Tom Carroll, Pipeline, 1990. Photo: Adriano Sodre
Tom (right) and Nick Carroll, 1990. Photo: Jeff Divine
Tom Carroll, 1987
Tom Carroll, 1979. Photo: Hugh McLeod
Carroll (left) and Curren, Bells, 1986
The Marui Pro world tour contest, held at Chiba, Japan, was the least-popular event among IPS pros. It was a long flight for most surfers to get there, the language barrier was high, the surf was often flat, and the English-language surf mags usually didn't bother to send a reporter. Yet the 1982 Marui Pro proved to be the bellwether event of the year. The surf, for once, was good—overhead and of...