Tomson will discuss his book “The Code” and his life experiences in and out of the surfing world. He believes his simple message of “I Will” can be a model to overcome life’s challenges.
About Shaun’s code
After a successful career in surfing, Tomson and his family faced the tragedy of losing their 15-year-old son, Matthew.
“Matthew died by playing a dangerous game at school,” Tomson said. “I realized that perhaps a framework for young people that encouraged positive choice could be useful in saving kids’ lives.”
A few months after his son’s death, Tomson released his first book, “Surfer’s Code”, written with co-author and Springfield resident Patrick Moser. The book consisted of a series of 12 commitments that he had learned through surfing.
“I spoke to about 80 high schoolers about the release of my new book and the 12 commitments I had made to myself,” Tomson said. “I then asked those students to write their own code for their life.”
After reading the students’ codes, Tomson realized how impactful it is to live your life by a written down code.
Tomson has now inspired people all over the world to create their own 12 commitments to positively impact their lives.
“We are so excited to have Shaun come and speak to the MSU community,” said Dr. Keri Franklin, associate provost for public affairs and assessment. “We look forward to hearing about his book and how we can benefit from creating our own personal code.”
Schedule of events
Showing of Tomson’s movie Bustin’ Down the Door, 6:30 p.m., Plaster Student Union (PSU) Theater.
Presentation to MSU faculty and staff, 1:30 p.m., Meyer Library 101.
Public Affairs Convocation, 3:30 p.m., PSU Theater.
Event with MSU Athletes, 6:30 p.m., PSU Theater.