Coolum set to host international body surfing comp

Coolum bodysurfer Darren Verrenkamp is also one of the founders of the Coolum Wedge Bodysurfing comp which will run again this year from April 26-28. File Photo: Contributed  

BODYSURFERS from across the world will soon be gracing Coolum Beach with their skill in the water with Coolum recognised by the international community after being requested to host the 2025 World Bodysurfing championships in its second year of being run.   

The news follows the success of the annual Coolum Wedge bodysurfing event which attracts the country’s best bodysurfers to the Sunshine Coast.  

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said the fact that Coolum will host an international event at the highest level of competition was a massive coup for the whole region.  

“We already know we have some of the best surfing conditions in the world, and to play host to an international event attracting some of the world’s greatest body surfers and an international audience is better than the best advertising campaign money can buy,” Mr Purdie said. 

“The economic benefits alone from hundreds of competitors and their families will bolster local tourism operators, with flow-on effects to every other small business in the food chain.” 

Coolum Wedge co-founder Darren Verrenkamp said the growth and success of the Festival, now in its fourth year, was the cornerstone to being awarded the world titles.  

“In just a few short years we’ve managed to grow this event into Australia’s premier competition attracting competitors from around the world, and we’re excited and proud that we’ve made such an impact in such a short time to secure this event from other high-profile international locations,” Darren said.  

“This is largely thanks to the efforts of Dan and especially Bendigo Community Bank Marcoola who has been our anchor sponsor since inception and shares the same community spirit as bodysurfing.”  

This year’s Coolum Wedge, which is also a qualifier for next year’s championships, will be held from 26-28 April. The Wedge is known for its all-inclusive vibe, hosting additional divisions for ages from 10-85. People of all abilities, from the casual body surfer to salty veterans love the competition and cheer each other’s waves in the heats. Registrations close April 19 and for more information visit  

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