Tom Carroll was born in the Sydney suburb of Newport, Australia, where he still lives today. At the age of eight, he first stood on a tiny Coolite. Under the influence of Narrabeen’s Col Smith, the diminutive goofyfoot tore through the amateur field. Twice champion of New South Wales (Schoolboys in 1974 and Juniors in 1977) and twice winner of the prestigious Pro Junior (1977 and 1980), he joined the IPS World Tour in 1979. From the outset, three factors told the Carroll story: conditioning, versatility and injuries.