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Bede Durbidge Returns To Form, Australia

Last update we received on Bede Durbidge's recovery was two months ago, revealing that he was back in the water. Albeit riding a wide-hipped single fin, for someone that had their pelvic girdle destroyed at Pipe only late last year, that's an admirable achievement within that kind of timeframe. Now, pictured above, is evidence that he's dusted off the thruster and back throwing himself over draining rock shelfs.

Lensman Andrew Shield (who captured this frame), was bearing witness on the shoulder that day and commented on his form:

"He didn’t give any indication that he was needing to hold back at all. He went down to this slab with Bobby Martinez. The tide was too low when they first paddled out and it was just them and a couple of boogers. The reef was barely covered. Bede found entry into a couple and he looked like he’s lost none of his paddle speed - he really had to get to his feet quick to make these waves.. I don’t know when he’s looking to compete again but I’d say he’s months ahead of where he’s supposed to be recovery wise."