September 17, 2012

Tom Sims, skate- and snowboard pioneer, died Sept. 12 of cardiac arrest. He was 61: As a young star in the 1970's SoCal skateboarding circuit, Sims was a tireless promoter of the sport, building the first longboards for skating and founding Sims Skateboards, who made the first lightweight laminated skateboards and managed the Sims skateboard team, sponsoring rising stars like Stacy Peralta, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Kevin Staab, and the late Jeff Philips (it's all a little complicated, hard feelings all around, as the above links hint). Sims' attention moved to the slopes and his company morphed into Sims Snowboards, making the first metal edged snowboard, the first snowboarding half pipe, the first freestyle snowboard, the first snowboards designed specifically for women riders, and the first pro-model snowboard. Here he is in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill riding down the mountain on a snowmobile ski. Peers, friends, and former riders reflect.

posted by Hugh Janus to other at 11:09 AM - 2 comments

A true pioneer.


posted by sbacharach at 12:09 PM on September 17, 2012

I have to admit that even I didn't know how much Sims did for snowboarding. I'm surprised that I'm hearing of this first on Sportsfilter and not from any of my old school skater friends.


also, it may not seem impressive now, but Jeff Philips was awesome in his day.

posted by MrFrisby at 10:51 PM on September 18, 2012

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