We were fortunate enough to be in attendance for Shaun Tomson’s inspirational talk, ‘The Light Shines Ahead‘, at Huck magazine’s 71a Gallery in London recently. Shaun Tomson is an ex-world champion surfer from South Africa. Shaun is one of the most famous surfers in the sports’ history, being one of the breakthrough new breed of competitive surfers to travel to Hawaii in the 70s and change the sport forever! The film documentary Bustin’ Down the Door, produced by (and starring) Shaun, explores these surfers’ incredible stories.
Needless to say Shaun has an amazing story to tell. And he’s such a pleasantly humble and funny guy too. So his talks are definitely worth going to, if you get the chance. In this talk at 71a, Shaun recounts his memories growing up surfing, his father, and the story of his professional surfing career, through to his business, writing and speaking endeavours, and the tragic passing of his son, Mathew Tomson. His story is epic, inspiring, tragic and heroic. He tells it so well, and his passion for surfing pours out throughout, which is always great to see and hear in any stoked surfer.
We were most pleased when Shaun told us he knew Club Of The Waves and was a fan! Stoked :)
The Code: The Power of "I Will"
A number of years ago Shaun famously wrote out ‘the twelve most important lessons that surfing had taught him about life‘. Just 12 reasons, 105 words. Each lesson began with the words "I Will". He titled this the "Surfers Code". This list later developed into the book: ‘Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Business & Life‘, and more recently the book: ‘The Code: The Power of "I Will"‘.
We got our copy on the night and will be reading it over the coming days, and aim to live by the code and Shaun’s inspirational words.
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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 everyone of us has to effect change through the power of ‘I Will.’ Once you do that, you begin to shape your future and achieve whatever you wish for.
The Surfers Code
I will never turn my back on the ocean: Passion
I will paddle around the impact zone: No short cuts
I will take the drop with commitment: Courage, focus and determination
I will never fight a rip tide: The danger of pride and egotism
I will always paddle back out: Perseverance in the face of challenges
I will watch out for other surfers after a big set: Responsibility
I will know that there will always be another wave: Optimism
I will ride and not paddle into shore: Self-esteem
I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer: Sharing knowledge and giving back
I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind: Imagination
I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean: Empathy
I will honor the sport of kings: Honor and integrity
Read a great article on Shaun on Huck magazine’s website here: www.huckmagazine.com/ride/surf/shaun-tomson/
Learn more about Shaun Tomson, his books, films and speaking at: http://shauntomson.com