Wipeout Dementia Program Overview

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Pictured L-R: Michael Gulley, Ambassador and Spokesman for The Dementia Momentum Richard Grellman AM, Ambassador 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Ben Grellman, Richard Stubley and Chris Clarke

Wipeout Dementia is a 4 week strength for surfing course, hosted by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW to raise funds for dementia research, with a post-training fun tag-team format 'Surf Off' upon completion.  All funds raised will go to The Dementia Momentum, a CHeBA initiative which seeks to bring researchers and the community together to change the future of dementia incidence. 

The Wipeout Dementia course focuses on the key elements that will power up your paddling and guide you toward exceptional balance and body control, while at the same time building strength in the dominant movement patterns and ensuring avoidance of injuries that often develop from over-use. 

Spokesman for The Dementia Momentum and Wipeout Dementia participant Richard Grellman AM invites you to get on board.

"My wife Suellen has advanced early onset Alzheimer's disease, having been formally diagnosed in 2011 aged just 61.  Our children, her family, our close friends and I have had to learn to walk this journey with Suellen, all sharing the desolate sense of helplessness, frustration and sadness that comes with knowing there is currently no known cure.  Any advances in understanding the causes, preventative measures, treatment and care can start the process of confronting this terrible disease and hopefully reduce the number of families that have to endure what Suellen and we are experiencing.  All funds raised by Wipeout Dementia will go to The Dementia Momentum at CHeBA to materially increase the pace of clear, clever and relevant work confronting this disease."


Next 4 Week Strength for Surfing Course will run May 2017 in Queenscliff.  For more information contact Heidi Douglass.


Where: Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club

Each week is progressive with a physiological education component followed by practical exercises and concluding with a flexibility session.  By the end of the programme you will have a perfectly tailored programme to work on and an understanding of the key elements to propel you towards excellence in your surfing capability.

Will your surfing really improve?

Yes!  We know that your time is limited.  And that conditions aren't always perfect.  We know you'd like to take full advantage of every precious opportunity to surf and this course will make sure that happens for you.  We know that not only is surfing one of the most physically demanding of any sport, it also requires intense amounts of mental focus to negotiate each wave and avoid wipeout.  Through critical adaptations to your body and a series of specific and progressive functional exercises this course will get you going harder and longer every time you put your feet in the wax. 

Who is your Coach?

Craig Douglass, owner of Breathe Fire Specialised Training and your Wipeout Dementia coach is a highly specialised functional personal trainer and PDHPE teacher at a Sydney independent school.  His predominant passion lies in improving the performance and athletic ability of a person specifically pertaining to their sport and leisure pursuits.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Exercise Management, a Bachelor of Human Movement and a Bachelor of Secondary Education in PDHPE and is an avid surfer.

It's not about a six pack....but hey, it's a bonus.

It's true; there are many factors that are necessary in becoming better at your surfing.  You need lots of strength through your upper and lower body, mental and physical agility, cardiovascular fitness, and a hell of a lot of desire and little fear.  The key factor is CORE CONTROL.  This is particuarly crucial the older we get.  None of the aforementioned skills matter if you have zero core control or if your core control has diminished significantly over the years.  This course will get your abs working the way that they need to be to give you greater access to high performance surfing.  Stronger core muscles, better balance, greater control.....better surfer!

Why support the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)?

CHeBA hopes to meet a major need in the health research environment in Australia.  Our population is ageing, and with it comes the challenges of increasing dependence, reduced workforce participation and increasing burden of disease.  The greatest burden on this population, and thereby on society, is imposed by brain diseases, in particular dementia.  Not only is dementia a huge economic burden, its human costs on the individual and the family are incalcuable.  Recent findings from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) state that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2015 is estimated at over 46.8 million, and projected to reach 131.5 million by 2050.  In Australia, there are currently over 410,000 people with dementia, and the number is increasing rapidly.  The challenge is indeed great.  If we are to improve the health of older Australians and postpone or prevent dementia, CHeBA's research is critical.  The research being conducted at the Centre spans the spectrum from molecules and genomic science right through to enhancing cognition and developing health policy.  The emphasis is not only on new discovery, but on translating new findings into real health outcomes for the community.  As laboratory scientists rub shoulders with clinicians, health care workers and policy makers, we hope that the excitement of bench research will be felt at the bedside and in the boardroom.

Have questions?  Contact Heidi Douglass to find out more.

If you are interested in sponsoring Wipeout Dementia, please contact Heidi Douglass.

To read more about the first Wipeout Dementia event, click here.

Communications Contact

Heidi Mitchell

Marketing & Communications Officer


Mr Richard Grellman AM
Chairman, IPH Ltd & AMP Foundation

Richard's wife Suellen has advanced young onset Alzheimer's disease

CHeBA Directors

Professor Perminder Sachdev

    Professor Perminder
    Sachdev AM

    Scientia Professor

Professor Henry Brodaty

    Professor Henry Brodaty

    Scientia Professor


Major Sponsors

May & Nov 2016 - 17, May 2018

November 2015

May 2015

Secondary Sponsors

May 2018

May 2017

November 2016 & November 2017

November 2015

Supporter Sponsors

May 2016


November 2015

In-Kind Supporters

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