Glenn Hall announced his retirement from the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour during the 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters. As Ireland's sole surfer on Tour, in recent years he hasn't only been surfing, but coaching as well. Shortly after his last heat both on the CT and at the Pipe Masters, Hall opened up about what's next (hint: he won't be gone for long).
Daniel Jenks: What's next for you?
Glenn Hall: Spend more time with my family. It's been a pretty wild six weeks here, trying to sort out my life after this. Fortunately I've had a lot of opportunities, which is really cool. But figuring out which one suits me best and which I'd like to do and which one offered the right amount of time away.
I'm going to be coaching as well, I'll still be in and around events. Around all the guys and doing the coaching role, working with Sage Erickson (USA) and maybe another girl and another couple guys. We'll see what happens.
DJ: When you look back at your CT career, what's your proudest moment?
Hall: My most proud moments in my life, aren't surfing really. It was getting married and having kids and having good friends. As far as surfing, probably coming back from my injury. I was pretty proud of myself for that and even the year before I qualified. I was out for a year with a busted ankle. And the fact that I didn't give up, that was something I was really proud of in my career.
DJ: What will you miss most about being on the Tour?
Hall: Hopefully, I'm still around it, but all the boys. Everyone on this Tour is amazing. They're your family and friends. You've got friends that you grow up with at home and they'll always be your friends as well, but you kind of have a whole other group of friends [on Tour] as well. Every year when someone retires, you realize six months down the track you haven't seen them. Some people don't even live that far away and you don't see them anymore. That's what's cool about what you do. You fly home, but you'll see them again next week.
DJ: How many events are you going to try and go to next year?
Hall: Maybe eight or nine, but still working it out.
DJ: Any big plans for the post-season?
Hall: I'm going home and selling the boards, getting one twinny [twin fin] and that'll do me!
Catch the action back in the water when the men's and women's Championhip Tour seasons kick off again March 10, 2016.