Tour Talk: Bede Durbidge

World Number Three on the new rules, new judges, and new surfers.

Updated: June 21, 2010, 10:33 AM ET
By Micah Abrams | ESPN Action Sports

Calling Bede Durbidge a World Tour "underdog" has become a cliche on par with calling Trestles the Tour's "most high performance wave." Both used to be true; but these days? Not so much. Pretty much every wave on Tour that's not Teahupoo or Pipe is now high performance, and anyone calling Durbidge an underdog is just underestimating him.

The 26-year-old from Queensland, Australia has been ranked in the top five for three years running, finishing as high as second in 2008. And ...

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