Bede Durbidge: a surfer true to himself | Photo: Moran/Red Bull

Bede Durbidge announced that he will retire from the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour in 2018.

The Australian surfer will put an end to his pro surfing career as an athlete, possibly after the 2018 Margaret River. But he has big plans for the future.

"I'm very excited to take on the role as the elite program manager for Surfing Australia's High Performance Centre (HPC) and will be working with the best Australian surfers and their coaches heading into the 2020 Olympics," stated Bede Durbidge.

"The White Fijian" joined the Tour in 2005. His biggest achievement in the elite of surfing was winning the Billabong Pipeline Masters and the Triple Crown of Surfing in 2007.

Ironically, the mother of all waves nearly killed him in 2015, when Durbidge suffered a scary wipeout and fractured his pelvis. Last year, still injured, the Australian coached John John Florence to a maiden world title.

Bede Durbidge was born on February 23, 1983, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At 5'11, he is a regular-footed surfer.