Shaun Tomson | Champion Surfer, Environmentalist, Actor, and Motivational Speaker

Shaun Tomson

Champion Surfer, Environmentalist, Actor, and Motivational Speaker

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Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson is a professional speaker, creative thinker, and best selling author. He is an environmentalist, businessman, successful entrepreneur and World Surfing Champion. He has delivered powerful presentations, inspiring and motivating audiences worldwide. His eloquent, thought-provoking, warmhearted and entertaining style captivates the listener and leaves them with a renewed energy and positive attitude. Shaun has spoken at business corporations, law firms, insurance companies, schools, universities, MBA programs, environmental groups, retailers, sports clubs and other organizations. He believes success and personal fulfillment is related to maintaining a positive life attitude and shares his experiences in a variety of presentations targeting specific client demands.

He is a business finance graduate from the University of Natal in South Africa and is the founder of Instinct and Solitude, multi-million dollar international apparel ventures. He has worked in executive positions for some of the foremost companies in the active lifestyle business including Patagonia and O'Neill.

A native of South Africa and an American citizen, he spent sixteen years on the Professional Surfing Tour, winning competitions all over the world. He has been listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time.

He is the producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin' Down the Door, the author of the best selling book Surfer's Code and the creator of the children's iPhone/iPad application Surf Creatures. He is a board member and ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation, the world's largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves, and beaches. He lives with his wife Carla and son Luke in Montecito, California.

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The Secrets of the Surfer’s Code
12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life.

Catch a wave with me and learn about 12 simple lessons that will change your thinking and teach you how to successfully ride through life. My hour-long multi-media presentation can be tailored to a specific event or audience while always remaining true to its core goals: personal transformation through a renewed positive attitude and an enlightened awareness of our place in the world.

Customized Surf Sessions

Nothing brings home the inspiration and wisdom of the Surfer's Code more than a paddle out or an afternoon "expression session". Imagine hitting the links with Tiger Woods or having Michael Jordan as your hoops coach, and you'll know what we mean: It doesn't get any better than this. Should your conference or corporate retreat occur in a coastal location, Shaun would be happy to "share the stoke" of an exclusive surf session or private instruction to complement his presentation. Contact your BigSpeak representative for details.

The Surfers Code

Shaun Tomson has given lectures on his Surfer's Code, and has passed out small plastic cards with this code printed on one side and an endorsement for his clothing line on the other.

The code is as follows:

I will never turn my back on the ocean

I will always paddle back out

I will take the drop with commitment

I will know that there will always be another wave

I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean

I will paddle around the impact zone

I will never fight a rip tide

I will watch out for other surfers after a big set

I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer

I will ride, and not paddle in to shore

I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind

I will honor the sport of kings

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