Below are some notable books and films starring or created by Shaun Tomson. You can buy the books on Amazon and view the video for free on YouTube.
The Code: The Power of “I Will”
How to convert the power of “I Will” into a life-changing mantra.
Sometimes all you need to turn hope into action is to write your promises down and say them out loud–to make a promise to no one but yourself. This book is about many things–faith, courage, creativity, determination–but above all it’s about the promises we make to ourselves about the future. These stories will inspire you to believe in yourself and to believe in the power that each and every one of us has to shape our lives through the power of “I Will.”
The twelve stories in this book, taken from Shaun Tomson’s own life experiences in and out of the surfing world, offer the simple message-I Will-as a model to face life’s challenges and help you achieve your goals. All you need is to be encouraged to find your voice and commit yourself to positive values. The stories resonate with positivity and hope for the future, and are infused with the belief that even in the darkest time, light shines ahead to show you the way forward.
“This book is about many things – faith, courage, creativity, determination – but above all it’s about the promises we make to ourselves about the future. These stories will inspire you to believe in yourself and to believe in the power that each and everyone of us has to effect change through the power of ‘I Will.’ Once you do that, you begin to shape your future and achieve whatever you wish for.”
Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Business & Life
In Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life, world champion surfer Shaun Tomson shares the life lessons he’s gathered from decades of surfing-from his boyhood adventures in South Africa to the world tour in the late 1970s to the business world today. For Tomson, surfing is a hobby, a sport, a religion, an obsession and more-it is a way of life. Tomson’s life lessons have guided his career to the top of both professional competition and the world of business. Now, he shares these powerful lessons, born on the world’s best swells, with all people-including those who might never step on a surfboard. These lessons are born of the collective wisdom of the surf community and are a powerful source of inspiration in the face of extraordinary challenges of every day life.
“I tell people that I didn’t develop or create the code. I simply wrote down what was out there all the time in my heart and in the hearts of many surfers, always there but sometimes overlooked. I like to think the code was always there, a part of every surfer’s life, unspoken maybe, but in our hearts, ever since the ancient Polynesians started surfing so many thousands of years ago.”
Bustin’ Down the Door: The Surf Revolution of ’75
In the winter of 1975, South African and Australian upstarts Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Bartholomew, and Mark Richards arrived in Hawaii with little else than their surfboards and their love of surfing. With courage, skill, and raw ambition, they not only set a new standard for wave riding, but also succeeded in transforming surfing from a casual lifestyle into a professional sport. Published to coincide with a documentary feature film narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, Bustin’ Down the Door tells the incredible story of these free ride pioneers.
With essays by the surfing legends themselves, along with previously unpublished photographs by award-winning photographers such as Dan Merkel, Bustin’ Down the Door re-creates the genesis of modern surfing from the perspective of the visionaries who turned their unlikely dreams into reality and revolutionized the sport of surfing.
“With my ultra rockered board I could go vertical at Pipeline, and complete maneuvers previously thought impossible.”
Bustin’ Down the Door: The Surf Revolution of ’75 (Film)
This ground breaking action-packed documentary takes you back to the winter of 1975 in Hawaii- a dramatic moment in history when a group of young South African and Autralian surfers sacrificed everything. They put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. A powerhouse film, the spellbinding action footage and fascinating subjects make Bustin’ Down the Door a surfing classic.
“Amazing wall-to-wall footage”
– Nathan Lee, New York Times
“A breakout film, Bustin’ Down the Door shows what happens when ego and historical problems clash during the most critical period in our sports history.”
– Kelly Slater
“A powerhouse spellbinder”
– Jim Kempton, Surfline
“The best surf documentary ever made.”
– Chris Cote, Transworld Surf
“Boasts thrilling action footage and riveting subjects.”
– Entertainment Weekly
“The most valuable entertainment by a documentary film in years.”
– Bill Sharp, Former Editor, Surfing Magazine
“…certain to rank alongside ‘Step Into Liquid’ and ‘Five Summer Stories’ in the primo category of surf movies that rip onscreen and tell a great story. This yarn, about how a group of Aussie and South African surfers took Oahu by storm in the mid-’70s, may be the best of the bunch… sizzling from start to finish.”
“The most profound film ever made about surfing.”
– Jim Moriarty, Executive Director, Surfrider Foundation