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.
Thoughtful commentary that applies to life whether or not they surfPublished 22 days ago by Judy Strauss
I have really liked this book. It is uplifting a positive even though some parts are sad. I appreciate Thomson's point of view.Published 1 month ago by Sara
As a surfer and psychologist I got Shaun's book with great anticipation. Having met the man I can assure any reader that Shaun has not only written about what he has learnt as a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gunter Swoboda
Not nearly as good as Morning Glass by Mike Doyle if you really want to know about the surfer's who made California popular.Published 3 months ago by bud Inzer
Very insightful and interesting look at the world and how it relates to surfing. Easy to read and he uses stories wellPublished 4 months ago by Brenton Ford
Love how this book makes you think about what the bigger picture is using surfing as it's tool. Really helps you come to grips with what is more important.Published 4 months ago by J. Hollinger
A great read that I couldn't put down. An interesting read that had me glued to every page. As a surfer, plenty that I can relate toPublished 5 months ago by Skilly
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joan from Sweden
This is a straight from the heart story that opens your heart and your mind and reveals some of why it is that surfing is such a magical and mystical experience. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ReadyEntrepreneur