Shaun Tomson twin fin by Mike Baumea (1980)

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Shaun Tomson 6’0 twin-fin shaped by Mike Baumea in 1980, serial #8015. Featuring a beautiful airbrush fade with tri-color fins. All original condition (surface scratches can be polished out prior to sale for additional fee). 

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History of Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson: “South Africa’s Champ”

Shaun Tomson,‭ ‬born on the‭ ‬21st of August‭ ‬1955, in South Africa. Former world-surfing champion (1977).‭ ‬Born to a Jewish family,‭ ‬in Durban,‭ ‬where he learned to surf with his older cousin Michael and brother Paul.‭ ‬Shaun also received his education in South Africa.‭ ‬He‭ ‬graduated as a Business Finance major from the University of Natal,‭ ‬and from Northeastern University with a Masters of Science in Leadership with a focus on social change.‭ ‬Having a great passion for surfing since his youngest years,‭ ‬he took part in amateur surfing competitions and traveled to Hawaii for the first time in the late‭ ‬1960s.

‭ ‬As a teenager,‭ ‬he found surfing in Hawaii a huge challenge but continued to master his skills on well-known South Africa‭n‬ waves,‭ ‬including Cave Rock and Jeffrey‭’‬s Bay.‭ ‬At Jeffrey’s he gained notoriety and adopted his low,‭ ‬sprawling stance.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1975,‭ ‬he became an important part of the‭ ‬“Free Ride‭”‬ generation,‭ ‬along with Mark Richards,‭ ‬Wayne Bartholomew,‭ ‬and others.‭ ‬They showed style and courage in riding the infamous waves of Oahu‭’‬s legendary North Shore.‭ ‬The‭ ‬“Free Ride‭”‬ generation‭’‬s surfers are the first serious professionals in the history of this sport.‭ ‬Especially Shaun Tomson, who is still recognized as a role model for today‭’‬s pro surfer.‭ ‬He has become a representative of the movement.‭ ‬Regarding his personal style,‭ ‬he changed the way surfers rode the tube section of the wave.‭ ‬“Time is expanded inside the tube.‭”‬-‭ ‬that‭’‬s what he used to say.‭ ‬He created a special style of pumping and weaving through and around collapsing sections of the barrel.‭ ‬Shaun‭’‬s appearances at Off The Wall and Backdoor Pipeline immortalized in‭ ‬the movie‭ “‬Free Ride‭”‬,‭ ‬made him known as the most advanced surfer of that time.‭ ‬He won the‭ ‬1975‭ ‬Pipe Masters laying the base for‭ ‬his appearance‭ ‬at the freshly formed IPS Grand Prix world championship tour.‭ ‬He competed on the professional tour for‭ ‬16‭ ‬years.‭ ‬His major success was winning the International Professional Surfing World Championship in‭ ‬1977.‭ ‬Shaun Tomson has won‭ ‬19‭ ‬major professional events,‭ ‬being both the youngest and the oldest competitor to win.

Since his professional surfing career ended in‭ ‬1990,‭ ‬he has been up to a variety of things,‭ ‬including becoming an environmentalist,‭ ‬actor,‭ ‬writer and businessman.‭ ‬He belongs to the world‭’‬s largest‭ ‬environmental group.‭ ‬Shaun was the first professional surfer to join this community in‭ ‬1984.‭ ‬He‭’‬s also a successful motivational speaker.‭ ‬Shaun recalls that it has always been a passion of his.‭ ‬He has worked for some of the biggest companies (General Motors,‭ ‬Cisco,‭ ‬Google, Disney, and others) giving speeches about the influence of positive values on success in life and business.‭ ‬The importance of Commitment and Positivity is based on his own experiences of overcoming different challenges,‭ ‬in and out of the surf.‭ ‬He has concluded his special business philosophy in the books ‭“‬Surfer‭’‬s Code‭–‬12‭ ‬Simple Lessons for Riding through Life‭”‬ and ‭“‬The Code:‭ ‬The Power of‭ ‬“I Will”. He founded,‭ ‬managed and sold two‭ ‬successful clothing brands‭–‬Instinct in the‭ ‬1980s and Solitude in the‭ ‬1990s‭ (‬along with his wife Carla‭)‬.‭ ‬Shaun currently lives in Santa Barbara,‭ ‬California,‭ ‬with his wife.‭ ‬Shaun has been recognized as one of the‭ ‬25‭ ‬most influential surfers of the century and as one of‭ ‬the‭ ‬10‭ ‬greatest surfers of all time‭ (‬Surfer Magazine‭ ‬1999‭)‬.

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