Who'd have thunk it.

The wonderful smiling superman who snapped under the lip at Pipe, who rides waves oversize with the purest blend of power and low COG class, the Dad, the joker, TC – he was a meth addict for years.

So he says in this incredible Australian 60 Minutes show aired yesterday. Helped by his older brother, Nick, Tom beat the beast of addiction but only after many years of desperation and a formerly hidden family secret that helped him click get a handle on what was truly happening.

All this is covered in more depth in a book, "TC", co-written by Nick Carroll, due out November 1st.