Wayne Bartholomew

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Wayne Bartholomew
Personal information
BornWayne Bartholomew
(1954-11-30) 30 November 1954 (age 64)
Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Surfing career
Best year1978
Major achievements1978 World Surfing Champion

Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew AM (born; 30 November, 1954) is an Australian surfer who won the World Surfing Championship in 1978, 1999 (ASP world masters) and 2003 (ASP world grand master).[1] Bartholomew was also the former President of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) from 1999-2009 and Chief Executive Officer, 1999-2003.

He was given the nickname 'Rabbit' when he was young because of his speed as a soccer player,[1][2] and because he was missing all but his two front teeth.[3]

The award-winning documentary Bustin' Down the Door[4] depicts Rabbit's early days in Coolangatta, Queensland and his roller coaster ride to the top, overcoming massive obstacles along the way in his bid to bring credibility to the sport[5] and draws upon his earlier biography, Bustin' Down the Door first published in 1996 and reprinted 2002[6]

In 2009 Bartholomew was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, 2009
  • Inducted into Australian Walk of Fame, 2006
  • Inducted into USA Hall of Fame, 2001
  • Inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Inducted into Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, 1987[8]
  • Ambassador, International Year of the Ocean, United Nations, 1998.
  • 3 time Gold Coast Sportsman of the Year -
  • ASP "services to the Sport Award"
  • Movie of the Year, USA Surfer Poll Awards, 2008; for Bustin' Down the Door.
  • Documentary of the Year, USA Surfer Poll Awards, 2008; for Bustin’ Down the Door.


  1. ^ a b Wayne Bartholomew profile at Surfline.com
  2. ^ Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew biography at WorldChampionshipSurfing.com
  3. ^ surfing history at Back to Burleigh
  4. ^ Bustin' Down the Door at IMDB
  5. ^ Speaker Profile of Wayne Bartholomew AM at The Celebrity Speakers Bureau
  6. ^ Wayne Bartholomew; Tim Baker (2002). Bustin' Down the Door (2nd ed.). Australia: HarperSports. ISBN 0732274796.
  7. ^ "Mr Wayne Bartholomew AM". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. qsport.org.au. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew AM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 5 September 2013.

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Preceded by
Shaun Tomson
International Professional Surfers World Champion (men's)
Succeeded by
Mark Richards