Skateboarding Pioneer Tom Sims Passes Away

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.