Frustrated with closeting his skateboard through the winter months, a pre-teen Tom Sims decided to craft a board that could function in the snow. He hammered out one of the world’s first snowboards. Years later, after road tripping to his own private surf paradise in Santa Barbara, Tom made quick friends with Mike Chantry who later introduced him to Terry Kidwell. So wowed by the silky-smooth skate style of Kidwell, Tom sponsors the boarder on the spot. From there it’s freestyle snowboarding history.
The Tahoe City quarter pipe, snowboarding’s first halfpipe, was originally designed to be the Tahoe City Dump. By covering heaps of garbage with dirt, the city unknowingly made snowboard history. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Enter the original East Coast vs. West Coast battle. The clash between Burton and Sims starts with the first snowboarding halfpipe competition and ends with a legal dust-up over each team’s claim to snowboarding legend Craig Kelly. In essence, snowboarding grows up.