After Trent finished his school certificate, he worked at his competitive game for two hard years. He convincingly won the 1997 Australian Junior Title, blitzing the field by winning four Pro Junior events and going on to join the World Qualifying Series (WQS). Four years was all he needed on the WQS to qualify for the World Championship Tour (WCT) in 2000, surfing against the caliber of Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and Mark “Occy” Occhilupo.
Trent’s maiden year saw him win a WCT event in Brazil, crowning him the 2001 Rookie of the Year and the fastest rookie ever to win a WCT event. Trent progressively worked his way into the top 20 and then, in 2005, into the list of top 10 surfers in the world. Although finishing 6th, he was up at #1 for most of the year.
“What a fantastic concept! Yes, I have had a number of encounters with sharks at some secluded locations. Line of sight works with these guys. I will definitely be having these eyes on my boards to help keep watch, no doubt! “