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November 17, 2008

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Filed under: Luke Stedman — Tags: , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:01 pm

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Been a busy little bumble bee of late. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZing all over this globe a couple of times over and over and over of late.

Can’t get enough honey though so I’m BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZing as much as possible.

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I got a DJ Falcon next to me then a Ron Blakey and a Cow boy. All kicking it at dusk at this joint called 100 Marches in France. It’s right next to where I stay in Biarritz and it’s the best afternoon bar in the world. I’m serious, nowhere else in the world can beat this place for ambiance, view and cold beer.
DJ Falcon plays in Paris regularly and travels with Daft Punk and is a super keen surfer. So we got to hand wit. Ron was commentating both the France and Spanish events and Cow boy was my personal chef though Europe. Both are my boys. Big time Babe …

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This is the view from our crib in Biarritz. It sux huh.

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Although Cow Boy has trouble sticking airs in the surf. He landed this thing so sweet. Rode out of it like butter on a fry pan. Thank god though as I was over taking him to hospital.

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Da Boys on the bike trip.

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I could not get enough of this. Tb and i laughing so hard at this. My boy Otto trying to explain why he was going around a roundabout the wrong way in France. A bee stung him he cries. Idiot … but he got off … so is he a genius?????

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Say no more …

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Who is dat kook. I have so much fun making fun of myself.

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Spent a bit of time in san Sebastian. This was right before we got some crazy grits at one of the many, many Tapas restaurants. Fun little town but if you go make sure it’s after 3pm, otherwise she is shut for business. Also, if you’re going out, don’t go anywhere till after 1am.

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MJ took me to Maui for my first time. Such an epic place. Beautiful. This is the only shot I took ’cause I’m a lazy camera man. Can you believe that she also ordered scrambled eggs? FREAK!!!!!!

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This is a random night in LA right before France. My good friend Tak and Raymond Pettibon. Raymond is a cool cat who is one of my favorite artists. I got to hang with him so it was really cool. Raymond has done artwork for Black Flag and also designed the logo for the group. He has also worked with Sonic Youth, another of my fav groups. He has his work in Museum of Modern Art in NY, The Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, and a large collection in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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His work….

– Steds

November 13, 2008

HALEIWA, SUNSET, PIPE

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 11:57 pm

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Parko has spent a bit of the break up on North Stradbroke island as well. © Shield

It was really cool to arrive home to Stradbroke Island in Australia and find my family and friends had organised a party for me after winning in Brazil. It was a great buzz and drove home the good feeling around securing my third WCT contest win and moving to No. 2 in the ratings behind Kelly ahead of Hawaii. I’m a believer in celebrating your victories but you can never stop moving. So my mind has also been fully focussed on the Pipe Masters and the Vans Triple Crown where I am defending both titles.

It’s given me a real focus for Hawaii. Basically, Parko and/or Taj need to win at Pipe to overtake me in finishing second on the WCT for 2008. I’ll be stoked if I can hold the position as it will complete a solid season where I will have moved from No. 5 to 2 – providing real confidence for a shot at the world title in 2009.

We’re all dropping equal ninths in terms of our best results counting, so it’s going to be hard for people to make up points with just one event remaining. But it’s a bonus to also have the Triple Crown to aim for as well as Pipe.

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There have been plenty of fun times this year outside the contests as well; at South Stradbroke with Bottle and Clint Kimmins a couple of months back. © Shield

I was stoked to take out last year’s Triple Crown. The respect the Hawaiians alone hold for the Crown makes you proud to have won it. I guess it’s because the three events are often held in such diverse conditions at different North Shore breaks and it’s a real challenge to prove consistent across all of them.

The opening event is at Haleiwa, which I reckon is an awesome wave. It gets huge (and a bit scary) there but it’s still a real high performance wave even when it’s big. The contest at Sunset is different. When Sunset is on, it’s a full ocean wave with its own unique feeling to it. Longer boards are required and conquering Sunset is a feat in itself.

Then you finish off with the Wimbledon of surfing, the Pipe Masters. It’s the premier event in the premier wave. To have your name on that trophy is just so awesome. But I’m greedy … I want to see it there twice!

The Pipe Masters also has the best trophy in surfing. You get a handcrafted special board made by Gerry Lopez. I’ve had it on display in the Mt Woodgee shop window in Coolangatta for the past 10 months and it certainly draws attention.

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Sunset, there’s simply nowhere else like it. © Cory Scott

For obvious reasons, Hawaii is also the ultimate proving ground for your equipment. I’m taking over 10 boards. With the five I left over there from last year, I’ll have 15 in my quiver all up. The lengths range from 6’2 to 7’6 and the reality is you could surf your shortest board and longest one on the same day – the swell can rise that quickly, often within hours.

My boards went insane there last year so having the best of last year’s batch and a few new ones as well has me amped. It really helps that my shaper from Mt Woodgee Wayne Mckewen has spent so many seasons in Hawaii himself. Wayne is so onto what is needed there and knows exactly what I need to surf well in those kinds of waves. I’ve tried a few Hawaiian shapers’ boards in the past but Wayne’s just felt better – and that gives me plenty of confidence.

My wife Tarryn and I will be staying in a nice little studio at Sunset with a nice family we know who have two young boys who surf. We stayed there last year and I am really looking forward to getting back, seeing them and surfing some big hollow waves.

Aloha everybody,

Bede

November 5, 2008

THE CURE FOR JET LAG

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — wpssuperblog @ 4:34 pm

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Back home now for a week in Currumbin. © Shield

Now that’s what I call a great week! I mentioned in my last blog that it was a real slog to get from Australia to Brazil in terms of jet lag and impact on the body clock. But winning is the perfect antidote.

I’m so stoked to have taken out the Hang Loose Pro. It’s my third career win on the WCT, pushed me to Number 2 on the rankings behind Kelly with just one event to go, and is my best ever result in Brazil — which is a country I love surfing in because of the passion the fans have there. So, all in all, I’m stoked I made the effort to get to Brazil!

The win has amped me for the last ‘CT contest of the year where I am defending my title at the Pipe Masters. Doing well there and also defending my Hawaiian Triple Crown title are my remaining priorities for this year — along with sealing the Number 2 spot.

I’m pretty sure I can hold onto 2nd as long as Taj or Parko don’t reach the Pipe Masters final and I don’t dud out too early in the contest. I’d be stoked if I can finish ’08 at Number 2 behind Kelly.

I know everybody wants to be Number 1 but the reality is it was gone for this year some time ago thanks to Kelly’s stellar performances this year. Second is next best and it’s definitely my goal from here because it’s a perfect launch pad for next year’s Dream Tour and having a crack at the world title.

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You can expect to see Jeremy in plenty more finals in the future.

Brazil was pretty much a dream final for me. I felt like I was building momentum the whole event and I peaked at the right time. I got a perfect start in the final against Jeremy Flores with an 8-pointer which I backed up straight after with a 9 before Jeremy had even caught anything.

The rest of the final I just concentrated on staying busy, pushing my turns and hoping Jeremy didn’t come back at me. That was a real risk as Jeremy was definitely one of the form surfers of the event and was posting nines most heats.

Luckily for me, he struggled to get into a rhythm in the final and I was able to take it out. Jeremy’s appearance in the final, his first on the tour, shows he’s a guy with a future. It’s only his second year on tour and he has made top 10 now two years in a row. France should be proud of him – he’s an amazing surfer who will make many more finals.

My toughest heat was in the semis against Freddie P. We both struggled for decent waves and in the last couple of minutes he only needed a 7.5 to beat me, so I had to just follow him around and not give him an inch. I knew he could get the score easy but luckily for me a wave didn’t show up.

I took some new boards to Brazil which my shaper from Mt Woodgee Wayne McKewen did for me. I rode one particular 6’2″ in the Straddie Teams Assault before I left and it went awesome. It quickly became the new favourite and I used it all the way through the event.

My previous best in a Brazilian event was equal 9th so it was awesome to go all the way this time — especially in front of the amazing crowds they have there.
I reckon the Brazilian surf fans are the most passionate in the word. They idolise their own surfers and really get in behind them. They’re treated like demi-gods. But they also love the visiting surfers.

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Some boards, some training, and then it’s on to Hawaii. Speaking of boards, you can order direct off the guys at Mt Woodgee through their site, http://www.mtwoodgee.com.au © Shield

I think the locals were a bit bummed that Kelly, Mick, Andy and Joel weren’t there. They idolise those guys but they still seemed pretty stoked to watch all of us other guys there.

Next year everyone will be in Brazil because it will be the fourth event on tour. They’ve changed the dates because winter in Brazil supposedly has lighter winds and bigger swells, improving the prospect of better waves. The event deserves to have the best possible field.

I got treated awesome there: definitely the best crowds on the tour!
I’m off home now to the Gold Coast for eight days before heading to Hawaii.
I’ll hang with my wife Tarryn, my family and friends, get my boards sorted through Wayne and do some training for Hawaii with Elko (Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton).
It’s not tough getting motivated after a week like the last one!
Talk to you from the Islands.

Bede

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