ARBOR STARTED THE SKATEBOARD DIVISION IN 1998.
For years it had been turning old snowboards into skates to bomb hills when snow and surf was hard to find. Arbor rode at odd hours and freaked a few people out. In the end, those late nights launched a program that now offers a huge range of shapes for all types of skating. As you would expect, materials, shaping, art, and design all come together in the same tradition as its snowboards. Arbor Skateboards – handmade, quality woodcraft.
Since day one, The Arbor Collective has donated to groups that protect and restore forests. They call this program “Returning Roots.”
Their donations primarily go to preserving the Koa forests of Hawaii, which allows them to give back to the planet, and to the people and place that gave us surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. The native Hawaiians invented surfing as early as 1,000 years ago, on boards made from Koa wood. The sports we love today tie directly to this heritage. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is our principal Returning Roots partner. This group is not just planting trees; they’re thoroughly rebuilding forests from the ground up. As of today, they’ve planted over 300,000 Koa trees, on 800 acres of former forestland, with the full range of native understory plants. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is helping Arbor to do our part in the protection of forests, while we strike an important balance with our use of sustainably sourced materials.
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Arbor Skateboards has been using Bamboo in board construction for over a decade. Bamboo is one of the strongest, lightest, and most renewable building materials on the planet. This Collection offers sustainably produced skateboards with the unique style, performance, and durability that only Bamboo offers. The boards available in the Bamboo Collection are the Timeless 42, Axis 40, Fish 37, Zeppelin, Sizzler, and Pocket Rocket.
ARTIST COLLECTION – FLORIAN SCHOMMER
The new Arbor Skateboards Artist Collection features the work of Berlin, Germany based illustrator, Florian Schommer. Florian’s artistic style is heavily influenced by skateboard and punk rock culture, making him a natural fit to partner with on this year’s Collection. The Artist Collection features five different shapes; the Pocket Rocket, Pilsner, Dropcruiser, Catalyst, and Axis. All boards showcase unique illustrations from Florian Schommer.SEE MORE ARBOR LONGBOARDS HERE
PHOTO COLLECTION – NICK LIOTTA
Arbor Skateboards has launched its 2017 Photo Collection featuring the work of surf photographer and friend, Nick Liotta.The Photo Collection is an annual collaboration with a Photographer whose work Arbor admires. The year’s Collection showcases some of the incredible landscapes Nick has captured on his travels around the globe shooting the worlds top surfers. The Photo Collection brings together five of Arbor best selling shapes; the Timeless, Axis, Dropcruiser, Rally, and Pilsner. Each board is made with a sustainably sourced Black Walnut deck and Hardrock Maple plies.
BUYING GUIDE FOR SKATEBOARDS
Determine your experience level
Types of skating styles
How to choose the right skateboard deck
Choosing a style of skateboard deck
+ EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Determining your level of experience will help indicate the types of skateboard that best suits your needs. As provided are generalized categorizations of ability and skills level:
You are ready to start your skating journey with the basics but has yet spend much time on your skateboard. As you are getting more comfortable pushing off with your foot while balancing on your board through the ride there are still gaps between more technical tricks and movements.
Recommendation: Select a skateboard with a super supportive board that will allow you to learn how to balance.
You are fully comfortable with manoeuvring your skateboard and have started to work on tricks and more technically advanced moves, be it picking up tricks on how to ollie or dropping in on a ramp. Your current goal is to master the foundation to pave the way for more challenging tricks down the road.
Recommendation: You are on your way to collect the full set of skills. Experiment and take chances with different wheels or trucks to explore how it impacts your skating. Find a board that is supportive but geared towards tricks.
Being an expert skaterboarder, you are confident and are well equipped with all tricks. Moving beyond foundational skills, you are focus on more challenging tricks in different environments and landscapes. Indoors, outdoors, skate spots, parks or uneven terrains are your friends than foe.
Recommendation: Expert skateboarders are highly adaptable to environments and terrains, selecting boards that could withstand rigor and propel precision to perfect that kickflip or move.
FULL SIZE (decks 7.5” or larger)
- For all skaters over age 13
- Skater’s Height: <5’3”
- Shoe size: 9 or up
MID SIZE (deck width 7.3”)
- Age: 9-12 years old
- Skater’s Height: Between 4’5” and 5’2”
- Shoe size: 7-8
MINI SIZE (deck width 7.0”)
- Age: 6-8 years old
- Skater’s Height: Between 3’5” and 4’4”
- Shoe size: 4-6
MICRO SIZE (deck width 6.5” to 6.75”)
- Age: 5 years old or younger
- Skater’s Height: Under 3’4”
- Shoe size: 3 ≤
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