SAN CLEMENTE, CA- The Surfrider Foundation announced today that former World Surfing Champion ShaunTomson has accepted appointment as the Chairman of their National Advisory Board. His appointment tothis volunteer position is effective immediately.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to Chair the Advisory Board of the Surfrider Foundation,” saidTomson, “It is my hope that I can assist them in drawing attention to the many environmental issuesfacing all surfers.”
“Shaun brings so much to this position,” said Surfrider Foundation Executive Director Chris Evans.”On top of being a legendary waterman, he has over 20 years experience as an insightful surf industryexecutive. Given the amount of time he has spent in the tube, and in the boardroom, his thoughtfulpresence will be an invaluable asset to Surfrider Foundation”
Tomson won the World Surfing Title in 1977 as well as 19 other major professional events and wasrecognized as one of the world1s best surfers during the better part of two decades. He is aninductee in the South African Sports Hall of Fame, the American Surfing Hall of Fame, and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He has been a board member and VicePresident of the Association of Surfing Professionals and a director of the Surf IndustryManufacturers Association (SIMA).
In 1979 Tomson founded Instinct, a surf-sportswear company that was one of the pioneers of the boomingsurf industry through the eighties. He sold the company in 1990 and retired from professionalsurfing. He later worked as the Merchandise Director for Patagonia and then moved on to work as theMarketing and Sales Director at O1Neill Sportswear. He currently owns the Santa Barbara-based surfclothing company Solitude with his wife Carla.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection andenjoyment of the world1s waves, oceans and beaches through conservation, activism, research andeducation (C.A.R.E.). Surfrider Foundation currently has 48 grassroots chapters in the U.S. and25,000 members.