Snowboard Pioneer Tom Sims Dies

by The Editors on September 13, 2012

Sims, TomThe word started getting out this morning that on the evening of September 12, 2012 skateboarding and snowboarding legend Toms Sims (pictured right in 1996) founder of Sims Skateboards and Sims Snowboards has died near his home at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital of suffered sudden cardiac arrest. He was 62 years old.

The Sims Snowboards website has the following message:

Forever missed, forever loved and forever a legend. Tom’s accomplishments speak for themselves. A true pioneer, Tom brought forward thinking concepts and innovations that forever changed the landscape of the snow and skate industry. His constant quest for the deepest powder, the longest downhill paved road and the smoothest wave has been and always will be an inspiration to us all.

Sims is survived by his wife Hilary, sister Margie Sims Klinger of Santa Barbara, sons Tommy and Shane, daughter Sarah and step daughters Alexa and Kylie Wagner. Our thoughts go out to Tom’s family and to the entire snowboard world. His contributions to the world of action sports will never be forgotten. Follow the jump for the official word.

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Snowboarding Legend Tom Sims Passes Away

(Santa Barbara, CA) September 13, 2012 – Tom Sims, snowboarding legend and pioneer, died yesterday, September 12, 2012 near his home at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Sims suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

Sims is survived by his wife Hilary, sister Margie Sims Klinger of Santa Barbara, sons Tommy and Shane, daughter Sarah and step daughters Alexa and Kylie Wagner.

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.

The Sims family wishes for all memorial donations to be directed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Online donations can be made in Sims honor here. The family will not be granting interviews at this time.

Tom’s accomplishments speak for themselves. A true pioneer, Tom brought forward thinking concepts and innovations that forever changed the landscape of the snow and skate industry.

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