The festival

– now a 3-day happening!!!!


Fists of Fury Comp

“Be as water, my friend”

Date Time Event
Friday 25th March
03.30 pm
Come one, Come all Whomp–in Expression Session at First Bay Coolum
Friday 25th March
05.30 pm
Festival Kick-off. The Gathering of the Tribes reunion drinks at Coolum SLSC
Saturday 26th
early start
A big day of whomping !! All heats across the 5 divisions
Saturday 26th
BBQ and / or Food truck available at the contest site
Saturday 26th
5 pm onwards
The (in)Famous Mid-Festival After Party - Coolum Beach Hotel Beer Garden (specially reserved section)
Sunday 27th
early start
Finals Day! semis and finals for all divisions. Wear your new Wedge t-shirts
Sunday 27th
Post event gatho and brag session - Coolum Beach Hotel

COOLUM WEDGE 2022 contest is happening between 25 and 27 March 2022. Just like last year this years competition will be filled with fun and competitorors from all of Australia.

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 Juniors and the Tribal Elders have been introduced. In the Juniors, the younger you are the more points head-start you are given and conversely in the Elders, the older guys and girls get the advantage.

The inaugural Wedge 21 festival was monikered the Fist Of Doom contest with supporting illustration by renowned surf artist Al Wrath. Wedge 22 has been anointed as The Fist Of Fury event, so Like Bruce Lee said, “Be as water, my friend”

Coolum Wedge Spirit Mermaids

Junior Registration

$ 25
  • Entry Fee
  • junior females may also register for the mermaids division for an extra $30

Adult Registration

$ 55
  • Entry Fee

*$20 for After party & $29 for T-Shirt charged seprately and not included in event registration fee.

Accomodation Options at COOLUM Festival

Caprice Apartments are a sponsor of the Coolum Wedge and our favourite place to recommend for your stay in Coolum.  Straight across the road from the beach and competition site.  BTW –  Luke the Manager is also a mad keen bodysurfer !!

Coolum Wedge Caprice Apartments

Caprice Apartments

1 Bedroom 2 nights $500 3 nights $690
2 Bedroom 2 nights $600 3 nights $840
3 Bedroom 2 nights $760 3 nights $1050

10% discount when you ring through as say you are part of the Coolum Wedge event

Coolum Beach Caravan park

Villas, powered sites and unpowered sites

Coolum Wedge Coolum Beach Caravan park
Coolum Wedge budget accomodations

Coolum Budget Accommodation

From $95 per night

AIR BNB Options:

There is also any number of Air BNB houses , flats and rooms for rent on the usual websites