World champion surfer Shaun Tomson founded, managed and sold two successful clothing brands – Instinct in the 80’s and Solitude in the 90’s. He is the author of Surfer’s Code, and the writer and producer of the documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door. He is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, an inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame and the US Surfing Hall of Fame. Tomson has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time (Surfing Magazine 2004) and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine 1999). He is a board member and ambassador for Surfrider Foundation, the world’s largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. He is a motivational speaker and business consultant for some of the world’s largest corporations including GM, Cisco, Disney and Price Waterhouse. He lives with his wife Carla and son Luke in Santa Barbara, California and still finds time to chase the perfect wave.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Inc. founded in 1938 with the mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club’s programs include Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, Fine Arts Program, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. For further information, please visit or contact Monique Littlejohn at 805-962-2382 ext. 21 or by email at


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