Surfing legend Tom Carroll appeared on Australia’s 60 Minutes Sunday night to talk about a serious issue he’s faced for some time. The issue has nothing to do with surfing big waves–something he continues to do to this day–but rather, he opened up about a former addiction to methamphetamines.
A two-time (consecutive) world champion, an accomplished big wave surfer and co-star of the TV show “Storm Surfers” with Ross Clarke-Jones and widely considered one of the best surfers ever, Tom’s spot on 60 Minutes shows drug addiction isn’t a selective illness. Anyone, anywhere, can be afflicted no matter who they are or what they do. Carroll is living proof of that.
Referring to himself as, “a desperate addict,” Carroll checked himself into rehab when, after six months, he faced a life-changing crossroads. At a run-in with his former drug dealer, Tom and the dealer traded numbers. He later deleted it in a decision that he said saved his life and prevented a relapse.