Surfing breaks many of us only dream of, holding over-sized cardboard checks while getting hosed down with expensive champagne, and using one of a countless number of free surfboards to shake away the swarms of girls that flock to them in masses. Such is the unfortunate perception that many have of professional surfers and the lives they lead. However, what is many times unseen is a different image, one of hard work and perseverance, one of immense pressure and disappointment, and one that actually reaches into the actual persona of a pro surfer. Bede Durbidge is seeking to change that.
Bede Durbidge doesn’t say much. When he does, he speaks softly and slowly, with a rural drawl. In the past, his unassuming and humble personality have lead to his competitors over-looking and underestimating him. His Triple Crown and Pipe Masters wins in 2007 and his current 3rd place rank on the world title charts in ‘08 have quickly put an end to that. As he has cemented his spot among the top surfers in the world he has continued to keep a very informative blog documenting his journey and all that goes into it. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the hard work, the struggles, the successes, and the determination of the one they call the “White Fijian.”
If you want to see just what the life of a pro surfer is all about as they make their way throughout the year, take the opportunity to read Bede’s Blog. It just may change everything you though you knew about what it’d like in the life of a professional surfer.
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Posted by Shaun on Friday, July 25th, 2008 in Surfing.