Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson

World Champion Surfer, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker on Empowerment, Peak Performance and Positive Values

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Speaking Topics

  • Inspiration
  • Empowerment
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motivation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Environmental Issues

Travels From

  • CA

Speaker's Fee Range

    $10,001 - $20,000

Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
A speaker on self-empowerment, positive values and peak performance, Shaun Tomson is sought after by Fortune 500 companies, schools and universities and talks about the influence of a positive attitude on success in life and business based on his own experiences of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges on land and in the world's most dangerous waves as a world-champion professional surfer. An attitude of Commitment and Positivity is the basis for his unique holistic business philosophy based on his #1 Amazon best-seller The Code - The Power of "I Will."

While I am not a surfer, 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, Santa Monica

He is also 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.

Shaun 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, The Gap, Toys R Us, Disney, Patagonia and Google.

Shaun Tomson is a true entrepreneur, having founded, managed and sold two $50-$100 million clothing brands – Instinct in the 80's and Solitude in the 90's - and has held executive positions with lifestyle brands Patagonia and O'Neill.

A World Surfing Champion, inductee into the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the US Surfing Hall of Fame, Shaun Tomson has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time (Surfing Magazine 2004) and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine 1999). He is a board member and ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.

More About Speaker, Shaun Tomson. . .
Shaun Tomson is on a mission to help young people and is spear-heading an effort to bring attention and action to the epidemic of poor decision-making that is killing one million Americans every year. He is a board member at Boys and Girls Club in Santa Barbara and his work  at schools and universities is designed to empower young people to make positive choices. His simple 30 minute exercise, "The Power Code," is a set of 12 personal promises a young adult can make that can assist in positive decision making - an unbreakable bond between the present and future that is powered by hope and core values.

In keeping with his commitment to environmentalism and sustainability, Shaun is a board member of Surfrider Foundation, the world's largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world's waves, oceans and beaches.
Shaun understands the intimate connection between fiscal and social responsibility.

"Doing good is good for business" is a mantra Shaun developed while working at progressive apparel company Patagonia and his own company Solitude. Shaun realized that environmentalism and sustainability are not only socially responsible but also fiscally responsible. Top line revenue can be increased by creatively engaging with the customer and adding value through promoting a positive mission or moral imperative.

A Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal, Shaun Tomson lives with his wife and son in California.

Suggested Keynote Programs
  • Catch the Next Wave: Six Lessons Surfing Can Teach About Business, Life and Leadership
  • Riding a Wave of Change: How to Deal with Risk and Uncertainty While Maintaining a Vision for the Future
  • Catching the Wave at its Peak: The Peak Performance CODE for Leaders
  • Catching the Best Wave": The Surfer's Code for Business Success - The Power of "I Will
  • Catch the Next Wave: Doing Good is Good for Business
  • Ride the Wave of Entrepreneurship: Commit to Your Dream
  • Catching the Right Wave: The Power of "I Will"
  • Bustin' Down the Door: Disrupting a Universe
  • The Light Shines Ahead: How to Overcome Adversity and Maintain Hope for the Future
  • The Power Code for Young Adults: The Power of "I Will"
What People Are Saying

"I had the privilege to hear a unique speaker, Shaun Tomson.  Mr. Tomson was the Keynote speaker for our conference, Meeting of the Minds.  This conference was attended by 420 individuals form all areas of life, professionals, public servants, and consumers.  In reviewing the evaluations of all presentations, Mr. Tomson's discussion was the highest rated, very informative, and most enjoyed. I have had participants state, they would like Mr. Tomson to return, so his message can be heard by many more individuals.  We loved it!"

Daphyne Watson, MSW, Executive Director, Mental Health America San Diego

"Shaun is an amazing person and he brings a unique combination of energy, passion and spiritual awareness that will leave a lasting impression on your organization.  His message is perfect for anyone seeking inner peace while maximizing their God-given potential." 

Victor Coleman, Chairman & CEO, Hudson Pacific Properties   

"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the inspirational speech you gave at our retreat in Palos Verdes at the Terranea Resort. Everyone who attended was absolutely captivated and enthralled by the presentation. The points you emphasized resonated and gave us all a lot to ponder. You have a great presence and speaking style. We also really appreciate how you tailored your remarks to our firm's particular goals for the program. I will certainly recommend you to my friends and colleagues who run companies and are in need of an inspirational speaker."

Todd C. Theodora, Theodora Oringher, Counselors at Law

"Shaun's presentation was extremely well received by our group. The intermingling of Shaun's surfing and clothing career with his commitment to 12 simple values starting each goal with "I will" resonated well with our clients.  
I highly recommend Shaun's presentation for any business looking for an inspirational speaker."   

Tim Brown, CEO, Vow Financial Group, Sydney, Australia

"Shaun Tomson translates his triumphs & challenges as a surfer to real life situations to inspire his audience to never give up. He delivers with magical simplicity, charm and humor & kept us hanging on to his every word with the hope that he wouldn't stop."

- Savi Bhim, Programs Chair, Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise

"Shaun's breadth and depth of experience, outside the box thinking, international perspective and common touch provided our group with the creative motivation to stretch further than we thought possible.  We came back from our session with Shaun energized and excited about our prospects and opportunities to move our products and our company to the next level and beyond.  Definitely a different take on the usual management training or motivational speaker, Shaun is truly capable of connecting on a number of levels.  Our team was WOWed by the opportunity to visit and learn from this wonderful ambassador of possibility."

- John Glanville, General Manager, Benchmark Maps

“Shaun is an amazing keynote speaker!! His energy, passion and ability to relate surfing to the business arena is truly impressive and very motivating. Everyone at my company is stoked and READY TO PADDLE OUT!! Thank you for sprinkling your magic on all of us.”

---Roni Deutch, Owner and Founder, Roni Deutch Tax Center

"Shaun was fantastic! The group loved both the content and the delivery of his presentation. It was a nice break in our meeting to reflect on ‘how' we do things in life. The fact that it all linked to our surf theme made it perfect."

---Marc Low, Disney International Apparel

"Incredibly impactful! My mind initially dismissed the idea of a surfer theme. I was humbled by my arrogance and inspired by the heartfelt message. The ethics and heart of the sport is transformational. This was a gift in an unexpected and profound package."

---Joyce Swaving, Inside Edge

"Everyone is SO inspired and thankful!!! We love your book and you! Thank you!"

--- Malinda Chouinard co-owner and co-founder, Patagonia Sportswear

"You probably managed to to infer from the raucous applause after your talk, that it was well received. You have a real gift for public speaking and definitely accomplished your goal of sharing the stoke and honoring the sport."

--- Professor Stuart Sweeney, University of California, Santa Barbara

"I've been waiting for someone to do this...bring out the spiritual and wisdom edge of surfing in a very accessible format...for a long long time. Shaun is the right man at the right time and has done a beautiful job. The master of the waves is also a poet of the heart. Biography, sports-mastery, the gifts and problems of modern culture, Shaun's presentation touches all these bases and resonates with anyone's personal quests for joy, depth, and meaning.
Our audience was filled with people who had never surfed and they joined in a rousing standing ovation, not missing a beat. For sons, families, fathers and learners of all ages."

--- Brook Cross, Program Director, Inside Edge

"Shaun's keynote speech at the annual SIMA Summit in Cabo San Lucas was both inspirational and motivating. His ability to connect with the audience reflects his 'authenticity' factor and appeal beyond the world of surfing. The combination of the message and the articulate execution make him a compelling speaker in any venue"

--- Dick Baker, President SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association)