Shaun Tomson is a businessman and inspirational speaker living in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Carla, and son, Luke. He is a former World Surﬁng Champion, and has been 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 popular apparel brands: Instinct in the 1980s and Solitude in the ’90s. He is the author of Surfer’s Code (2006), producer of the documentary ﬁlm Bustin’ Down the Door (2006), and a board member of Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.
What a surfer's story can teach us about the promises we make to ourselves about the future.