I am a University student and I am currently doing a study that aims to to map the problem different people who perform various water-activities have with their ears. Surfers are one of the segments in this study, so I would be very happy if you guys took 1-2 minutes of your time to help me out!
Just took your survey....very interesting. I'm not one to wear ear plugs in anyway, shape, or form and have surfed some nasty waters on the east coast and central america. Never had the urge to use them either and don't get infections...in the ear anyway. I have had many bacteria infections especially after heavy rains. No fun at all. Pisses me off that pollution can cause our water to be that dirty. Pray for surf!!!!
Took your survey man, good luck with your project.
The only time I have ever worn ear plugs was all the years I swam competitively, although I hardly ever wore them even then. Never really had a problem with ear infections because I always use an evaporant (rubbing alcohol/peroxide mix) after getting out of the water.