Shaun Tomson started, managed and sold two multi-million dollar clothing brands — Instinct in the 80s and Solitude (co-founded with his wife Carla) in the 90’s. He is the author of the best-selling books The Code and Surfer’s Code, and the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door. He is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal. He is a World Surfing Champion, an inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame, the US Surfing Hall of Fame, and has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time and one of the most influential surfers of the century by Surfer Magazine. He is a board member and ambassador for 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.
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, inspired and touched the hearts of audiences, 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.
Shaun currently lives with his wife and son in Santa Barbara, California and still finds time to chase the perfect wave.
"Thank you for your inspiring comments at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Installation Ceremony. You have set such an incredible example for pulling faith, hope and love from such a terrible personal tragedy. Thank you for sharing your positive vision with us."- Third District Supervisor, County of Santa Barbara
"I found Shaun's explanation of his 'Surfer's Code' imparted lessons that applied to life far beyond the sport. Shaun Tomson is an eloquent, thought-provoking, and entertaining speaker, and our office greatly enjoyed his talk."- Google
"Everyone is SO inspired and thankful!!! We love your book and you! Thank you!"- Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Patagonia Sportswear
"Shaun opened our conference and was one of the stars of our elite line-up - his unique viewpoint on life, success and leadership wowed the capacity crowd and his engaging and warm approach left our attendees wanting more. I would strongly recommend him as an inspirational speaker"- CEO, Discovery Invest Summit