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Alter Eco: Arbor Skateboards

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Santa Monica skate company brings sustainability to the streets

A tuned-in skate shop owner in Santa Monica boils down the basic tenets of the SHFT philosophy - that we need to bring sustainability to culturally relevant places. And that today's youth will gravitate towards green living when it's presented to them in the context of what they do in their every day lives. We think he's right, and Arbor Skateboards nails it on both counts....read more

The Voodoo Doll, Comet Skateboards

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One of the first sustainably designed skateboards on the market $99.95

We love Comet. Not only do they make rad looking boards, but their manufacturing decisions are guided by the concept of "Cradle to Cradle" (C2C) as developed by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. C2C eliminates the concept of waste through "closed loop" manufacturing, which examines the entire life-cycle of all products and bi-products of the system. They are also a......read more

Arthur King: I Want to Skate

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Strange skate sculptures photographed by Hugues Lawson-Body

Arthur King, the Paris-based, Colette-affiliated DJ/producer/artist, has unveiled a series of absurd skateboards that are wholly unsuitable for skating. The collection of skate sculptures, dubbed "I Want To Skate," features wheels and trucks attached to everyday things like a Mac keyboard, a chunk of turf, and a dozen eggs. We're particularly feeling the super-sized sub sandwich, which may......read more

DL Skateboards

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Old school cruisers crafted by hand in Topanga, California $195.00

These classic California setups from Topanga's DL Skateboards are built for the lost arts of pushing and carving. Handmade by Derek Mabra and Lauren Andino, the old-school solid oak cruisers comes complete with Tracker trucks and bearings, 60mm cruiser wheels, and US-made machined hardware. You can also add DL custom griptape, made using sand from Derek and Lauren's local surf......read more

Bureo Skateboards: Nets to Decks

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Sustainable startup makes skateboards from old fishing nets

Bureo, the recycled skateboard startup that recently landed an investment from Patagonia, has shared this short clip, "Nets to Decks," outlining their approach to sustainable manufacturing. The company designs and makes skateboards in Chile through an initiative they launched called "Net Positiva" -- Chile's first-ever nationwide fishnet collection and recycling program. The system provides......read more

Burn It Down

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Watch Arbor Skateboards' insane downhill video starring James Kelly

Longboarders are the red-headed stepchildren of the skate world. Often disparaged, almost never respected, the longboard enthusiast is barely a step above the rollerblader on the action sports hierarchy. If you're one of the types who holds that opinion, take a few moments to watch this clip and prepare to have your mind changed. The video, a promo for Arbor's new James Kelly Pro model, stars the......read more

Bureo Skateboards Lands Investment from Patagonia

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Recycled skateboard startup produces shred sticks from discarded fishing net

Lauren Daley for the Huffington Post: What if you could not only clean the ocean, but turn the pollution you collect into something people want? That's the basic idea behind Bureo Skateboards. They also compensate the fishermen for the fishing net. With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by......read more

Arbor Skateboards: James Kelly, Unbound

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Top pro returns to Southern California to ride his home hills

Our bros at Arbor Skateboards in Venice Beach have released an excellent new video that promptly took up a position on Vimeo's list of Staff Picks. The clip finds team rider James Kelly back in Southern California after a demanding year on the downhill circuit. Back on his favorite hills, Kelly lets loose for the love of the sport: What's captured here is James completely unbound; a freeride......read more

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