8: Tom Carroll Wins His First Pipe Masters Following Family Tragedy
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8: Tom Carroll Wins His First Pipe Masters Following Family Tragedy

This is a moment long before social media, when people were allowed to keep secrets. Maybe that's why it'll never happen again.

But there's something impossibly poignant about Tom Carroll's first Masters win. That he surfed the final day of the contest the day after his beloved older sister Josephine had been killed in a car crash back home.

And nobody knew, and he didn't tell a soul.

But here's what he said about it later: "The trivial things just dropped away. I was completely raw and in the moment. I did a lot of crying down the track. But the grief didn't follow me back out to Pipeline. It allowed me to know Pipeline much better. It was a surf spot bonding experience. When you're feeling every part of the wave and there's nothing between you and it."

 

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