TOM SIMS R.I.P.

Tom Sims died last week from a heart attack. My first snowboard was a Sims, because it was in the 80’s and quite frankly, there weren’t a lot of other choices out there. Sims put out some of my favorite skateboard graphics courtesy of Bernie Tostenson, so why would any self-respecting skater choose another brand? The Sims name was trusted and it legitimized the sport to a certain extent, at least through my eyes in that time period. As his clout in the skateboard industry waned, he picked up more steam in snowboarding, and that seems to be how the mainstream media is focusing on. The images above were poached from a gallery on ESPN. They’ve got a story and a video up too, mostly focusing on Tom’s influence in snowboarding. Interesting fact, Sims was instrumental in bringing the halfpipe to snowboarding competition, otherwise it would have been endless slalom races.

7 Comments

  1. talentlessquitter on September 17, 2012 - Reply

    Some badass longboards too!

  2. New Jersey mourns!

  3. Crazy, I just watched the Fallen Brothers episode of Love Letters yesterday.

  4. Very sad… 🙁 He could have done much more if he lived…

  5. I still have the classic SIMS sticker un-stuck in my skate bin, the wheels were good too

  6. My first good board…

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