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At age 15 TIM became sponsored by SESSIONS, followed by sponsorship by VANS, INDEPENDENT, and NEW DEAL, which led to his first video part, in the NEW DEAL video USELESS TOYS. Not long thereafter, TIM made the switch to SANTA MONICA AIRLINES out of the local NHS stable, and his first pro model was on SMA, in 1992. TIM'S association with SESSIONS continued, eventually leading to the establishment of the brand ESTE, a portmanteau for "S" and "T," representing TIM and his good friend and fellow San Jose professional SALMAN AGAH. Tim helped design the ESTE line. In the mid-1990s, TIM made the switch from VANS to ETNIES Footwear, although he remained close to VANS honcho STEVE VAN DOREN throughout his life. When SMA quit his co-work with NHS, Tim made the easy switch to SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS, which was the company he rode for until he died.

TIM BRAUCH died of sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, May 9, 1999, Mother's Day, at the age of 25 TIM was featured in the traveling SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT SPORTS: BREAKING RECORDS, BREAKING BARRIERS which toured from October 2004 to December 2007 across the United States. The exhibit featured such athletes as HANK AARON, MICHAEL JORDAN, JACKIE ROBINSON, MUHAMMAD ALI, and LANCE ARMSTRONG.

Now TIM'S spirit lives on through the TIM BRAUCH FOUNDATION which encourages an active lifestyle for kids by providing scholarships to premier action sports camp WOODWARD WEST and helps develop the future leaders of tomorrow by implementing a Junior Board whos Members are between the ages of 12-17.


To create scholarship and leadership programs that reward those who show self-respect, and meet challenges with perseverance, independence, creativity and integrity and  an interactive youth art program in hospitals and underserved schools. Skateboarding and art were loved by Tim!


We're grateful to have some amazing partners that support our annual street and bowl skate contests, as well as our scholarship program.

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