Please join us on Monday night, October 28th at 6:30pm in our Laguna Beach Hobie Surf Shop** for an evening with iconic surfer, Shaun Tomson, as he talks about his new book ‘The Code : How to Ride the Unpredictable Waves of Life’. It promises to be an inspiring night for parents, children, small groups, and people struggling with life’s challenges.
Our friends at Surfline reviewed the book this week, we encourage you to read it in it’s entirety and then come out Monday night and experience Shaun’s powerful talk yourselves….
BOOK REVIEW: THE CODE: THE POWER OF “I WILL”
Shaun Tomson’s latest read aims to inspire younger surfers
By Andrew Lewis
Surf journalist, author and editor, Nick Carroll, is perhaps most famous for his resolute philosophy of keeping the positivity in surfing. His theory goes like this: the sport is too moored by youth to justify picking it apart at some deeply academic level. After all, for most of us, the time spent actually riding waves amounts to minutes, not even hours. With something so fleeting, why waste time harping on the negative?
This premise is shared by Carroll’s contemporary and one of surfing’s greatest legends, Shaun Tomson, in his new book (with Patrick Moser) called The Code: The Power of “I Will,” a collection of twelve personal essays geared toward young readers.
Glossing through the pages of surf magazines from the 1970s and ’80s, one might get the idea that Tomson cruised through life as a flawless titan: handsome, brilliant and fearless in the barrel, successful at transitioning to a career after the pros. But as we all know better, life is never that neat.In 2006, Tomson’s 15-year-old son, Mathew, died playing the “choking game,” a dangerous activity commonly played by young adults seeking the intoxicating sensation of asphyxiation. Though devastated, Shaun and his wife, Carla, used Mathew’s death to climb to a higher place spiritually and to look at life and all of its stumbles as steps forward rather than steps back. The root of the The Code, unsurprisingly, comes in Tomson’s essay about Mathew’s passing, called “I Will Have Faith.” He writes, “I’ve discovered it is futile and self-destructive to live in the world of conjecture, in the world of what if rather than what is.”
Please Click HERE to continue reading on Surfline.com…
Please don’t forget to join us at our Laguna Beach Hobie Surf Shop Monday night at 6:30pm to pick up a copy of the book, and hear Shaun talk about living life by ‘The Code’. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. See you there.