THE WAVES Coolum itself is a natural magnet for body surfing waves. The continental shelf slopes off deeply out from Coolum, allowing swells to rear up quickly and break with more energy than other locales. Coolum is also blessed with permanent coffee-rock formations that protrude into the ocean like spines under the sand so the banks are typically anchored to these formations which makes the rides long
The Coolum headland (Point Perry) Point Perry book-ends one corner of a long crescent-shaped beach, so no matter what the swell direction there is always a bank that’s on. Point Perry gets really good when the surf is big, it can handle 6-10ft and you can get some wild rides out there. The headland itself refracts swell lines back towards the main break, combining with the main swell, rapidly building in height and producing the legendary ‘Coolum Wedges’.
The bodysurfing contest has the flexibility to be held anywhere along the length of the beach. Also, March is a great time to have a comp at Coolum. The statistical swell history shows surfable waves occur 95 per cent of the time during the month and it’s also the most likely times for the tropical lows in the Coral Sea to push us through a strong pulse.”
In the event of serious inclement weather, the wedge contest will move to Moffat Beach, which offers more protective conditions.