The surfing community wondered just how long Bede Durbidge would need to recover from the devastating pelvic injury he suffered during last December’s Pipe Masters. Though he hasn’t completely disappeared during this year’s Tour (he turned heads when news broke of his mentorship to John Florence), the assumption was that we’d wait until the start of the 2017 season to see him in the lineup again. But his recent Instagram posts show him in healthier-than-expected form, whether he’s opening up the shoulders for strong cutbacks or crouching into tight Snapper barrels. He left no more room for doubt on Wednesday when he announced to the WSL that he’ll compete at Haleiwa, Sunset, and Pipe in December for the Vans Triple Crown. His official statement is below:
I can’t thank my family, friends, fans, sponsors and the WSL enough for all the support over the last eight months. It has felt like a long time on the sidelines, but knowing I have all that positive support coming in has helped so much with my recovery.
I have been so blessed to have been living out my dream of being a pro surfer over the years. Traveling to all my favorite breaks and surfing against some of my good mates is pretty surreal. This year would have been my 12th consecutive year on the WSL Championship Tour, but not being able to compete has really made me reflect on all the good times I have had on Tour and drives me to get back to that level.
I have been so lucky to have received such great medical treatment and advice throughout this whole ordeal. Everyone I have worked with since day one has got me to where I’m at. There are too many people to name, but you know who you are and I can’t thank you enough.
My recovery is going so well. So much better than I thought it would to be honest. I was given about a 12-month recovery diagnosis from the doctor and I feel I’m about 75% right now.
I have been surfing for a couple of months now. I was on a longboard for a few weeks then upgraded to a 6’8 single fin for about a month and now I’m back on my regular shortboard. Every surf I go for, it feels better and better.
I have entered Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe in Hawaii. It will be 11 months since the injury and I feel the Triple Crown will be the perfect time and venue to pull the competition vest back on. I’m so excited to compete again, but I know I have a few more months of solid training and I’ll be back surfing at 100%.
Thanks again for all your support and encouragement it has me so pumped to come back bigger and better.