Skateboarding Pioneer Tom Sims Passes Away

By: | Thursday, September 13, 2012 //

The skateboard community lost a dear friend yesterday. Tom Sims who founded Sims skateboards and back in the 1970s and later became a snowboard titan suffered a heart attack at his home in California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sims family.

Sims built the first “skateboard for the snow” in 1963 and founded the SIMS® brand in 1976. He continued to revolutionize the sport of snowboarding for nearly four decades. Sims brought several industry firsts to the world of snowboarding including the first snowboard, first metal edge snowboard, first pro-model snowboard, first women’s specific snowboard and the first folding highback bindings. In addition to a lengthy list of podiums throughout his professional career, Sims was the primary snowboarding stunt double for “007″ Roger Moore in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. Throughout the years, he continued to be a driving force within SIMS, leading the growth and progression of the brand.

Click here for a more in depth background of Tom Sims contributions to the skate and snowboarding worlds.

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  • Vernon Andrés Hughes

    Natural creator. RIP

  • Michael Simpson

    A true visionary

  • christianlepanto

    It has been some time. Time enough to have more commentary about Tom. Seems that skaters have a real short memory. This man was so important to the world of sk8 and snow that he deserves a large bronze statue and a tournement in his honor. I declare that the Sims Cup will exist! Dual discipline day! Now Agree on it and make it so!