Posted on September 11, 2022
Shaun Tomson de Montecito has been appointed to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Board of Trustees. Museum staff and directors will continue to work with Tomson, who has been involved with the museum for several years and is committed to its youth education programs.
“SBMM is thrilled to have Shaun join our Board of Directors,” said Greg Gorga, Executive Director. “He brings his inspiring passion for surfing, his empathy and his creativity to our museum and has already demonstrated his commitment to advancing the museum’s mission and strategic planning goals.
Tomson is a former world surfing champion and has been described as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time and one of the most influential surfers of the century. He is inducted into the American, Jewish and South African sports halls of fame, and is a world-renowned leadership mentor, entrepreneur, environmentalist and best-selling author.
As an entrepreneur, Tomson founded two market-leading international surf brands – Instinct in the 1970s and Solitude in the 90s with his wife Carla, but his personal mission is to help people activate their own code. personal to create a more useful life.
Following the tragic death of his 15-year-old son, Tomson developed The Code Method, a high-impact personal transformation program to activate the power of purpose to make positive decisions.
He went on to write the bestsellers “Surfer’s Code”, “The Code – The Power of ‘I Will'”, and the recently released #1 Amazon bestseller, “The Surfer and the Sage”.
In June 2022, Tomson and co-author Noah benShea, debuted “The Surfer and the Sage” at SBMM and spoke about their experience with the book. Tomson also produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary film ‘Bustin’ Down the Door’.
Tomson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Natal and a master’s degree in leadership from Northeastern University, is a keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest companies, universities and schools.
He is also a former board member of the Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, and is an ambassador for Boys to Men Mentoring.