I don't know, I used to surf and always thought I was putting in a lot of effort but maybe I was not that good at it It's a fair point though and one I have considered and will keep in mind. The other issue is that you have to surf for about 5 years to get Surfer’s ear and a lot of people haven't done triathlon or swimming for that long (so they survey says so far). There could be nothing in it (in which case all well and good) but that's what the survey is to have a quick look at.
Surfer’s ear is a condition when the ear canal becomes either partially or totally blocked by prominences of bony tissue grown from under the skin lining of the canal. It is thought to occur as a response to long exposure to cold conditions and cold water. As surfer’s are often continually exposed to high winds and cold water, they are often the group of people to suffer from this condition (hence the name), though it is not limited to this group.
Hi Nick, Thanks for the feedback but don't worry. I am well versed in academic publications, I am a University lecturer and scientist by trade and I have 22 published papers. I review articles and grant applications regularly. I am only going to even try for a small letter type article if the date are good enough. They may well not be but only one way to find out and like you say peer review is a killer.