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Tom Sims dies at 61; snowboard pioneer
Tom Sims dies at 61; snowboard pioneer

Tom Sims, an innovative skateboarding and snowboarding pioneer and former world champion who helped bring snowboarding to the masses by pushing ski resorts to embrace the fledgling sport in the 1980s, has died. He was 61.The founder of Sims Skateboards and Sims Snowboards died Wednesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest, said his sister, Margie Sims Klinger."He was the godfather of all board sports," Michael Brooke, publisher of Concrete Wave Magazine, said Friday. "He literally helped build the professional skate industry, and he was one of the giants in the history of snowboarding."Pat Bridges, editor of Snowboarder Magazine, said Sims "not only...