Check Out Bede Durbidge

Age: 20

Height: 6’ 1″

Weight: 180 lbs.

Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia

Sponsors: Billabong, Mt. Woodgee, Kustom, Spy

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Bede comes from a small parcel of land off the coast of Queensland called North Stradbroke Island. Known for its heavy beach breaks and fine scenery, Stradbroke Island has tuned Bede’s surfing into an act of pure grace and power. But if you were to head to Stradbroke and look for him, you’d have little luck. He’s recently purchased his first house at Currumbin and plans to put his surfing talent all over the long, tubing point breaks of the sunny Gold Coast.

Bede’s surfing career is already well on its way. He’s won the highly respected Hot Buttered Pro Junior at Narrabeen, finishing fifth on the Australian Junior circuit in 2002. Bede’s surfing has taken him all over the globe, but most recently his time in Hawai‘i has been the most valuable to him. His confident attitude and fierce determination scored him plenty of waves out at Pipe and Backdoor last season, landing him a double-page spread in Aussie mag Tracks. If he can stay focused and confident, Bede could quickly find himself following in the footsteps of fellow Aussies Fanning, Parko, and Dingo Morrison.–Tommy Herschell