2012 was the most successful year of veteran Glenn Hall’s career to date. During a stellar competition season, he secured his biggest-ever win at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito, defeating Nathaniel Curran in the final at Willards Beach, South Africa, and also won the ASP 4-Star Hainan Classic in China, and finished runner-up at the ASP Prime Lowers Pro at Trestles, California.
So, after an epic twelve-year qualification campaign, Glenn finally made it into surfing’s elite division. However, after a solid start to his 2013 campaign, he suffered a serious injury in the fourth round in Fiji, fracturing three vertebrae going over the falls backwards at Restaurants. The injury put him out of action for six weeks, causing him to miss the next three rounds of the series.
Born on 11th November 1981, Glenn grew up in Umina Beach, Australia, but now represents Ireland, the country of his grandfather. His mother and father were a great help throughout his childhood - “they didn’t have a great deal of money to fund my early years,” he says, “but they did everything they could to give me the best chance.”
Like his good friend Ace Buchan, Glenn is a diminutive goofy-footer who doesn't do airs. And like the Hobgood twins and Kelly Slater, he learnt his skills on bad waves, a fact that he believes was a great help in his development - “people that come from average waves seem hungry,” he says, “and they learn to read shit waves.”