Kite-surfers’ sun risk in the tropics

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Abstract

A preliminary inquiry, conducted on Martinique Island, sought to determine kite-surfers’ sun-protection knowledge and behaviours. Results revealed good levels of knowledge and behaviours, but very frequent sunburns (74% had at least one sunburn during the last 6 months), with particularly severe sunburns exclusively among vacationers. These results argue for the double need to focus sunburn-prevention programs on vacationers and technically adapt sun-protection means to a tropical maritime environment.

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