Tom Sims - R.I.P.
Tom Fain - Early Sims team rider.
Tom Sims was one of those people you never forget your relationship with. He was a force of nature in person, dynamic, energetic, forward looking and visionary. With an easy smile that paved and smoothed the roads he pioneered, he parlayed an early love of skateboarding into one of the 1970’s leading skate companies, built one of skating’s most famous teams, and left a legacy that endures to this day. Later he did the same thing in Snowboarding, his second love.
I am forever grateful to Tom for working with me to suggest the development of a slalom board, and subsequently to jointly promote and sell the Quicksilver Deck that enabled my entry into the amazing world of skateboarding. In remembering Tom it is impossible for me to forget Tom’s amazing father Paul, who was always Tom’s ultimate supporter, and a consummate gentleman to all who knew him. I will remember them both always.
Bert Lamar - Sims pro and subsequent snowboard icon
Skatebaording was a fun, competitive, challenging industry when Tom was at the top of his game, and I think we are all poorer for the loss of his warm spirit, kind heart, sharp wit, and long ranging foresight. Skateboarding and Snowboarding have both lost, a pioneer, leader, and supporter. Thank you Tom, and blessings to you and your family.- George Powell
Thank you to George Powell for the memories and to William Sharp for the early Sims team rider images. R.I.P. Tom Sims. You were an amazing influence. Skate- Ozzie