• age bonus-points system. For every year the competitors age is beneath 15, the competitor will be awarded one bonus point per heat. For example, a Junior of 13 will be awarded two points plus the scores of their best two waves.
  • The Tribal Elders category will have an additional age bonus-points system. For each five-year increments above 59 that the competitor’s age is, they will be awarded 0.5 of a bonus point per heat (this value may increase  dependentIt is not compulsory to use hand-planes or fins.
  • Handboard design (if used): Length is a maximum of 51cm from the tip of the nose, to the end of the tail in a straight horizontal line along its deck. The width dimensions to be a maximum aggregate of 27cm. Hand gloves or a second hand-board are not permitted.** recently updated
  • A contestant may only surf a maximum of 10 waves per heat.
  • Event will be a non-priority event. However, if the judges deem a competitor is dominating the wave count in the heat as a strategy to the detriment of other competitors, they will be given an interference call.
  • Riding or paddling interference – First person in the wave has the right to the wave. If two contestants enter wave at same time, person closest to the peak has the right.
  • Interference calls will be decided by the head judge.
  • If a riding, paddling or strategic interference occurs, that wave will count in the bodysurfer’s score as a zero, and then the lowest scoring wave of their final 2-wave tally will count as a 50% score.


  • All events except for the Mermaids are open to both genders.
  • Competitors can compete in as many categories as they qualify for. A registration fee is required for each category.
  • Scoring will be based on difficulty, variety and style of manoeuvres as well as the flow of riding from one manoeuvre to the next and the positioning of the competitor in the critical section of the wave. Length of ride and size of wave will be additional secondary considerations.
  • Wave scoring will be done from 0.1 to 10, broken into one-tenth increments on each ride. Points for each contestant’s top 2 waves will be added together to determine their final score.
  • The Juniors category will have an additional reverse- on wave conditions on the day).  For example, a Tribal Elder between 65-69 will be awarded two bonuses plus the scores of their best two waves.

Champion Bodysurf Club

Points will be awarded to the bodysurfing club of each individual that makes the semi-finals and finals. One of the principle aims of The Coolum Wedge is to promote diversity and inclusion to the sport of bodysurfing, so to that end all divisions will score equal points. The club with the highest points tally from all divisions will be announced  as Wedge Champion Whomp Club.

Points will be awarded per division as follows:

1st        11

2nd       8

3rd        6

4th        5

5th        3

7th        1