In 1984, Tom Carroll won his 2nd world Title at Deerfield Beach, FL at an Island Water Sports hosted event. He signed this poster with IWS owner Kirk Cottrell after his heat. He will be here tonight to resign it and tell the story how this historical event went down.
Meet Tom Carroll and hear his story
Join us tonight 7pm-9pm for FREE Food & drinks with the 2x world surfing champ Tom Carroll & Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight 🤗🙏🏄💦
Carroll made the finals of the 1979 Pipe Masters as a world tour rookie, finishing 24th in the world that same year. He continued to ascend from 17th to 10th to 3rd before taking the world title in 1983 (winning 6 of 13 events) and distinguishing himself as the first goofy foot world champion.
The following year he answered the challenge from veteran Shaun Tomson to win the championship again.
In 1985, he boycotted the South African leg of the tour in protest against apartheid and subsequently fell behind Tom Curren. Carroll finished 2nd the following year.
In 1988, he made history again by becoming the first surfer to secure a million dollar contract (with Quiksilver). He finished third that year and again in 1991 (taking the Triple Crown the same year) before retiring in 1993.
In total, Carroll took 26 career world tour wins, three Pipe Masters victories (87, 90, and 91), and two world titles. #iwsvault