Shaun Thomson

Surfer Magazine ranked Shaun Tomson in the top ten of its "50 Greatest Surfers of All Time," as chosen by an elite list of voters made up of pro surfers, photographers, filmmakers, journalists, captains of the industry, and the living legends themselves.
Shaun Tomson is also a Business Finance graduate from the University of Natal in South Africa and is the founder of Solitude Sportswear, a multi-million dollar international apparel company. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Surfrider Foundation, the world's largest surfing environmental group, and the author of the best selling book Surfer's Code as well as the companion book to his documentary film Bustin' Down The Door. In addition, Shaun Tomson is currently producing a series of motivational sports films.


Shaun Tomson has spoken at schools, universities, business organizations, law firms, environmental groups, retailers, sports clubs and veterans organizations. Shaun diverges from the standard sports metaphor of personal success being solely tied to winning. Like surfing a wave, a successful and enriching ride through life is not about crossing a finishing line first; it is all about maintaining a positive, balanced attitude and extending the limits of one's own personal standards.


More About Shaun Tomson. . .
In addition to his "50 Greatest Surfers of All Time" ranking, Shaun Tomson was listed as one of the "25 Most Influential Surfers of the Century" (Surfer 1999), one of the "16 Greatest Surfers of All Time" (Surfing 2004) and the "Greatest Tube Rider of All Time" (Surfing Life 1993). Additional honors include nine appearances on the cover of Surfing and Surfer magazines, an inductee on the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997), the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1998), the South African Sports Hall of Fame (1977) and the SIMA "Environmentalist of the Year Award" (2002).


What is most important to Shaun Tomson is giving back to the community; sharing the lessons he has learned about life. "Surfing has made me a better person. It is a transformative experience and an inspiring ride through life that reveals fundamental lessons on how to stay balanced, overcome challenges and adapt to an ever-changing world." While the lessons Shaun shares are taken from the world's oceans, they translate powerfully to everyday life and extraordinary challenges. They reflect the attitude and outlook necessary to not just survive the ups and downs of life, but to master them and emerge a winner.


Shaun Tomson lives with his wife Carla in Montecito, California.

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