The swells hitting the Hawaiian coastline this winter have allowed historical big wave competitions like the Pe’ahi Challenge and the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau invitational to be held but the heavy surf has also caused some damage.
Two Australian surfers were injured in December in Hawaii’s massive swell, forcing them to miss the opening event of the 2016 World Surf League tour.
Bede Durbidge announced today that he is withdrawing from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast because of his broken pelvis, which happened at Pipeline.
He said his physical well-being is of the utmost importance.
“I’ve always prided myself with looking after my physical health, and in the 11 years on tour, I’ve been fortunate enough to never miss an event due to injury until now,” he said in a press release.
He will be a commentator at the event held at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia.
Thanking the @wsl and all my sponsors for all the support on withdrawing from the first half of the 2016 season. I'm recovering as quick as possible for the severity of the injury. I will be missing all my mates on tour and wishing you all the best. Take care boys @ripcurl_aus @ripcurl_usa @monsterenergy @dragonalliance @houseofmarley @jsindustries1 @ocean_earth @grapes_thecat
Fellow Aussie Owen Wright also announced he will not compete in the contest, nor the first half of the season because he is still healing from a severe head injury he suffered at Pipeline.
He was a contender for the 2015 World Title but was forced to drop out of the race due to his concussion, which happened while getting tossed around under the heavy surf. Unfortunately, his doctors haven’t cleared him for competition and it’s unclear when he’ll return.
“I’ve been working regularly with top specialists in the country and they’ve given me a lengthy rehabilitation time before I’m able to feel normal again and a period of time after that before they’re confident I can perform at the elite level without additional risk,” Wright said in a press release.
To all the friends and family of the people that have a traumatic brain injury… you are appreciated. It takes a lot of help to get through these things… so thank you to all my friends and family and support from everyone. Here's an update… I'm just starting to lose my post traumatic amnesia and it feels great to know what i did yesterday.. well some of it haha Here is a pic of my best ride in 2015 #thebox let's get more of this!!
“Head injuries are tricky in terms of mapping out recovery time and it’s possible that I may not be able to pull the jersey on all year.”
The news comes days after Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning announced he will be taking time off from competitive surfing.
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast kicks off March 10.
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