Some of the more notable longboarders from this period were skaters such as Tom Sims. Tom was not only a well decorated longboarder, but also credited with many modern developments of snowboarding.
Sims is credited with many of the most important innovations in both snowboarding and skateboarding including the first metal edged snowboard, the first snowboarding half pipe, the first freestyle snowboard, the first pro-model snowboard.
He was also credited with building and marketing the world's first longboards for skateboarding in 1975. Not surprisingly, a young Tony Hawk rode Sims skateboards in the 1970s