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TC by [Carroll, Nick, Carroll, Tom]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6550 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9312124c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93108138) out of 5 stars Honest and Powerful 30 Oct. 2013
By Matt Warshaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll was not only the best surfer in waves of consequence, he was the guy every surfer wanted to be friends with: funny, matey, solid. The Australian PM spoke at Tom's pro surfing retirement dinner in 1993. At which point the Champ glided into a new life with his beautiful wife and daughters, some money in the bank, still surfing up a storm, the perfect post-competitive career. Except he was a long-time habitual drug user, and would eventually ramp things up to full-blown meth addiction. Nick Carroll, Tom's older brother, long regarded as the best surf writer in the business, while covering for Tom over the years, was himself in the dark about the extent of the problem. In TC, Tom and Nick together, with total candor, and a leavening dose of humor, tell the whole story: all the incredible triumph and tragedy and anger and redemption. Surfing threads the book together. But really it's about family, and self-knowledge, and learning to live a balanced life. Always gripping. Never preachy. A great book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x931081e0) out of 5 stars Right up my alley 3 Jan. 2014
By Helleren G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tom Carroll was a huge name where I was from in SoCal. I loved how honest the book was, exposing the best and the worst sides of this pioneer in making surfing what it is today.

Even if you didn't grow up on a beach, it's an interesting story of the pitfalls of becoming a superstar very young. Before this, all I knew about him was that he seemed to have it made.

Very authentic too...
HASH(0x9384e1bc) out of 5 stars at times like watching a car wreck in slow-mo 8 May 2016
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book.
Everyone by now knows that 2x surfing world champ shocked the surfing world by admitting that he had become a drug addict and had been using various drugs for a long time.
It's a book of two halves; the first focusing on his surfing career, the second focusing on his drug addiction. It's written in an unusual style as it alternates between the first and third person. In the third person it's written by his brother, Nick. This gets a little bit confusing at times, especially when Nick is talking about himself; sometimes it took me a little while to work out who it was talking about. Thankfully the publishers use a different font to alternate between the narrators so that helps.
The surfing part is an enjoyable read. Focussed more on his Newport days than the pro tour, so there are only snippets of that side of thing, usually addressed by Nick at the start of each chapter in terms of results for the year. I would have enjoyed a bit more information about the various surfers he competed against and the ins and outs of 80s competitive surfing. This was very similar to the book about Gary Elkerton ('Kong'). There surely must be a great book out there waiting to be written describing the surfing pro tour era before Kelly Slater came along. I suspect it's probably taboo because basically every pro (it seems) was on coke at the time. It's certainly alluded to, though maybe the Christian pro surfers did not?
The second half of the book describes Tom's fairly rapid descent into drug addiction, starting with cocaine and ending with Ice and Tom in a very bad way. It's actually quite harrowing reading. It made me cringe to read every step that took him deeper and deeper into addiction. It's not really a surf book by this stage.
The book made me look a bit into my own personal life. I don't use drugs but at times we all lie to ourselves and hide things from others. I drew some uncomfortable parallels about dishonesty as well as self centeredness.
There were some things missing, for example they say that no-one in the surfing media ever reported about drug use in general and Tom Carroll in particular. This is not quite true. There were various stories in the 80s alluding to Mark Occhilupo being on coke, and there was even a letter to the editor in Surfer magazine accusing Carroll of ingesting 'a sugary brown substance' at the pipe masters (if I remember the wording correctly). To which the editor more or less said 'unless you have evidence, we don't believe you'. Of course years later Andy Irons really did overdose and die.
It's not a judgemental book and nor is it a self-help book.
It proved (once again) that famous people have all the weaknesses that we all have.
It is an enjoyable book and one that I will probably read again. Usually I don't go for the whole sportsman biography type book but as a surfer who grew up with posters of Tom Carroll on my wall, I really enjoyed it.
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HASH(0x9a4c7414) out of 5 stars Interesting story about an interesting life 1 May 2014
By Stuart MacLeod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good book - as a surfer I would have liked to hear more about specific heats and contests and wave conditions but the book is great as there is so much to cover.
HASH(0x9395cc30) out of 5 stars Its not about the Board 16 Sept. 2015
By Paul Gale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a Tom Carroll fan with out a doubt, having grown up with posters of Tom on my wall, an avid reader of Tracks and having grown up surfing in the Sydney Northern Beaches had a feel for the territory, breaks and characters. I appreciate Tom's recovery from drugs and felt this was an important part of recovery and it was good to see he has strong support. What I didn't like was the writing style, some from Tom, some from Nick, different perspectives. this to me made the book lack continuity and added confusion, to the point where it felt like I was just reading snippets of information of short answers to a question we didn't know was asked. It did however give a bit of an insight to Tom as a person and his inner machinations.
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