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The Inventor of Snow Board dies at the age of 61

by admin on Четверг, Сентябрь 20th, 2012

Thomas Paul Sims was born on December 6 1950 in Los Angeles. When he was 2 years old his family moved to the East Coast, settling at Haddonfield, New Jersey. When the family returned to California on a visit in 1960, Tom saw other children skateboarding in the street and begged his father to buy him his own board. He set up his own company, Sims Skateboards, in 1976, and became the first to introduce longboarding.

These outsized boards became Sims’s speciality. In the 1980s Sims diversified into snowboards, pioneering models with metal rims which made for a smoother and more stable ride. His new company, Sims Snowboards, was also the first to design boards specially for women; they were lighter, shorter and narrower, to fit smaller boots.

Tom Sims, who died of a heart attack, was a father to two sons, a daughter and two stepdaughters.Tom Sims, is widely credited with inventing the snowboard; he became a world champion at snowboarding and persuaded ski resorts to recognise it as a sport.

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