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"Shaun Tomson has written an important and engaging book filled with wisdom and practical advice about personal growth and overcoming the inevitable challenges adolescents and young adults everywhere face. All adolescents, all parents, and better still all adolescents and their parents together would do well to read and ponder the inspiration and lessons contained in these pages."

(MD Michael Weitzman, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine 2013-04-23)

"Shaun has simplified some very important concepts that are relevant to each and every one of our kids. He relates these concepts in stories to his work as a surfing professional, encouraging our youth to where they are motivated to act in a positive manner. 'I will' is a resounding mantra for youth of today. This is a great piece of literature that I humbly suggest is read by our children and their parents. Together they can and will change the world." (David Edelman, MA, MBA, MFCC, President, Board of Directors Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club 2013-04-23)

"Shaun's candidly unique insights into his ride provide hope and promise to new generations in following their dreams on their own personal wave."

(Diana Starr Diana Starr Langley, Chair, Board of Directors United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County 2013-04-23)

"Shaun's latest book will help youth all over the world understand how important it is to be yourself, make decisions that will lead you to success, and that life's obstacle can be overcome with commitment, perseverance, friendship and mentors. We will certainly use this book in our daily programming at the club."

(Bill Locker, CEO/President Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo 2013-04-23)

"Often, the story of a champion in sport is characterized by determination, focus, commitment and dedication and that is indeed true with Shaun. However, Shaun's insights are much more powerful and inspiring because they transcend competition and apply to all of our lives. Through the power of 'I will' comes the call to live a connected, purposeful and principled life."

(Jim Weber, CEO Brooks Running 2013-04-23)

"The Code is a guide for self-empowering decision making and provides the tools to effect positive change. It draws on Shaun's life experiences as both a world champion surfer and a father, giving insight and inspiration to young minds."

(Pat O'Neill, President and CEO O'Neill Wetsuits 2013-04-23)

"The world today is very much like a wave: it's shifting and changing virtually every second. Like surfers, we are defined by the decisions we make in this dynamic environment. Shaun draws on a life of learning, both on waves and off, and offers some sage advice for drawing the best line through life. I love this book."

(Jim Moriarty, CEO Surfrider Foundation 2013-04-23)

"Shaun Tomson will always be a surfing legend, but if history is just he'll be equally revered for his work out of the water. The Code cements his status as one of surfing's great thinkers and its lessons carry weight and value for everyone."

(Brendon Thomas, Editor Surfer Magazine 2013-04-23)

"Although The Code sells itself as a self-help book for teens, it is a much richer mix than that. It's part memoir, part surf rap, part homage. Above all, it's a gut-punching journey of emotional resurrection. Shaun Tomson confronts the darkest kind of tragedy-the death of his own son-with grace, intelligence, and a historic kind of hopefulness. The lessons herein penetrate in unexpected ways."

(Steve Hawk, Former Editor Surfer Magazine 2013-04-23)

"Shaun Tomson is a surfing hero, and he continues to inspire with words of wisdom and empowerment for future generations. He speaks from experience and has great advice about overcoming adversity and making good choices in your formative years."

(Tony Hawk, Skateboard Icon and World Champion 2013-04-23)

"Live The Code."

(Shaun White, Snowboard Olympic Gold Medalist 2013-04-23)

From the Back Cover

Sometimes all you need to turn hope into action is to write your promises down and say them out loud--to make a promise to no one but yourself. This book is about many things--faith, courage, creativity, determination--but above all it's about the promises we make to ourselves about the future. These stories will inspire you to believe in yourself and to believe in the power that each and every one of us has to shape our lives through the power of "I Will."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423634292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423634294
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Code-- by Shaun Tomson and Patrick Moser

Author and psychiatrist M. Scott Peck once wrote..."life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it." This little book by surfing legend Shaun Tomson organizes an ethos for living a life of full spiritual citizenship through all of what life can require of us.

The tight, clean and illustrated hardbound volume is a compilation of riveting short stories each linking to one of Tomson's core values. The brief stories and values lead the reader through his life, including his rise to world champion, and his success and setbacks in the boardroom. His journey spans from teenage temptations to life threatening wipeouts in super-sized surf, and from rewarding victories to unimaginable personal loss.

Organized around a sort of kit to build one's own code, he provides any reader with the tools. While this is a GREAT book for any age, parents, teens and young adults could find value in its wisdom about many aspects of life, including; being true to ourselves, fear, perseverance, praying, imagining, creating and "making a difference". At 133 pages, this work is brief and very powerful.

Tomson says..."This book is about many things--faith, courage, creativity, determination--but above all it's about the promises we make about the future." I bought one of his books, devoured it, and now I need 5 more for gifts!

Christopher J. Evans
Former Executive Director
The Surfrider Foudation
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He was born Shaun Tomson in Durban, South Africa. As a Jewish athlete, he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He learned to surf in the beachbreaks in and around Durban under the watchful eye of his father Ernie, and alongside older cousin Michael Tomson and brother Paul Tomson.

Shaun attended school in Durban - Clifton Preparatory, Carmel College and the University of Natal where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Business Finance. Shaun went on to dominate amateur surfing competition in South Africa and began venturing over to Hawaii in the late 60's, courtesy of a barmitzvah present from his father. It was on one of these trips that an awestruck 14 year old Tomson eyewitnessed the so-called "Biggest Wave Ever Ridden" by Californian Greg Noll at Makaha in 1969. Hawaii's surf proved to be a daunting challenge for Shaun, but he continued to mature and train in South Africa's hollow waves, such as Cave Rock, the Bay Of Plenty, and Jeffrey's Bay.

Shaun Tomson has been listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time. During his career he was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a pro event and is considered to be one of the architects of professional surfing.

Surfing and the Free Ride generation

In 1975, Shaun was an integral part of the "Free Ride" generation. Along with Australians Rabbit Bartholomew, Mark Richards, Ian Cairns, Peter Townend and Mark Warren, they rode the infamous waves along Oahu's legendary North Shore with a style, aggression, and raw courage unseen prior to their arrival.
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World Champion surfer Shaun Tomson (Surfer's Code - 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life) brings us his latest guidebook to life. This time his writing is based on the many talks he has personally given to schools. In the mid-70s, Tomson had the movie star looks and the talent to dominate the surf contests and magazines, and his company Instinct, was a lucrative business in the early 80s. But his life has not always been so easy.

He reveals to us his grit and determination to become a professional surfer, his lack of self esteem when 9/11 affected his business, and the grief he felt following the loss of his teenage son. It is these many personal experiences, that draw us in and give real weight to his lessons. Chapters include the following titles: "I will be myself," "I will dream," "I will face my fears," and more. This book is wonderfully written and illustrated with color photographs. Ideal for teenagers and a great read for adults, too. Highly recommended.
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This was featured in our local Santa Barbara newspaper. I bought 3, one for myself, one for my former surfer son who was a classmate of the Headmaster of Anacapa School who was one inspiration for the book, one for my 12 year old granddaughter. I love the simple yet powerful and positive affirmations.
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I bought this book for my 17 year old son, but wanted to read it first to see what Shaun had to say.
I've been surfing for 43 years. Back in the 70's Shaun Thompson was a surfer I always looked up to because of his eloquent speech and clean lifestyle in a potentially druggy and profane surfing culture.
.I found his stories very illuminating of those years, and his life story very sobering. His honesty about his own ups and downs are liberating and insightful.
I think this book has valuable life lessons for any young person. It is a very helpful guide to navigating life's trial and tribulation.
Bravo Shaun Thompson and "The Code"!
Steven Levy
Surfer
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