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Tomson, Michael


Forceful, articulate, self-destructive pro surfer and surfwear entrepreneur, originally from Durban, South Africa; world-ranked #5 in 1976; a cofounder of Gotcha. Tomson was born (1954) and raised in Durban, and began surfing at age 10, along with his younger cousin and future world champion Shaun Tomson. Both of the teenaged Tomsons competed in the 1970 World Surfing Championships in Australia, with Shaun advancing to the semifinals.

Michael remained in Shaun's shadow throughout his pro sur...