Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson of Montecito has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM). The museum’s staff and directors will continue working with Tomson, who has been involved with the museum for several years and is committed to its youth education programs. 

“SBMM is excited to have Shaun join our Board of Directors,” said Greg Gorga, executive director. “He  brings his inspirational passion for surfing, empathy, and creativity  to our museum and has already demonstrated a commitment to furthering the museum’s mission and strategic plan 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 an inductee in the U.S., 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 surfing brands — Instinct in the 1970s and Solitude in the ’90s with his wife Carla, but his personal mission is to help individuals activate their own personal code to create a more purposeful life.

In the wake of 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 subsequently wrote the best-sellers “Surfer’s Code,” “The Code -The Power of  ‘I Will’,” and the recently released No. 1 Amazon best-seller, “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 corporations, universities and schools.

He is also a former board member for Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, and is an ambassador for Boys to Men Mentoring.