Bede Durbridge announced in August that he would be back competing in Hawaii, almost a year after a serious pelvic injury that could have ended his career. His recent performance in the Haleiwa Hawaiian Pro showed that all the therapy and hard work of the past 11 months paid off. Although he lost out for second place to Evan Geiselman, Durbridge was in top form, scoring a 7.17 in the third round of the competition with smooth trademark moves.
Bede said that he was stoked to be in Hawaii, despite not getting through. In light of the seriousness of his past injury, he was happy just to be back competing. The pro surfer just returned to wave riding this past July, starting with a longboard, then transitioning to a large single fin before making it back to his regular shortboard.
The 12-month recovery period predicted by Bede’s doctor was accurate, and the surfer said his recuperation went much better than he expected. In his August statement he expressed a lot of thanks for the support he received from family, friends, fans and sponsors, as well as everyone who worked with him since his injury.
Taking the advice of good friend and winner of three world titles Mick Fanning, Bede took things easy, careful not to rush his return to form. He remained busy on the sidelines coaching John John Florence to a world championship and doing commentary for WSL broadcast.