U.S. Snowboarding mourns Tom Sims innovator of snowboarding. (Courtesy Sims Snowboards)
PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 13) – U.S. Snowboarding and riders across the world mourned the passing of snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims Thursday. Because innovators like Sims, snowboarding has evolved into one of the most exciting and innovative action sports on the planet. Sims is credited with the development and invention of the first snowboard in 1963 when, at just 13, he built a "skiboard" in his seventh grade shop class. He was the first to develop the first metal edges, high-back binding systems, and the first women’s specific snowboard – all of which revolutionized the sport and raised athletic possibilities. He then built those possibilities into some of the first freestyle and halfpipe competitions which paved the way for the inclusion of snowboarding into the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
U.S. Snowboarding and riders across the world mourned the passing of snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims, who passed away Wednesday from cardiac arrest.
The founder of Sims Snowboards and Sims Skateboards, Sims is credited with the development and invention of the first snowboard in 1963, when he built a "skiboard" in his seventh grade shop class.
Sims then continued to evolve the sport with the invention of metal edges, high-back bindings and a women’s specific snowboard.
Leading the charge for supporting young athletes, Sims sponsored legendary snowboarder Craig Kelly and other revolutionary athletes to boost mainstream popularity of the sport.
Sims is survived by his wife Hilary, sister Margie Sims Klinger of Santa Barbara, sons Tommy and Shane, daughter Sarah and stepdaughters Alexa and Kylie Wagner.
QUOTES Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Because of Tom Sims innovation and creative persistence to evolve snowboarding, young athletes across the world have a unique avenue to enjoy snow sports. It is because of pioneers like Tom, that snowboarding is celebrated on the Olympic stage.
Jeremy Forster, U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Tom truly was a pioneer in snowboarding. His influence can be seen in every aspect of snowboarding today.