After suffering a devastating pelvic injury in 2015 Pipe Masters, Bede Durbidge has announced that he will compete in the World Surf League at Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe in December this year to contend for the Vans Triple Crown.
Several months from the injury, the surfing community has been left wondering whether he will be able to recover anytime soon or completely disappear from the 2016 World Tour. His recent posts in Instagram show him in healthier form and he finally broke silence and addressed everybody’s question when he made his official announcement.
See Durbidge’s official statement 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.”