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Charge Of The Dark Horse

Charge Of The Dark Horse
Bede Durbidge is ranked third in the world but lacked major sponsor support until this year, leading to the obvious question: If a surfer challenges for a world title but no one sees him in the media, does it make a noise?

Updated: December 19, 2008, 5:02 PM ET
By Micah Abrams | EXPN.com

In September of 2006, Australian Bede Durbidge bobbed with a quiet focus above the cobblestone reef at Lower Trestles, waiting for the next set of the fading swell. Thousands of fans lined the beach behind him, nearly every one of them here to watch the guy bobbing just a few yards further out to sea: seven-time world champ Kelly Slater. Hell, if Bede weren't wearing a competition singlet, surfing in his first-ever World Tour final, he would have been here to watch Slater, too.

A harsh glare ...

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