Bodysurfers to put Coolum on international stage

Current Australasian body surfing champ and Australian team captain Jack Lewis, Trish from Bendigo Community Bank Marcoola, Coolum Wedge President Darren Verrenkamp, and Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien

Coolum Beach has been 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 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.”

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the 2025 World Bodysurfing championships would help showcase the Sunshine Coast to the world.

“With the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games around the corner, this event will help demonstrate why the Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a sporting and tourism mecca,” Mr O’Brien said.

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 19 April, 2024. For more information visit coolumwedge.com

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