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Tom Carroll


  • Name: TOM CARROLL
  • Date of Birth: 11/29/1961
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia

  • The word legend doesn’t even begin to do Tom Carroll justice. TC has won 3 World Title. He’s won a battle with addiction. He invented then re-invented then re-re-invented power surfing and threw down the most memorable turn in the history of surfing - at Pipeline, no less. He lives his life with more excitement, enthusiasm and curiosity than a little kid and ended up with more wisdom than an old man. He is one of the greatest surfers in the history of the sport.

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CAN'T FAKE ORIGINALITY


The year was ’87. The film was Mad Wax. And the artwork by Peter Webb was too good not to revisit. Backed by the type of authenticity that only an old surf movie can provide, the new Mad Wax collection is a modernized strand of Quiksilver’s DNA - because we’re still a little mad after all these years.



In a fitting climax to the Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil sponsored Bali Big Eco Weekend, Bali legend Made Switra barreled his way to victory and celebrated his win at Single Fin as the sun set on a day of epic waves. The event brought tourists, local surf community members and legendary local and international surfers together to surf Uluwatu in order to highlight its beauty and the need to continue to improve the environmental welfare of Bali.


For his win, Switra had the honor of adding his name to the perpetual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge trophy and having it presented to him at Single Fin by none other than 4-time World Champion Mark Richards and Simon Anderson, the inventor of the thruster surfboard.


Switra shared, “I didn’t think about winning the contest today, I just wanted to enjoy good waves with good friends and have some fun. I was winning already when I paddled out but it’s great to be the chosen winner of this event and I want to say thanks to God, thanks to the Ulu boys and to all the legends that joined in as well.



For just Rp2 million ($150 USD) entry fee, the lucky 40+ surfers paddled out in perfect 4-5ft Uluwatu to compete with Quiksilver legends including Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Tom Carroll, and Simon Anderson. Joining the international legends were Bali legends that included Ketut Menda, Made Switra, Made Lana, Tipi Jabrik, Dede Suryana and Rizal Tanjung as well first time international competitors Dylan Longbottom, Ozzie Wright and professional snowboarder Matt Crepel for a total of 54 participants. This year’s Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge was run in the Eddie Aikau 6-person heat format where each surfer competes in two 30-minute heats and their two highest scores from their four best waves were then scored and totaled. Switra was the surfer with the highest two-wave score total of 17.5 (out of a possible 20 points) with a 9.0 (out of a possible 10 points) in Heat 1, and then an 8.5 in Heat 2, both being deep Racetrack barrels.


The 5th annual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge this year was a fundraiser by Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia for the Uluwatu based NGO, Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU), to raise money that will go towards new infrastructure programs at Uluwatu that will keep the world-class wave clean and pristine for generations to come. Bringing world-renowned surfing legends to Bali helps to draw attention to the challenges it faces with accelerating tourism growth.


4-time World Champion Mark Richards (AUS) didn’t get to surf in the competition this year due to a back injury, but counts this as one of the most enjoyable and important events he attends each year, saying “Bali is being loved to death by tourism, so it is under an incredible amount of environmental stress, so I think it’s important that anyone that is trying to make a difference is supported, because we need to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of this place for future generations.”


Richards added, “I know there are a lot of people that still long for the old days where there was just a couple warungs here at Uluwatu and you walked in over the fields, but unfortunately that’s not the reality of life…when you find something special, it’s impossible to just keep it for yourself, and I guess Bali is the classic case of where people from all nations come and want to enjoy this place, not just for surfing but the culture and just general tourism as well, so its vital that each of us, to whatever level we can, do our part to preserve Bali for the future.”


2-time World Champion Tom Carroll (AUS) recently underwent a complete knee replacement so was unable to surf with a conventional surfboard, but not to be denied Carroll gamely swam out on a surf mat to take on the 4-6 foot Uluwatu barrels. When asked about his adventure out in the Uluwatu lineup he replied, “Even though I couldn’t stand up on a board, I knew I had to go out and have a go! I figured it is also really good rehab for my knee by activating the muscles… I’ve been doing some training in the pool with little trainer fins but it was a different story getting flogged by those sets out there today… it was great fun!”


Regarding the event itself, Carroll said, “It is so great to see all the positive energy around this event…engaging the locals, local businesses, and the government, Coca Cola Amatil and Quiksilver have built an amazing CSR program that shows what industry can do to have a positive impact in the areas it conducts business. With the Indonesian government planning to increase tourism numbers to Bali there will be even more ecological pressure on the environment, so it’s going to be even more important to be in the forefront, keeping the flame alive and keeping up the visibility, which is the aim of the annual Bali Big Eco Weekend and Uluwatu Challenge. I can’t wait to come back next year when I’ll be back on my surfboard and getting barreled again at Uluwatu with the boys!”


Former world tour surfer, Matt Hoy, also carried an injury into the event having hurt it in the recent swell that lashed the Australian east cost, but as with Carroll, it wasn’t enough to stop him from surfing perfect Uluwatu with only a few other guys saying “As I grow older the friendships I have made through 30 years of professional surfing become the most important thing to me and to be able to share in the Bali Big Eco Weekend with Indonesian and International friends and highlight the importance of keeping our oceans clean is an event I pencil into my calendar at the beginning of each year.”


World renown as the inventor of the Thruster style surfboard (three fins), Simon Anderson thoroughly enjoyed himself, and when asked what were his highlights from the weekend he replied, “The surfing here at Uluwatu was the highlight of the weekend for me…I was hoping to get one good wave today, which I did this year, so I’m pretty stoked. I’m traveling with my wife this trip and she enjoyed the turtle release where the Bali Beach Clean Up program has now released more than 140,000 turtles back to the sea.”



Photos by Tim Hain and Josh Symon


What comes to mind when you think of Bali?For most, the answer sounds something like this: amazing waves, warm water, wild nights and an ice-cold Bintang always within an arm’s reach. It sure can feel like paradise


Each year, we host The Annual Big Bali Eco Weekend to raise awareness for the cause and celebrate the efforts of those working hard to correct the island’s environmental issues.


As part of our commitment to keeping Bali clean, we have supported the breeding of sea turtles at Kuta Beach since 2007. In that time, we have released over 140,000 sea turtles back into the ocean. The 2017 Big Bali Eco Weekend gives you a chance to get involved and bump that number up even higher. To get involved, get down to Kuta Beach on Saturday the 29th of July. The beach clean up will be at 4pm followed by the Sea Turtle release at 5pm.


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What about the part where you actually get to go surfing? Yeah, just here.



Part of the weekend includes a surf contest, which means you get to paddle out at Uluwatu...with only 4 guys out. There are 40 spots on a first-come, first served basis. Just get there early on the morning of July 30th.


This year, Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia will work closely with Uluwatu based NGO, Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU) and the local Uluwatu Boardriders to raise funds that will go towards new infrastructure at Uluwatu that will keep the world class wave clean and pristine for generations to come.


The lucky 40+ surfers will get to paddle out and compete with Quiksilver legends including Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Tom Carroll and Simon Anderson. Joining the international legends will be Bali legends that include Made Kasim, Ketut Menda, Made Switra, Made Lana, Tipi Jabrik, Dede Suryana and Rizal Tanjung for a total of 54 participants.


Need we say more? Here are some photos from last year... This could be yours for about $150 US



To register for the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge event, please send your name and contact information via email to quiksilver.challenge@quiksilver.co.id.


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See you at Racetracks!


The opening ceremony for the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is one of surfing’s grandest gatherings. The best big wave riders in the world all converge at Waimea Bay. They come with boards, they come with respect, and they take part in native ceremonies there in the sacred sand. Eventually, they paddle out and form a prayer circle in the lineup — silhouettes of superheroes shadow off into sea as the sun melts into the Pacific. It really is something.







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The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau has been put on Yellow Alert for a possible run this Thursday, February 25. For the second time in this winter's waiting period invited big wave riders and organizers will gather at Waimea Bay in the morning to see if this year’s event meets the #EddieWouldGo strict wave height criteria. The call to GO will only be made at the beach on Thursday morning at 6am (local time) for 8am start. Not before.


As noted in an earlier update a lot has changed in 7 years, so this time around we’re bringing you The Eddie Psych Spotify playlist and we’ll be snapchatting live from the water. Follow username “radicaltimes69” to get your hit of massive swell goodness.



 

EVENT HEAT DRAW:
 

Heat 1: Shane Dorian (HAW), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Greg Long (CA), Ramon Navarro (CHI), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS), Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
 

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (FL), David Wassell (HAW), Grant Baker (ZAF), Reef McIntosh (HAW), Jamie O'Brien (HAW), Aaron Gold (HAW), Tom Carroll (AUS)
 

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Mark Healey (HAW), Clyde Aikau (HAW), Nathan Fletcher (CA), Noah Johnson (HAW), Peter Mel (CA), Takayuki Wakita (JPN)
 

Heat 4: Bruce Irons (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Ian Walsh (HAW), Albee Layer (HAW), Kala Alexander (HAW), Garrett McNamara (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
 

Top 5 Alternates: Mason Ho (HAW), Danilo Couto (BRA), Mark Mathews (AUS), Koa Rothman (HAW), Ben Wilkinson (AUS)
 

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Collodion wet plate photographs from The Big Wave Riders of Hawaii Book.  

 

For those who don't know, the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event with strict wave height requirements; it will only take place when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. The event has a three-month holding period that will begin December 1, 2015, and run through February 29, 2016.

Last week the doors at Galerie Joseph in Paris’ Las Marais quarter opened to an exhibition dedicated to the 30 year anniversary of The Eddie Big Wave invitational and the most iconic figures of Hawaiian surfing.

Taken through the lens of Bernard Testemale were a collection of portraits captured using a technique developed over 150 years ago. Faces of World champions from past and present such as Kelly Slater, Tom Curren and Tom Carroll sit next to surfing legends like Titus Kinimaka, Mickey Munoz, Clyde Aikau and Mel Puu.

Present on the night paying their respects to the deep Hawaiian heritage and their shared passion for riding gigantic waves were the likes of Jeremy Flores, Koa Rothman, Freddy Patacchia, Pete Mel and Julian Wilson, along with the sports heroes Shawn Stussy and Brad Gerlach.

The exhibition will travel to New York, Tokyo and Hawaii and the book "The Big Wave Riders Of Hawaii” will be available from November 1.


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Check out the opening night shenanigans at the Quiksilver Boardriders Torquay on Friday, 18 September.

Anticipation had been mounting for months as Torquay locals watched the transformation of the old Quiksilver store morph into the new Boardriders Torquay, so on Friday night there was much to celebrate. Legends Tom Carroll, Matt Hoy and Mark Richards plus Matt Banting and local Cody Robinson joined the party along with 300 locals to get amongst the paella, beers and free barber haircuts as DJ Claire Elliott and Calling All Cars amped the crowd. Good vibes all round.

For more photos check out Boardriders Torquay Facebook page.


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The Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge wrapped up yesterday and despite the drop in swell, the finalists gave it everything they got. And so did our legends Tom Carroll and Matt Hoy alongside some of our ROXY team riders in the hour-long expression session. Tom and Matt headed towards Temples to pick off the best waves coming through and the ROXY girls made the most of uncrowded Ulus.




After the expression session finalists Australian Jared Hilla and Brazilian Jean de Silva battled it out with Jared utilising his forehand attack and scoring an 8.00 to secure the win. As the sunset Matt Hoy and Mark Richards took to the stage at Single Fin to present Jared the trophy - and then the Sunday session was taken up a notch.






If you've lived under a rock and haven't heard them, The Ramones may just be cooler than everything you've ever listen to. Quiksilver icon and 2x World Champ Tom Carroll would tell you the same thing and was rockin out with these legends back in the day.

 

"We used to froth out so hard on Joey & Johnny and their band The Ramones back in the late 70s early 80s. I also loved using a camera, lens and film whenever I had a chance, used it as much as possible on outings like these - exposure was purely guess work, so these images are classic flukes".


Photo taken by Tom

 

"This concert was winter 1979 in a small underground venue, The Checkers Club, CBD Sydney. In our state we were lucky to get in and it was jampacked with two maybe three thousand crazed rockers. I bashed my way to the side of the stage and observed the boys hammering away at their latest "Beat on the Brat" - with a baseball bat, "Blitzkrieg Bop" & "I Wanna Be Sedated" nobody stopped me shooting. Them's were some fun times!!!"

 



Make these guys your playlist for the day. Stream the rest of their tracks on Spotify, Rdio or Apple Music.
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