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Santa Barbara Man Who Was Sakteboarding, Snowboarding Pioneer Dies

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 12:45am

A man considered one of the pioneers of skateboarding, and snowboarding has died in Santa Barbara.

Tom Sims has been called by some the “Godfather of Board Sports”. In the 1960’s he took up skateboarding, and in 1963, in his junior high school wood shop, built what he called a “skiboard”, an early version of a snowboard.

He moved to Santa Barbara in the 1970’s, and became a world skateboarding champion, and in the 1980’s was a world snowboarding champion.

During the 1980’s, Sims helped snowboarding’s popularity boom by convincing ski resorts to allow, and promote snowboarding.

Sims went into cardiac arrest, and died at Cottage Hospital. He was 61 years old.

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