Tom Carroll and Bob McKnight speak at an event at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point Tuesday. Photo: Tracey Engelking.
Tom Carroll and Bob McKnight speak at an event at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point Tuesday. Photo: Tracey Engelking.

Dana Point Times

Professional Australian surfer Tom Carroll was the guest speaker at the Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point Tuesday, answering questions and sharing stories about his long and illustrious career.

“The turnout was unbelievable,” Tracey Engelking of Hobie Surf Shop said. “And the best thing was that the crowd (of about 200) was full of locals. The community support was tremendous.”

Engelking said Carroll was very open about his experiences, such as his famous turn at Pipe in ’91 dubbed “the snap heard ‘round the world,” being a two-time world champion and most recently, chasing the planet’s biggest waves.

“He was so honest and so approachable and every question he was asked garnered a true and complete answer,” she said. “It was so refreshing to see a surfer be so open and so honest on all subjects. And his stories were hilarious. It was a great night.”

The talk was moderated by Quiksilver co-founder Bob McKnight. The evening also included a free barbecue, live music, raffles, giveaways and an exhibit of some of Quiksilver’s “Modern Originals” boardshorts from eras past.

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