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Surfer's Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life Paperback – May 1, 2011

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Shaun Tomson provides life lessons to employ on a good break or in business. Tomson's advice was culled from the collective wisdom of the surf community. -- Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA), March 4, 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shaun Tomson was at the pinnacle of his professional and personal life―a former world champion surfer, a successful entrepreneur of multimillion dollar clothing brands and an inspirational speaker―when his fifteen-year-old son, Mathew, died in a tragic accident. Drawing on the strength of lessons learned from his childhood in apartheid South Africa to competition in the world’s most dangerous waves, Tomson provides an inspirational account of facing life’s hardest challenges by looking toward the light that shines ahead. Tomson tells a story of terrible loss and miraculous rebirth. Surfer’s Code reveals that the lessons of a life spent surfing are the lessons of surfing through life: every moment holds the possibility of failure and tragedy, every moment the promise of success and happiness.

SHAUN TOMSON was born in Durban and went on to become one of the world’s best surfers. He competed on the Pro Tour for 16 years, winning 19 professional events including the World Title. During his competitive career he was at different stages both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a professional event. Tomson was listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century (Surfer 1999) and one of the 16 greatest surfers of all time (Surfing 2004). He is a business finance graduate from the University of Natal, and has created two successful multimillion-dollar clothing brands: Instinct in the ’80s and Solitude in the ’90s.

PATRICK MOSER has written articles for The Surfer’s Journal and Surfer. He edited Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing and is currently Associate Professor of French at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches a course on the history and culture of surfing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Revised edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423622278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423622277
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was deeply impressed with Shaun Tomson's new book. It is very easy to read and understand, but it is at the same time deeply moving and filled with pregnant philosophical observations about life..... that transcend the sport of surfing, even if the rules arise directly from the ocean and surfing. Of all the surfing books currently on the market trying to give advice or present some kind of inner wisdom, Shaun Tomson's wonderful text is by far the best of the lot. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to ALL READERS, even if you don't surf or even live near the ocean.
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I read and reread this book over the past 3 weeks. It is a must for all surfers. We can all learn from it whether we are mellow old school grey haired longboarders, young charging rippers, or the parents of kids just learning to surf. Shaun could teach us all about surfing technique, but instead, he has written about the dangers of focussing on the destructive element that has crept into the surfing culture. He speaks about a more spiritual positive conciousness that we surfers need to develop, and take into our everyday lives. I loved this book. I love the way it was written. It's easy to follow, the photos are great and the gentle sincerity of the author makes it a really special book.
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This was one of those books that are impossible to put down until you have reached the unexpected emotional end. I found Shaun's elite level surf descriptions immensely enjoyable. I don't surf, but my beloved husband lives the surfer's code, (both in and out of the water), and now I share an inner understanding.

You don't need to be a surfer to enjoy "Surfer's Code". Shaun's 12 lessons don't only apply in the ocean, they can and should be used in all our lives. The world would be a much nicer place! Thanks Shaun. x Cinnamon Stephens
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I certainly enjoyed the philosophy and thought provoking points Shaun made throughout his book, Surfer's Code. I only wish all surfers were able read it, especially the young ones that just don't know anything of the history of surfing, its etiquette, and the principles of right of way on the wave. Having surfed since 1956 @ the age of 14, I have litterly grown in the sport and am still very actively surfing today, and I was still able to enjoy and learn from the many of the excellent points Shaun made.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Once in a while a book comes along that imparts profound wisdom through efficient simplicity. The Surfers Code is such a book. Taking his vast experience in professional surfing, Shaun Thomson parlays tales of incredible excitement and diversity into 12 pearls of wisdom everyone, surfer and non surfer alike, should take heed of on their journey through this life. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish, it's a quick read but one that should be re-read regularly.
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I don't often read through surfing related books, although I buy them if written by guys like this whom I watched as a kid from a great distance. They typically sit on my coffee table and serve as boredom busters during commercial breaks. But this book was different, fun, and easy to read. Some good life lesson insights from a guy who admits he is nobody's guru. He admits most of his mistakes and passes on some sage advice for young Groms who are just trying to figure it all out. My favorite rant he gave was in the chapter "I will paddle back out". Very good and inspiring. Good job Shaun.
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i read this book some time ago. I am a South African living abroad so was out of touch with the surfing world (no such thing in Sweden). My sister advised me to read this book. I found it very interesting especially hearing about Shaun's career and the way he handled the tragic loss of his son. My heart went out to him and his family. His surfing obviously brought him close to nature and this helped him cope with and come to terms with his loss. I have watched many surfers over the years and always envied their obsession with the sport. I have had a few tries myself but it is NOT as easy as it looks!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The author uses his own experiences and stories to illustrate each of the 12 codes that he references. The book was well written and fun to read. He kept me very interested throughout the entire book.

I surf, and I found that the author was able to use his words to paint a very clear picture with his own stories and experiences.

I would recommend this book even if you're not into surfing. It could be called a "Code of Life".
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