Dealing with injuries or health issues that keep us out of the water can be tough. As surfers, we're geared towards spending as much time in the ocean as possible, but that can often come with a price. The issue of surfers ear has been growing in recent years, landing surfers under the knife rather than in the water. SurfEars JUNIORS is the next evolution of ear plugs for young surfers and swimmers - developed for children and designed to keep their ears safe while being able to hear, speak and enjoy their time in the water. These ear plugs maximize sound and subsequent balance essential for most water and board sports.
Posted on Dec 20, 2017
While JUNIOR will fit most children between 4 to 12, everybody grows & develops at different rates.
Gauging the entry to your child’s ear canal is straight forward & will give you a good idea as to what plug will best fit your child.
If the entrance to your child’s ear canal is larger than 8mm in diameter, then buy SurfEars & custom fit these to fit your child. There are three sizes in each SurfEars pack.
Below we have Chris & his friend Kayden. Both Chris & Kayden are 11 years old. Chris is wearing JUNIOR which fit him well. Kayden’s ears are already too big for JUNIOR, but SwimEars fitted with the small buds fits just right.
We would like to introduce you to our very first JUNIOR ambassador, Fletcher Melville. Living in Aramoana, it was more a question of when, not if Fletcher was going to take up surfing. While Aramoana can get good waves, it's only offshore when the freezing cold southerly winds blow through (great for barrels, not so great for your ears). Fletcher has a whole life time of surfing ahead of him so protecting his ears now will ensure he can enjoy the ocean pain free when he's much, much older.
Here's what Fletcher has to say about himself & his surfing:
"My name is Fletcher Melville, I'm 8 years old. I live in Aramoana Dunedin and go to Port Chalmers School. I started surfing when I was 5 years old, with the help of my Dad. Some of my favourite Surf spots are The Spit, Murderers and my best session ever was at Serlong Belenak on Lombok island. I have two boards I like to ride, a Quarry Beach 5.0 and my other board is an Option plus 5.7 I like to surf most days after school and if there are no waves I like to go diving."
We are super stoked to have this supergrom using JUNIOR & even more exited to see how his surfing will develop as he grows up.
JUNIOR has now arrived & available to purchase now. This is great timing, just as the weather/water is starting to warm up leading into summer & kids are chomping at the bit to play outside again.
JUNIOR is suitable for most children ages 4-12
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After a long wait, JUNIOR will be arriving next week! While it may have taken longer than expected, it’s nice to see that the R & D team have taken all the time & care in the world to create a kid’s earplug that’s second to none. Utilizing the experience & knowledge that they have gained designing SurfEars & SwimEars has enabled the creation of an incredibly user friendly, functional & robust product that also looks smart.
JUNIOR lets in more sound than any other kid’s earplug currently on the market, allowing kid’s to socialize with each other or listen to instructions when in the water.
While the ergonomic & comfortable fit ensures no water can enter the ear canal, preventing painful & uncomfortable ear health issues such as swimmers ear (otitis externa) and surfer’s ear (exostosis), abnormal bone growth in the ear canal associated with extended exposure to most water based activities.
The light weight leash safely secures the plugs to the user, significantly reducing the chances of plugs being lost in the water.
Unlike Both SurfEars & SwimEars, JUNIOR does not have adjustable buds or wings. Just one solid piece per ear has been found to work much better with kids. This means no lost, broken or easily swallowed parts.
JUNIOR is suitable for most children ages 4-12
I have been surfing for 12 years and battling with ear infections for roughly the last 5 years. The ear infections would come and go on a regular basis and keep me out of the water for periods of time and wide awake at night.
I started surfing when I was 12 years old and acoustic earplugs were just a dream having tried most plugs that were available at the time. The only option was Blu-Tack which blocked out water and sound. Blu-Tack was not a good option as you would isolate yourself from any conversation in the water & it made it impossible to have any timing or balance when surfing, which took the fun out of it.
In 2013 I started going to the ENT department at the hospital to get my ears assessed and find out what my options were, stronger drugs or surgery... Finally 3 years later and a lot of ear infections and time out of the water I had my exostosis (surfers ear) surgically removed in September 2016. After 2 month recovery I’m finally back in the water. Unfortunately I have to go through this whole process again to get my other ear cleared out.
Benjamin Zyons, freediver, spearfisher and big wave surfer from Maui, suffered from exostoses. When he started wearing SurfEars it was a big relief, and they worked just as well for diving as for surfing.Read More