December was a tough month for Pipeline surfers. Evan Geiselman nearly died, Owen Wright sustained a nasty head injury, and Bede Durbidge shattered his pelvis like glass. Durbidge is laid up in the hospital, and his surfing career is on shaky ground. According to a report, his “surfing future is in doubt.”
When Bede wiped out on a Pipeline bomb, it was clear that something was very, very wrong. After he was rushed to the hospital, doctors discovered that his pelvis was broken in two places. They inserted a 17 cm rod, a metal plate, and four screws to hold him together. It was a major surgery, and Durbidge’s recovery will be a long one. As the WSL’s first event of 2016 begins in three months on the Gold Coast, it’s doubtful that Bede will be able to surf.