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World champion surfer, author and inspirational speaker.


Shaun Tomson as 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 was a professional surfer or 14 years, winning the IPS World Pro Championship in 1977 while developing a revolutionary technique for riding inside the tube, the most challenging part of the wave. During his career he was both t e youngest and oldest surfer to win a pro even and he is considered to be. o e of he architects of professional surfing.

Tomson founded, managed and sold two multi-million clothng brands - Instinct in the 80's and Solitude in the 90's. He is the author of the best-selling book Surfer's Code, and the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin' Down the Door.

He is a Business Finance and Administration graduate from the University of Natal. He is an inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame and the US Surfing Hall of Fame.

He is a board member and ambassador or Surfrider Foundation, the world's largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves and beaches and he received the SIMA Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2002. He is an inspirational speaker and business consul ant for some of the world's largest companies and Is currently working on new media and apparel projects. He lives with his wife and son in Santa Barbara, California and still finds time to chase the perfect wave.

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A Simple Code of Commitment for Success in Life and Business

Shaun talks about the influence of positive values on success in life and business based on his own experiences of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, in and out of the surf. An attitude of Commitment and Positivity is the basis for his unique empowering business philosophy based on his Surfer's Code - 12 Simple Lessons for Riding through Life. He has spoken internationally and inspired and touched the hearts of audiences as large as 3,000 people, has shared the stage with well-known personalities including Sir Richard Branson and Malcolm Gladwell, and inspired corporations like General Motors, Cisco, Price Waterhouse, Toys R Us, Sasol, Disney, Google, Primedia, MTN and Adcock Ingram.
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