What a weekend! Has there ever been a greater gathering of bodysurfers in one location for the simple purpose of social interaction and surfing? Perhaps.. maybe..but who cares! The first unofficial official Whomp Camp was all time!

There were great waves throughout the weekend. Starting with draining 3-4ft peaks on Friday, to 2-3ft peaks of fun throughout Saturday and 2ft on Sunday morning for the hardcore few.

Along with the 37 bodysurfers, we had whales, dolphins and penguins sharing the warm blue water with us and every wave felt like a party wave. Sometimes literally!

Bar a light drizzle on Saturday, the weather was fantastic throughout with the forecast rain arriving as if on cue, only as the camp was being packed up on Sunday.

Personal highlights

  • The outright camaraderie and sharing of waves and equipment
  • The calls of ‘party wave’
  • Being the dominant wave riders in the lineup (for once)
  • The rousing Cliff Flax/Belly Slater camp fire performance – getting salt crusted bodysurfers into sing a long
  • Commitment to the cause – guys driving down from the Gold Coast (7.5 hours) and North Brisbane (over 8 hours!)

The Whomp Against Cancer raffle also managed to raise over $2600 for a very good cause.  The winners list can be found here

A huge thanks to all the sponsors and donators who chipped in to make that possible and to the blonde locked world champion Tom Marr, for drawing the prizes.

It was incredibly humbling and satisfying experience to see such an enthusiastic adoption of an idea formulated over a few beverages earlier in the year. The bodysurfing community is a definitely in a good place.

So stay tuned for some further updates as pictures are released and of course, plans for Whomp Camp 2017!