THE CONTEST Coolum has an extraordinarily long history of bodysurfing and it has been an integral part of Coolum’s culture and identity. For over 40 years, it’s been home to the 79ers – a disparate group of local, amped-up, stoke-addicted bodysurfers ranging in age from teens to octogenarians. Every single morning, rain hail or shine, the tribe gets together to challenge themselves in the waves and regal each other with their whomping exploits post-session.
The over-riding goal of The Wedge is to act as the annual gathering for all the bodysurfing ‘tribes’ around Australia and indeed the world – a gathering of the fraternity, a sharing of stories and a weekend filled as much with friends as with friendly competition. Instigated by a passionate desire to share their own enthusiasm, it aims at bringing together all national body surfing tribes, encouraging universal participation and, in true Aussie spirit, giving everyone a fair go.
Everyone has experienced the joy of bodysurfing in their life. This festival hopefully acts as a springboard for people to get back into that stoke and join other like-minded whompers. One of the primary aims of the Wedge is to promote age and gender diversity as the primary message. To encourage all-ages participation, bonus points scoring for the Tribal Elders has been introduced.
Caprice Apartments Caprice apartments are a sponsor of the Coolum Wedge and our favourite place to recommend for your stay in Coolum. They are offering stay 3 nights and pay for 2 (if you mention the Coolum Bodysurfing festival) Straight across the road from the beach and competition site. BTW – Luke the Manager is also a mad keen bodysurfer !! Use the code 'WEDGE" And get three nights for the price of two.
One of our bestsellers in Coolum Beach! Featuring views of Coolum Beach, The Beach Retreat Coolum offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 spa pools, sauna, children’s pool, games room and an on-site cafe. Free covered parking is available (but not guaranteed). The retreat is located on the beachfront in the heart of Coolum Beach and just a 15-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport. Use the code 'WEDGE" and get three nights for the price of two.