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Shaun Tomson

Former World Surfing Champion, Author, and Entrepreneur

Shaun Tomson is a former World Surfing Champion, best selling author, inspirational speaker, environmentalist and successful entrepreneur.  A native of South Africa, he spent fourteen years on the Professional Tour, winning 19 major surfing competitions all over the world. He graduated from Carmel College in Durban, is a business finance graduate from the University of Natal in South Africa, has a Master’s of Science in Leadership, and is the founder of Instinct and Solitude Sportswear, multi-million-dollar international apparel ventures.  He is a former board member of Surfrider Foundation and Boys and Girls Club. He is the producer of the hit film Bustin' Down the Door and the author of the best selling books Surfer’s Code and The Code. He lives with his wife Carla and son Luke in Montecito, California.

Shaun was most recently 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), the SIMA Environmentalist of the Year Award (2002) and the Surfrider Lifetime Achievement Award (2009).