Remembering Tom Sims

Today snowboarding lost one of its original pioneers in Tom Sims. Tom and the Sims brand can be credited with doing many firsts for snowboarding including metal edges, giving out the first pro model, being James Bond snowboarding stunt double, and countless others. Here’s a look back at what Tom has done as we honor the man, the myth, the legend.



(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.


At family’s request, please direct all inquiries to the Sims brand team at Collective Licensing International

SIMS: Erika Sauerwein (303) 761-1345 ext. 103 office, [email protected]
Turner PR: Mariana DiMartino (917) 536-5411 cell, [email protected]

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  1. Kling says:

    RIP, Legend.

  2. Oskar says:

    My first snowboard was a Sims, Rip Tom.

  3. Scott C. says:

    You will be missed Tom.

    My connection to Tom. I was just a kid and had opened a bike shop in Los Alamos NM in 1980 at age 15. I wanted something to sell in the winter when bikes were slow and was a avid (Sims) skateboarder since 74′. Around the winter of 1982-83 Tom sold me one of his first production euro boards he had been working on in Austria. As I recall he told me the board I bought was number 4. I sold it to a guy in town named Eddie. A year earlier, Eddie had got me my first ride on one of Sims first mega rare… “snow-sled’s” in 1981-82. I still have my junior high yearbook with pictures of those first snow sessions. Time has passed too quickly to say goodbye to such a kind person.

    From early days in 1984-85 at Boreal in Nor-Cal. Ski instructors would take you up to the top of the hill and “certify” each rider with their double black diamond run of death. Now in the Olympics… Tom made so much of this possible from all the hard work and goodwill he brought to the sport.

    Toward the light my friend.

    sJc – 2014

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