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SHAUN TOMSON

inductee socal jewsish sports hall of fame

Surfing - 2014

South African-born world champion surfer Shaun Tomson is recognized as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time.

Shaun was the face and voice of the “Free Ride” surfing generation (mid-70s), as he and his colleagues were considered the architects of professional surfing. During his career, he was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a pro event.

He began competing in Southern California surfing events in 1972, and by the end of the 70s, had become a permanent resident of Santa Barbara. His active 20-year career spanned 1969-1989, winning the coveted IPS World Championship in 1977.

Shaun is author of the best-selling books: Surfer’s Code and The Code–The Power of I Will; and writer-producer of the award-winning documentary Bustin’ Down the Door.

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