Tom Sims

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Tom Sims
Thomas Paul Simeon

(1950-12-06)December 6, 1950
Died(2012-09-12)September 12, 2012
OccupationInventor, Professional Athlete, Entrepreneur
Known forInventing the snowboard
Home townHaddonfield, New Jersey
Spouse(s)Hilary Sims

Tom Sims (December 6, 1950 – September 12, 2012) was an American athlete, inventor, and entrepreneur. Sims was World Snowboarding Champion (1983), World Champion Skateboarder (1975), and founder of SIMS Snowboards and SIMS Skateboards. He lived in Santa Barbara, California from 1971 until his death.

In 1963, in his 7th-grade wood-shop class at Haddonfield Central School in New Jersey, he and John Murray made what they called a "skiboard," combining their two favorite sports, skiing and skateboarding.[1]

Sims was the primary snowboarding stunt double for "007" (Roger Moore) in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, which helped popularize both the snowboard and its usage.[2] Since 2006, the SIMS Snowboards brand has been managed by Collective Licensing International, LLC,[3] a unit of Collective Brands Inc., though Tom Sims was still very active in the company. Tom continued to be personally involved in the design and testing of the new snowboard and skateboard equipment being developed under the SIMS brand until his death.[4]

Sims died on Sept 12, 2012 at a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 61, from complications due to cardiac arrest.[5]


  1. ^ Atkin, Ross (February 11, 1998). "A Man Who Helped Skiers Get on the Snowboard". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  2. ^ Bane, Colin (September 13, 2012). "Snowboard Pioneer Tom Sims Dies". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ Hartford, Theresa (Jul 24, 2006). "Collective International Picks Up Sims License…". SGB Media. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Hardaker, Mike (September 13, 2012). "Tom Sims Death Forever A Legend RIP 1950-2012". Mountain Weekly News. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (September 18, 2012). "Tom Sims, Pioneer in Sport of Snowboarding, Dies at 61". New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2017.

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