Damien Hardman

Sydney, 1998

I remember thinking before the heat, “I need this five grand more than Tom Carroll does.”

DC Green’s feature on two-time world champion Damien Hardman, “The Last Emperor,” which included the interview below, ran in the February 1998 issue of Australia’s Surfing Life. Hardman was 32 and three years from WCT retirement. This version of Green’s interview has been slightly edited.

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Let’s compare Tom Carroll and yourself. You’ve both won two world titles. Though you’re our last world champion, you never seem to have fired the public imagination like Tom. Not even like Occy, wh...