Shaun Tomson is a true sporting legend. Not only has he been named as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and one of the top 10 greatest surfers of all time, he is also considered the architect of the modern professional surfer. He is described at the ultimate stoked surfer, and when asked what gave him an edge on other competitors he says “I just loved it more”.Over his 14 year professional career he became world champion, won 12 world tour events, and ended in the top 10 in the world most of those 14 years.
Shaun is also an astute businessman, having founded two multi-million dollar clothing companies, is a best selling author, and is a board member of Surfrider Foundation, the world’s largest environmental group dedicated to ocean conservation.
In this episode we talk about the stoke, lessons learnt through surfing (and what it takes to ride the most dangerous waves in the world), and the transition out of pro surfing into the business world.
[This episode was recorded with a howling Southwester wind outside so sound may be a bit sketchy at times – but is somehow appropriate as surf conditions the next day were beautiful thanks to the wind!]