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

Wipeout Dementia returned to Bondi Beach on Friday 24 March 2023, with seven teams of surfers from the property industry raising over $225,000 to support research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Read more about the 2023 event here.

The Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has now held twelve events, raising over $2.2 million towards critical research.

Wipeout Dementia kicked off in May 2015 with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott participating. A second event was held in November 2015, with then NSW Premier Mike Baird participating in the campaign.

The inaugural property industry Wipeout Dementia ran at Bondi Beach in November 2016. In May 2019, the first ever inter-generational Wipeout Dementia was held with 16 father/son, father/daughter and uncle/nephew duos aged from 10 to 70 years teaming up to surf at Queenscliff Beach, spreading the message of physical activity throughout the lifespan to reduce risk of dementia.

Wipeout Dementia is a key event for CHeBA and our community, and we look forward to another fantastic day at Bondi Beach in 2024.

Ambassador is 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 CHeBA initiative which seeks to bring researchers and the community together to change the future of dementia incidence.

Dr Richard Grellman was instrumental in the development and success of Wipeout Dementia, which was created in honour of his wife Suellen who passed away in 2022.  Dr Grellman was Wipeout Dementia’s Ambassador from 2015 until 2022.

Ambassador Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew has surfed in nearly all Wipeout Dementia events  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 20 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," 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.

CHeBA's Co-Directors, 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.

Download the Wipeout Dementia® Handbook (PDF) for all the background and information to this event.

Get on Board Wipeout Dementia®

Get on Board with Wipeout Dementia®

Download the Wipeout Dementia® Handbook (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
Team Lead – Innovations & Communications

T 0435 579 202

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The Dementia Momentum®

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


Major Sponsor
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Morgans
Team Sponsors

Buildcorp logoWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Winten Property GroupShape logoSense logoAWM logo

Event Partners

Kennards logoHurley logo

Previous Sponsors

Major Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Kennards Hire Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Flight Centre Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Watson Mangioni
Secondary Sponsors
Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Ski Japan Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Cunninghams Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Ray White Commercial Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Realestate.com.au Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Sandler Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Sparke Helmore Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Watson Mangioni Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Progood

Major 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 List Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - Charter HallWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Bates Smart

Event Bag & Prize In-Kind Sponsors

Wipeout Dementia® sponsor - DHDWipeout Dementia® sponsor - SamsoniteWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Three Blue DucksWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Destination TowelsWipeout Dementia® sponsor - GarfishWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Tidebreak ArtWipeout Dementia® sponsor - Protein Puffs

Wipeout Dementia® Competitors

Tony Abbott
Scott Anderson
Steve Anderson 
Beau Arscott 
Jeff Atkinson
Marielle Auvrignon 
Mike Baird
Keo Bartholomew
Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew
Jack Basil-Jones
Alex Beasley
Darren Beasley
Colin Beckton
Michael Beggs
Ian Bennett
Jason Boon
Stuart Brown
Nick Butler 
Phil Butt
Mick Café
Shane Campbell
David Camphin
Tony Camphin
Ben Caunt
Lachlan Chittenden
Peter Chittenden
Jon Chomley
Chris Clarke
Peter Clemesha
Ali Clemesha
Max Clinton
Andrew Cowan
Ben Cradock 
Warwick Crane
John Cunningham
Scott Dalton 
Harry Dehne 
Aaron De La Harpe 
Pip de Rohan
David Desson 
Joel Ducey
Anton du Chateau 
Mike du Chateau
Myles du Chateau 
Matthew Faddy
Andreas Faeste
Wylie Faeste
Lucy Ford
David Foster
Sam Franklin 
Benjamin Freeman
Ian Freestone
Nic George
Eliza Gerahty
Richard Gerahty
Robert Gillespie
David Goldman
Michael Gordon 
Ben Grellman
Richard Grellman
Ben Gross
Mark Gross
Michael Gulley
Alby Haywood
James Haywood
Michael Hendrie
Cameron Hicks
Morgan Hill
Shawn Hobbs
Stella Holt
Tony Holt
Fiona Hunt 
Jackson Hunter 
Jim Hunter
Rodney Jamieson
Chris Jessop
Rob Johns
Alex Kelly 
David Kemp 
Andy Kennard
Alexandra Kent
Danny Kent
Vince Kernahan
Warren King
Graham Kittle
Peter Kleijn
Erik Knudsen 
Badier Kubis
Guy Lake
Scott Leney
Marike Le Corre 
Stephen Lennard
John L'Estrange
Eloise Liddy
Simon Liddy
Anthony Lombardo
Iain Macfarlane 
Philip Macken
Darren Mansfield
Peter Marix-Evans
James Martin
Chris McDowell 
Adrian McGregor
Hamish McLennan
Chris Meehan
Maha Metwally
David Michel
Brad Miles
Josh Millard 
Doug Miller-Davie
David Moffatt 
Stuart Montfort 
John Morgan
Nikki Morley
Ben Moss
Andrew Moss 
Nikki Mote 
Jeff Moxham
George Murphy
Peter Murphy
Stephen Neille
Geoff Nesbitt
Lachlan Nesbitt
Stewart Nettleton 
Stephen Newey
Brett Newman
Patrick Nicholas
Dylan Norman
Mark Occhilupo
Joe O'Dwyer
Paul Oesterheld
Tom O’Neill
Blake O’Sullivan 
Lachie Paramor
Brett Parker 
Will Pascoe 
Stefan Perkowski 
Iain Pretty
Simon Ranson
James Regan
Karl Riedel

Anthony Roberts
Nicholas Roche
Clive Rodell
Craig Rodgers
Alex Rosenthal 
Will Rothwell 
Adam Russell
Jeremy John Saxton
David Scardoni
Blake Schulze
Anthony Scotts
Colin Scotts
Jake Scotts  
Richard Scotts
Mike Sergent
George Sharpe
Craig Shelsher
Brendan Shipp 
Heath Sims
Simon Smart
David Smith
James Smith
Richard Stubley
Martin Taylor
Shaun Timbrell 
Chris Tootell
Gonzalo Ventura 
Philip Vivian
Stuart Voigt 
Philip Waddington
Hugh Waddington
Austin Ware
Steve Watson
Mark Westfield
Stephen Westfield
Dan White
James Whitehead
Phillip Wicks
Sam Wicks
Andrew Wilson
Ian Wright
Sam Wright
Duncan Young
David Young