Shaun Tomson to Present Kids iPad Book Surf Creatures at the Smithsonian

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[] Washington D.C. - Surf legend Shaun Tomson and the world-class Smithsonian National Zoo are pleased to announce a special reading of "Surf Creatures," Tomson's first kid's storybook app for the iPhone and iPad, which will take place at the Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

Tomson's entertaining and educational talk is sure to delight kids of all ages (and their parents!) as he recounts the actual and imagined activities of the surf creatures he has personally encountered in his numerous ocean adventures. A few of the sea critters that are featured in the book also call the National Zoo their home, including the octopus and the jellyfish. As a board member of the Surfrider Foundation and supporter of the National Zoo's recently launched Project Blue Planet initiative, Tomson will also highlight a few easy steps children can take to do their part in preserving the world's oceans.

After the presentation, families can meet Tomson in person at the National Zoo's Invertebrate House, as well as try out "Surf Creatures" on the iPad for themselves. National Zoo biologist Mike Henley will also be on hand to answer questions and to feed the Zoo's Giant Pacific octopus.

Key Information
* Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
* Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm "Surf Creatures Reading" || 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Meet and Greet with Tomson at the Invertebrate House
* Place: Smithsonian National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium (3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008)
* Parking: Free, but the National Zoo encourages families to take public transportation

The "Surf Creatures by Shaun Tomson" presentation is free and open to people of all ages but is especially geared for children ages three to 10 years old.

Shaun Tomson has been listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and as one of the 16 greatest surfers of all time. He is a business finance graduate of the University of Natal, in Durban, South Africa. He is the author of the best-selling book Surfer's Code- 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life and the producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin' Down the Door. Tomson is a businessman and environmentalist who resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife Carla and young son Luke. He is an inspirational speaker for corporations, schools and universities and is working on new book, film and apparel projects. He is a board member and ambassador for Surfrider Foundation, the world's largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world's ocean, waves and beaches. He still spends time searching for the perfect wave, while doing his best to avoid Tiger Sharks and Zambezis. Copyright (C) 2011 Shaun Tomson. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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