Earlier this week, Michael Tomson was arrested for suspicion of dealing drugs. According to the Laguna Beach Indy, officers discovered 52 grams of cocaine during a routine probation check. The drugs were worth around $2000. They also found a scale and baggies used to package the drug.
Back in the seventies and eighties, Tomson was one of the world’s best surfers. He was a staple in the pro circuit’s early years, leading the charge in the mid-seventies at Pipeline. The regular-footer was one of the first to prove that it was possible to surf Pipe at the same level as goofy-footers.
Then, in 1978, he moved from South Africa to Laguna Beach, where he co-founded Gotcha out of a garage. The surf wear company quickly became one of the top selling brands of the time, eventually selling $65 million worth of product in 1987.
Somewhere around 2010, Tomson began having more run-ins with police. In 2013, after getting in a car accident in the early morning hours in Laguna, he was arrested and charged with two felony DUIs and suspicion of cocaine possession. His charges carry a bail amount of $25,000.