Wipeout Dementia®

Wipeout Dementia® November 2018
Wipeout Dementia® November 2018
Wipeout Dementia® November 2018
Wipeout Dementia® Event Photo
Wipeout Dementia® Event Photo
Wipeout Dementia® Event Photo
Wipeout Dementia® Event Photo
Wipeout Dementia® Event Photo

One of the biggest global public health challenges in history is dementia.

Wipeout Dementia® is a gruelling conditioning and strength for surfing course ending in a 'Surf Off' contest between teams. This campaign kicked off with a first event in May 2015 in which the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott participated. The campaign ran again in November 2015 with NSW Premier Mike Baird has since run every May and November. The inaugural property industry Wipeout Dementia® ran at Bondi Beach in November 2016 and in November 2018 the property industry hosted the most successful Wipeout Dementia® to date with $155,000 raised for CHeBA, UNSW. Since the first Wipeout Dementia®, it has raised an extraordinary one million dollars for CHeBA. 

Ambassadors are Richard Grellman AM and 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew AM.


Wipeout Dementia® Galleries

Photo Galleries

See the photo galleries from the training days and surf offs.

Wipeout Dementia® Videos


View all the videos from previous Wipeout Dementia®.

Participate in Wipeout Dementia®

Participate in Wipeout Dementia®

Find out how you can be a surfer in Wipeout Dementia®.

This fundraising campaign supports The Dementia Momentum®, a Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) initiative which seeks to bring researchers and the community together to change the future of dementia incidence. Spokesman for The Dementia Momentum, Richard Grellman, has participated in all events. Richard's wife Suellen has advanced young onset Alzheimer's disease and has been in high level 24 hour residential care since early 2014.

Ambassador Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew has also surfed in each Wipeout Dementia® and encourages everyone to get on board this initiative either as a surfing participant or event sponsor.

This is a fantastic initiative to drive much needed funds to dementia research. With cardiovascular health in mid-life a key factor in brain health in late life it’s great to see this group taking on a challenging physical endeavour to support Richard’s role with CHeBA.
Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew AM, Ambassador

"Richard Grellman has for the last 15 years been a mentor figure in my life. As Chairman of ASP International, Richard was a great assist, in fact instrumental, in the implementation of the "Dream Tour" concept, ushering in a new era of governance that set Professional Surfing on its ascendancy. Moreover, Richard and Suellen became close personal friends, our social and professional lives interacting on many levels, and I have witnessed the challenges, heartbreak, despair and resignation that the Grellman's journey has taken them on. I feel privileged to be alongside the great man once again," said Rabbit.

The Significance of Wipeout Dementia®

The popular image of a bronzed, outdoors-loving and sports mad Aussie belies the fact that Australians are one of the most physically inactive people internationally. There is incontrovertible evidence that physical inactivity increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, diabetes and depression. All of these are risk factors for dementia. A recent analysis showed that physically inactive individuals had an 80% increased risk of dementia.

By contrast, physical exercise has positive and protective effects on brain function, not only reducing risk factors but increasing neuroplasticity.

The brain abnormalities that lead to dementia are known to start at least 20-30 years before the disease becomes manifest, suggesting that behaviours in young and mid adulthood will have a significant impact on brain health in old age.

Co-Directors of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, Professors Perminder Sachdev and Henry Brodaty, say one of the most effective strategies we can adopt to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia later in life is to become physically active from an early age, and remain active throughout our lives.

The SMART trial conducted by our collaborators showed that physical exercise reduced the rate of decline in cognitive function in those with mild memory problems.

The message for all Australians is: get active. CHeBA researchers recommend individuals to exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 30-40 minutes every day, including a degree of vigorous exercise. Participants in Wipeout Dementia® are perfect examples of the benefits that accrue from physical exercise.

Each Wipeout Dementia® event has a goal of raising $100,000 for CHeBA's research.

Get on Board Wipeout Dementia®

Get on Board with Wipeout Dementia®

Download the Wipeout Dementia® Handbook (2.24mb, PDF) for all the background and information to this event. Wipeout Dementia® is a corporate surfing fundraiser, hosted by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW to raise funds for dementia research. 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.

For more information, contact:

Heidi Douglass
Communications & Projects Officer
T (02) 9382 3398
E h.douglass@unsw.edu.au.

The Dementia Momentum®

To find out more about this initiative, visit The Dementia Momentum® website.

Major Sponsors

Current Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Morgans Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Kennards Hire
Previous Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Flight Centre Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Watson Mangioni

Secondary Sponsors

Current Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Ray White Commercial Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Aoyuan International Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Colliers International Residential
Previous Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Cunninghams Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Cunninghams Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Realestate.com.au Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Sandler Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Sparke Helmore Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Watson Mangioni Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Progood

In-Kind Sponsors

Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - KPMG Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Hurley Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Dripping Wet Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Sprout Daily Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Bucket ListWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Bates Smart Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Scentre Group Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Bounce Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - The Happy Snack Company Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Fine Fettle Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Loving Earth Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Monster Health Food Co Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Surfyogis Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Brain Snacks Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Slim Secrets Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Munch

Wipeout Dementia® Competitors

Scott Anderson
Jeff Atkinson
Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew
Darren Beasley
Michael Beggs
Ian Bennett
Phil Butt
Tony Camphin
Ben Caunt
Peter Chittenden
Jon Chomley
Chris Clarke
Peter Clemesha
Ali Clemesha
Andrew Cowan
Andrew Coward
Warwick Crane
John Cunningham
Pip de Rohan
Joel Ducey
Nick Ebrill
Brett Eichhorn
Julian Etter
Matthew Faddy
Andreas Faeste
David Foster
Ian Freestone
Nic George
Robert Gillespie
Ben Grellman
Richard Grellman
Mark Gross
Michael Gulley
James Haywood
Shawn Hobbs
Rodney Jamieson
Chris Jessop
Rob Johns
Andy Kennard
Vince Kernahan
Warren King
Graham Kittle
Peter Kleijn
Badier Kubis
Guy Lake
Stephen Lennard
John L'Estrange
Simon Liddy
Philip Macken
Darren Mansfield
Adrian McGregor
Hamish McLennan
Chris Meehan
David Michel
Doug Miller-Davie
John Morgan
Nikki Morley
Jeff Moxham
Peter Murphy
Stephen Neille
Geoff Nesbitt
Stephen Newey
Brett Newman
Patrick Nicholas
Dylan Norman
Paul Oesterheld
James Paver
Iain Pretty
Simon Ranson
James Regan
Karl Riedel
Anthony Roberts
Nicholas Roche
Clive Rodell
Craig Rodgers
Adam Russell
David Scardoni
Anthony Scotts
George Sharpe
Craig Shelsher
Heath Sims
Simon Smart
David R. Smith
James Smith
Richard Stubley
Chris Tootell
Philip Vivian
Austin Ware
Steve Watson
Mark Westfield
Stephen Westfield
Dan White
Phillip Wicks
Sam Wicks
Andrew Wilson
Duncan Young
David Young