Two-time world surfing champion Tyler Wright can't wait to get back into competition after an extended break due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
A battle with chronic fatigue syndrome sidelined Wright for 17 months before she made her return to the World Surf League at last year's season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii.
Wright was expected to return to fulltime competition on this year's tour before COVID-19 forced the championship to be abandoned.
In its place a three-event Australian Grand Slam of Surfing is the only chance the country's best will have to showcase their talent in 2020.
The waiting period for the Grand Slam began on Tuesday and Wright was excited by the chance to get back into action.
"I was ready to go and prepared for a very big ask of my body," Wright said of 2020.
"The trauma of the last few years has been really intense but I've been really well supported.
"Which means my team is really well prepped with what I'll do to compete, the limits I'll go to and where I won't go.
"With that said, I'm as ready to compete as I've ever been."
The Grand Slam features three events at Gold Coast, Margaret River and Tweed Heads.
The event window runs until October 31, and organisers can run at any of the three locations in that time depending on conditions.
The two-day events will feature 24 surfers (12 men and 12 women) going head-to-head with 11 men and eight women from the WSL tour on standby for each event.
The remaining spots in each field will be allocated to the highest-ranked 2019 non-qualifying Australian surfers or selected wildcards.
Former world champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson will also headline a "Heritage Heat" at the Gold Coast event against Bede Durbidge and Dean Morrison.
"I haven't really competed since my last event at Bells Beach in 2018 so it should be interesting but whenever I surf with Dean and Joel and those guys there is always an aspect of competitiveness even when we're free surfing," Fanning said.
"No doubt the other three will play down how seriously they're taking it but I'm sure once we're all there together something will ignite within."