We enjoy covering products from companies who strive to take responsibility for their impact on the environment – mainly because we too care for our world (and the gear that furnishes it), but also because we realize that companies who put time and effort into ecological responsibility, additionally go to great lengths to ensure quality in their production.

To this end, we chatted with Andrew Jacobson – the previous developer of Arbor’s flagship store in Venice and now owns the newest Arbor shop in Santa Barbara – who affirmed our assertion that Arbor takes great pride in their products and the environments they are so readily used in.

We all need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride

“For us, time spent riding had always provided a direct understanding of what’s at stake,” said Jacobson. “We all need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride. For those of us who pursue boardsports, protecting the planet is about the environments we use everyday.”

Arbor offers a wealth of longboard selections, but we are especially fond of the GB Sizzler ($150) made with seven plys of maple and topped off with Hawaiian Koa. The stout, concave wrought deck allows for optimal carving while the manageable 31.75” length makes it an undemanding means of transportation. Plus if you’re into more extreme riding, the tight wheelbase is ideal for unyielding turns. That said, the GB Sizzler is also more than capable of handling the demands of the casual rider.

Buy Now: $150

By Brett Prior