My buddy Brandon gave me Surfer’s Code for Christmas one year. Shaun Tomson, legendary South African world champion surfer has lectured often on his lessons for life. He’s turned that lecture into this book, Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lesson for Riding Through Life.
It’s a quick read, but a good read. If you are a surfer, there’s really not much in the book that will be a revelation, but there’s plenty in there that will be an inspiration. But even if you do tend to surf based on the 12 lessons, which most of us do, it is good to be reminded that you can live life the same way.
Just in case you are curious, the 12 lessons in a nutshell are:
I will never turn my back on the ocean
I will always paddle back out
I will take the drop with commitment
I will know that there will always be another wave
I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean
I will paddle around the impact zone
I will never fight a rip tide
I will watch out for other surfers after a big set
I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer
I will ride, and not paddle in to shore
I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind
I will honor the sport of kings
Get your copy of Surfer’s Code from Buy.com (36% off!).