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Snowboarding and Skateboarding Pioneer Dies Aged 61

Snowboarding and Skateboarding Icon Tom Sims Remembered.

Snowboarder on the half pipe in Laax Switzerland. Visionary skateboarder and snowboarder, Tom Sims, has died aged 61. News of his death was made public on Thursday. According to a statement released by Sims Snowboards, the extreme sports pioneer suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night and passed away at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and two step-daughters.
Tom Sims is widely acknowledged to have had a major impact on the development of both skateboarding and snowboarding. He is credited with inventing the first modern snowboard, known as the “Skiboard”, whilst he was still at school.
His passion for board design remained with him into adulthood and he went on to create several industry firsts, including the first snowboard with metal edges and the first female-specific snowboard.
Tom Sims’ contribution to skateboarding and snowboarding was not limited to design. In 1976, he won the Skateboard World Championships, then went onto feature in legendary skate film “Freewheelin” in the same year. The film included stints from much respected skater/director, Stacy Peralta, who remained firm friends with Sims after it was made.
In 1985, Tom Sims made his first big screen appearance, doubling for Roger Moore in the snowboarding scenes of “A view to a Kill”. He followed up on this by winning the slalom event of the U.S. Open of Snowboarding.
R.I.P Tom Sims.


Story: ESPN

Photo: Bob Bob (Flickr Creative Commons)

Words: Al Cuin

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