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Neon Vibes, Tweaked Airs and Plenty of Retro – Tom Sims Retro World Champs 2017

Photos: Tom Zikas

Words: Matt Peterson

Tom Sims was king again this weekend at the 34th annual Tom Sims Retro World Championships at Boreal Mountain Resort, where it all began. From around the globe, iconic snowboarders came to reunite and celebrate Tom’s legacy.

Matt Peterson sending.

 

Snowboarding's colorful past was represented well with the likes of Noah Salasnek, Terry Kidwell, Chris Roach, Andy Finch, Mike Chantry, Don Szabo, Don Bostick,  Kevin Delaney, Todd Richards, Mikey & Tina Basich, Andy Berendsen and many, many more.  Along with the all the legendary riders and retro boards,  where the next generation of shredders like Ryan Flaska, Caleb Bonneville and Seth Hill.

This three-day snowboarding family reunion was just what this industry needed. No prize money or live television coverage. Just pure snowboarding with friends family in a hand-dug halfpipe with a heavy metal band. It was a snowboarding contest in its purest form, which is to say it was messy, ran late and was completely awesome.

Tina Basich with a classic layback slash.

Legendary Tahoe metal band, Fortress lead by Standard Films’, Dave Hatchet finished off the weekend with special guest, Kevin Jones by slaying the Boreal Deck just like they may have in the late 90’s. Shredders were stoked, memories were made and reunions happened.  The event will happen again next year at Boreal Mountain Resort for it’s 35th year and we highly recommend you put it on your calendar. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. And— Thanks Tom!

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