Prescription

Return to Work Programs

Focus on Mobility, Strength, Power and Balance for Athletes


Inform Physiotherapy & Pilates (2016-current)

Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Hip, Knee and Ankle Pain

Becoming a certified McKenzie Therapist

Pain Education

Gym Based Exercise prescription

Functional Rehab  

Surf Physio

My Own Experience

Through my own personal and clinical experience I am motivated to assist people of all ages.  

I aim to help people understand more about their injury or pain and how they can effectively manage it.

While travelling to Fiji in 2013 I sustained an injury to my ribs and middle back after going over the falls and hitting the reef.

Afterwards as I traveled through Central America over the next 5 months my only option was to treat myself to regain pain free movement.

Later, as I improved I was then able to lie on the board and paddle more comfortably.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fun tropical waves!