Michael Tomson (1995)

Laguna Beach, 1995

Calling it Gotcha was my idea, and it's a fuckin' lame name. But, you know, it's no lamer than the Beatles.

Matt Warshaw’s unpublished interview with Michael Tomson was recorded in 1995, when Tomson was 41.

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Joel Cooper is your partner at Gotcha. We never hear about him. What was his role early on?

Joel and I have been friends since college. We dated a pair of sisters for awhile. After college I went off to surf on the IPS tour, while Joel went into business, but we always kept in touch.

Does Joel surf?

No. Which is great. Every surf company, if they expect to make it, needs a non-surfer to...