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Snowboarding legend Tom Sims passes away

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tom Sims, a snowboarding legend and pioneer, died of cardiac arrest Wednesday near his home at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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.

"With the passing of Tom Sims, the world lost a true pioneer in snowboard and skateboard culture that goes so much further than his impact in the products that carried the Sims name," said Trent Bush of the Colorado Snowboard Archive and Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.

"Tom's vision and relentless drive helped shape the identity of an entire generation who discovered a lifestyle that he helped create. Anyone fortunate enough to have stepped on a snowboard or skateboard in the last few decades owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tom Sims, and the work we did with Tom to create the Colorado Snowboard Archive in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail has taken on even more importance as a way to preserve his legacy," Bush continued. "We join the entire snowboard and skateboard world in our best wishes for Tom's family, and Tom - while you've moved on to deeper powder and smoother streets, you will never be forgotten."

ESPN reports that Sims' "skiboard" prototype was built in wood shop class in seventh grade in 1963 and would later incorporate some of the earliest high-back binding systems.

Sims' skateshop and Sims Skateboards came to Santa Barbara in 1976 and he won the Skateboard World Championships the same year, according to ESPN.

Members of the snowboard community remember Sims for his many contributions to the sport.

The Sims family wishes for all memorial donations to be directed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Online donations can be also be made in Sims honor.SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tom Sims, a snowboarding legend and pioneer, died Sept. 12 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 also be made in Sims honor.


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