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Tom Carroll - Riding The Waves

Ep. 12

Tom Carroll is a true legend, an era-defining figure for the sport of surfing - two times world champion, dominating Hawaiian monster wave Pipeline, and surfing’s first millionaire. This diminutive and dreamy kid from Sydney’s Northern Beaches grew up to redefine professional surfing, paving the way for its transformation into the billion-dollar industry it is today.

Proving it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog, Tom is the perfect example of how mindset is everything in life - chasing highs from surfing to substance abuse, overcoming injury and chronic pain - this soulful, thoughtful and generous man is now finding the ultimate body/mind connection through meditation, and sharing this gift with others.

Having practised meditation for decades, Tom now teaches what he considers "the Rolls Royce of practice" Sattva Meditation, from his hometown in Australia to people all over the world, including holding free morning sessions via Instagram Live. He's hosting a retreat this February on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where you can Journey with Tom Carroll into meditation, surfing, yoga and ocean connection. Find out more at

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