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Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati, Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports.

Chris Dufficy, a professional snowboarder from North Vancouver, is only now coming to terms with his ongoing memory problems - the result of multiple concussions and a traumatic brain injury he suffered when he crashed after landing a monstrous jump for a film shoot.

Jon Gocer had dreams of following in Chris Dufficy's tracks until a wipe-out on a skateboard almost ended his life. Jon's memory is wiped out. The film chronicles his stay at GF Strong Hospital where he struggles to relearn the most basic life skills, and discover his new identity.

On Vancouver Island, Chris Tutin is defying doctors who said he would never walk again after his cerebellum was crushed in a dirt-bike accident five years ago. Like Chris Dufficy and Jon, he is sharing his story with the hope that it will encourage kids to wear helmets, and avoid reckless risk-taking.

Wipe Out offers viewers unprecedented insight into the lives of people who are part of what doctors call the invisible epidemic - brain injury, the leading cause of death and disability among men under the age of 35.

2008, 50 min 31 s

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