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Shaun Tomson

World Surfing Champion and Leadership Expert

Living with purpose creates positive, cascading effects in organizations including improvement in wellbeing, motivation, and performance. Purpose-led businesses significantly outperform other organizations. In transformational keynotes and workshops, leadership expert Shaun Tomson reveals his unique Code Method, a process to find and define one’s purpose, activate engagement, and ignite motivation in individuals and teams.

Shaun Tomson has been described as one of the most influential surfers of all time by Surfer magazine. Following his career as a professional athlete, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur, leadership speaker, and bestselling author.

Tomson’s books Surfer’s Code and The Code: The Power of "I Will” inform the Code Leadership Method he uses to help individuals define their purpose and activate a positive wave of commitment. Shaun has shared his Code Method with corporations, universities, and even pro sports teams around the world. He has worked with organizations like General Motors, Cisco, Google, Disney, PwC, Patagonia, Sonos, and Gap to enhance engagement within their teams and improve business performance.

Tomson produced and co-wrote the documentary film, Bustin’ Down the Door. He is also a past board member of Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, and is an ambassador for Boys to Men Mentoring. His newest book, The Surfer and the Sage: A Guide to Survive and Ride Life’s Waves, addresses some of the relentless, breaking waves of life, from loss and aging to relationships and depression, and guides readers to positive transformation.

Speaking Topics

  • The Code for the Next Wave
  • Riding a Wave of Change
  • Building a Wave of Purpose


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