THE ARBOR COLLECTIVE DELIVERS ITS FIRST DROP-THROUGH SKATEBOARDS, THE AXIS KOA & BAMBOO
The new downhill designs provide amazing freeride performance at speed with unexpected around town versatility.
Arbor’s new drop-through models: the Axis Koa and Bamboo are built to provide stability at speed with amazing carve and slide performance. A symmetrical shape and more functional nose/tail profile offer highly versatile stance and switch options, while a cambered design delivers a medium flex for improved rail-to-rail reaction time and riding surface management. A snowboard inspired sidecut encourages a centered stance while tuning the flex for easier turn initiation. The Koa Axis features an artist collaboration with Hannah Stouffer, while the Bamboo version uses a stunning snowboard image from national Arbor snowboard team rider, Byron Bagwell, shot by photographer, Justin Kiuous.
“We set out to take advantage of the drop-through design’s ability to bring the deck of a skateboard closer to the ground and created a ride that is stable at speed, cornering, and drifting, yet incredibly easy to push when cruising; due to the reduced r
each required to put foot to ground,” said Bob Carlson, Arbor’s President. “We also narrowed the profile to make the board lighter and super quick edge to edge.”
The Axis is built with sustainably sourced maple, koa and/or bamboo materials and gripped with long-lasting crushed recycled glass. Completes come with Arbor’s new 72mm, 75A Durometer Slalom Series Wheels (made from sucrose-based bio-urethane), 9” Gullwing Chargers Trucks, ABEC 5 bearings, and recycled plastic risers. The Axis is competitively prices at an MSRP of $199.50.
ABOUT ARTIST HANNAH STOUFFER: The contrary notions of darkness and light and the ever-present existence of the two drives Los Angeles based illustrator, Hannah Stouffer, to explore the greatest struggle that we endure, our own imminent contrasts. Facing the inevitable oppositions between love, lust and gore, decadence, wrath and fate, Stouffer’s work is an opulent, elegant and beautifully intricate mixture of decoration, nostalgic animalia and emotion. Her densely packed compositions consciously recall classical and current attractions, creating cohesively opposing arrays of imagery and embellishment. She focuses on the contrasts that exist and occur within each destined plan, and merges them together with a high regard for balance and rich, repetitive adornment. For more information on Hannah Stouffer, visit grandarray.com.
ABOUT THE ARBOR COLLECTIVE: Arbor was founded in 1995 on the assertion that solutions to many of today’s most difficult snow, skate, and apparel design challenges exist in the natural world. For 14 years, Arbor has built on the belief of replacing, environmentally harmful materials with ecologically based, natural alternatives. Arbor’s goal is to create a higher level of function and relevance in the most responsible way possible. The end result must be improved style and performance, with significantly reduced impact on the environment. “We all need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride…”