Bede Durbidge forged a name for himself on the Australian Junior Series, working his way through the ranks with his now trademark combination of grace, power and fierce determination. After graduating to the World Qualifying Series, he won the ASP 4-Star Rip Curl Newquay Boardmasters in 2003, and the ASP 6-Star Nokia Lacanau Pacific Motion Pro in 2004. He joined the World Championship Tour in 2005, and scored an unexpected victory at the 2006 Boost Mobile Pro in Trestles, San Clemente, beating Kelly Slater in the final. In 2007, he claimed the Billabong Pipeline Masters and the Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing and finished the year ranked world number five. In 2008, he won on the tour again, this time at Imbituba, Brazil, and he finished the season in second place, his highest finish to date. Bede was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 23 February 1983. He grew up at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island and it was here that he honed his skills in the surf. Encouraged by his family, he took his first wave aged nine on his own boogie board and his balance and confidence in the surf grew from that moment on. Known for his remarkable arsenal of aerial manoeuvres, power surfer Bede is a threat in all conditions, and his competitive drive surely makes him a realistic contender for a world title in the future. He is also known as a regular blogger on ASPWorldTour.com, giving his many fans an insight into the life of the one of surfing’s top athletes.
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