Tom Carroll

Australian surfer

Tom Carroll (born 29 November 1961 in Newport, New South Wales) is a former Australian surfer. He won the Australian Junior Title in 1978, the Pro Juniors in 1977 and 1980, the 1983 and 1984 ASP World Title, and the 1987 Pipe Masters. He was the first surfing millionaire after signing a contract with Quiksilver in 1989.

Tom Carroll


  • Now I have no idea how this has come about - probably a rumour spread by my enemies - but apparently there's a general belief among some sections of the surf community that I am a bit of a drop-in artist.

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I surfed at the Light House and jettys in Hatteras during the mid-80’s in Buxton, NC often. I had an encounter with Tom Carrol who was a “drop-in artist” and a leash pulling snake. He yanked me off my board more than once, and snaked my lefts....however I finally gave him a taste of his own medicine. I Ripped him back, and some kids were amazed on the beach as I came out of the water after doing so...He was riding for QuickSilver at the time. I believe he was skipping a pro event in South Africa at the time....his stand against Apartheid. He and a handful of other world class surfers enjoyed Hatteras rather than participate in South African Surf contests for a few weeks.

I can’t say I care much for anyone of his status that enjoyed interfering with the average guys who probably had previously admired him....he was definitely not an ambassador of surfing. He was a narcissistic jerk. He had the opportunity to surf the entire world, but trashed local guys with out an ounce of consideration.