Tom Carroll

The key is to not bullshit yourself. Don’t create something that isn’t there inside you. If you're faking it, it'll be really obvious.

Matt Warshaw interviewed Tom Carroll a half-dozen or so times from the mid-’80s to the late ’90s. Portions of three of those interviews are offered here.

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Is the world champ always the best surfer in the world?

In many respects, yes. The world champ is the guy who’s been consistent, on top of his whole act. The surfers on the World Tour are the best in the world; they can surf anywhere at any given time. If a surfer can bring out his best from event to event over a whole year, a...