Munro back in action
SCOTTS Head local and former world surfing number six Trent Munro is making a surprise return to competitive surfing.
Tomorrow he dives into the Great Southern Ocean to compete in the Kangaroo Island Pro in South Australia.
The event will be the first time Munro has donned a competition jersey since his retirement in 2007. He will be joined by close friends and former world tour surfers Phil MacDonald and Mark Occhilupo.
Munro said he was looking forward to getting back into competition surfing, yet was adamant that the event would only be a one-off.
"I'm really looking forward to this event.
"However, it's certainly not a return to the ASP World Tour," he said.
"My good friend Phil MacDonald is half the reason why I considered doing the event.
"Every year since retirement Phil and I do a surfing trip together and for this year's trip we will be back to the game we know and played very well."
The Kangaroo Island event is a new addition to the ASP calendar and the location's ability to provide consistent two-metre waves has Munro putting in the extra hours to be in the best shape for the competition.
"I have competed at iconic events all around the world and here in Australia and I really believe the K. I. event will be most definitely up there," Munro said.
"My preparation and water time for the event have been pretty good, with a bunch of awesome east coast swells throughout winter and some trips to Indonesia and Fiji have definitely helped me get in surf shape."
While the Kangaroo Island Pro has a $20,000 prize for the winner and a total prize pool of $145,000, for Munro it is all about having a good time.
"The decision for me to do the event is based around having a bit of fun, as I feel I am in very good positive time in my life, so why not," he said.