Recently retired Bede Durbidge, chose to hang up his jersey at seasons end in 2017, leaving a stellar WSL career behind him, and perhaps transitioning into another? After all, he did coach JJF during his first title and we're pretty sure Micro is booked out 'til 2020. 'Straya needs more super coaches! (Maxi)

Pivotal Moments In The Life Of Bede Durbidge


Hey Bede, tell us about the moment you…

 …got your first surf shot in a mag. I can’t remember the first photo I got in a major mag but I remember the first photos that I saw of myself were ones Marty Tullemans took at North Straddie when I was about 12. He printed them out and blew them up. One was a lay-back blow tail that I would never make and the other was a backhand floater. I grew up on Straddie and you’re a little bit sheltered over there and it was the first time I had shot with a professional photographer, I’d just come back from the Gold Coast titles and I won that and I was thinking to myself, “Now I can match it with these Goldy boys.” I was so stoked. Mum and Dad probably still have them somewhere.

…got your first World Tour victory. That was at Trestles in 2006, I had the toughest draw that day too. My first heat on the final day was against Andy which was a task in itself and then I think I had Chris Ward and then Taj and then Kelly. It was a pretty amazing feat for me just to go on and make the final, the highest I had finished before that was a 5th maybe, so to go on and beat Kelly when everyone thought Kelly was going to win… I dunno it all went in my favour, I just couldn’t lose that day. We had a huge night that night. Andy and Parko kidnapped me, it was my second year on tour and I was only a grom back then.

…caught the best wave of your life. That was at North Straddie when I was about 18. I still remember that wave so clearly. It was at Cylinders, which is the right hand pointbreak out there. The banks were perfect, it was six foot and I remember getting this wave where I got five, six second barrels on it, every one of them on the foam ball. I came in and completely freaked out. The wave went for a few hundred metres, it was at home, and it was the best wave of my life. I was hoping everyone else saw it too but the only person who did was my mate’s mum.

…mortgaged your house to stay on tour. When I got dropped by Billabong, I only had Mt Woodgee as my sponsor so I put an extra $50,000 on my mortgage to pay for my travels for a year. That was in 2007. It was a no-brainer really, I was just so pissed off and fired up and pyched to go on there and smash it. I had this crazy determination that I was going to do well and make my money back. I came out and got second at the Quik Pro first event, Mick beat me in the final but to come out like that set my whole year up. I could have got all down and bummed out but I turned it around and used that adversary as an advantage. I surf better when I am under pressure.

…were changed by the birth of your child. It was amazing. It made me less selfish and I lost that mongrel for a little bit. I have got it back now but it was definitely hard adjusting to being a dad and a pro surfer. It was really difficult juggling everything and that reflected on my results. But now I have got a good balance on it, I can be a dad and be present and then I can switch off and be that mongrel competitor. If I am away from my family, I am there for a purpose. I channel that energy into my competing and I feel it is an advantage now.

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