Carroll, Tom

Dynamic and durable power surfer from Sydney, Australia; world champion in 1983 and 1984, and one of the sport's premier tuberiders. Carroll was born (1961) in Sydney, the son of a newspaper editor, raised in the beachfront suburb of Newport, and began surfing at age eight, a few months after his mother died of pancreatic cancer. Hawaiian style master Gerry Lopez was an early influence on Carroll, as was hard-turning local surfer Col Smith.

Carroll was a two-time juniors division winner in t...