“The purpose of Surf Physio is to provide high quality education for surfers.
So You can keep Yourself healthy in and out of the water”.
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.
Hello, Kia Ora.
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. It’s where I discovered my passion for surfing and the joy found in helping people to recover from an injury or manage better their health conditions. 2010 I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
After finishing my studies I began my search of a place to work which had beautiful beaches and amazing waves. I discovered that and more in Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The local community of Surfers who always had good vibes and caught up with their mates in the water.
I worked in the Gisborne Hospital and private practice for 5 years. Here I helped give back to the community by providing Physiotherapy services for all ages. I would hear stories of surfers who had surgeries or major traumas and helped them to recover their strength and mobility to get back in the ocean.
Later In 2016 we moved to Upper Hutt, Wellington to be closer to family and raise our own family. From here we go for weekend surf trips to the Wairarapa or the town beaches to get some salt water therapy.
Learn More About Surf Injuries And Exercise
Inform Physiotherapy & Pilates (2016-current)
Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain and Ankle Pain
Becoming a certified McKenzie Therapist
Gym Based Exercise Prescription
Active Physiotherapy Clinic Physiotherapist (2014-16)
Assessment and Treatment of Injuries
Education on Injuries, Pain and Rehab
Return to Work Programs
Focus on Mobility, Strength, Power and Balance for Athletes
Gisborne Hospital Physiotherapist (2011-2014)
Medical & Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Community Based Physiotherapy