Shaun Tomson was born in the coastal town of Durban, South Africa in 1955. "Surfing gripped me hard and fast from the start, passionately and obsessively, from the first moment I stood up on my little red board in the Indian Ocean. That feeling of excitement, of standing up high and rushing across a wave, looking out on the world, has kept me paddling back out, year after year, decade after decade. "
Shaun went on to become one of the world's greatest surfers, winning events all over the world from Hawaii to Japan, culminating in the surfing world's top honor, the World Pro Title in 1977. He competed on the pro tour for 16 years, winning 19 professional events, and at the time was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a professional event. He was a true surfing innovator, developing a revolutionary and radical new technique for riding inside the tube of waves in the dangerous surf of Hawaii.
Shaun has been married to Carla for 21 years and they currently reside in Santa Barbara, California. He is recognized as one of surfing's greatest ambassadors and is a strong proponent of environmentalism, having been chairman of the Surfrider Foundation Advisory Board for the last 8 years and recently elected to the Board of Directors. In 2003 the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association honored him as Environmentalist of the Year and in 2008 Surfrider Foundation in Hawaii presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He 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 has been inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame. He is a business finance graduate from the University of Natal, one of South Africa's best universities and is an inductee in both the South African and Jewish Sports Halls of Fame. Shaun has created two successful market leading, multi-million dollar clothing brands; Instinct in the 80's and Solitude in 1990's, which he sold in 2005 to Oxford, a publicly traded apparel manufacturer.
He is the author of the best selling surfing and inspirational book "Surfer's Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Riding through Life". He also recently released the award winning documentary film "Bustin' Down the Door" and a companion coffee table book. He is currently in demand as an inspirational speaker, is working on new book and film projects, and still travels the world in search of the perfect wave.