Just like Whitelines Magazine, Arbor will be turning the ripe old age of 25 this year. These days, every snowboard brand worth their salt preaches their own unique environmental story. Throw it back to 1995, however, and Arbor stood apart from the crowd by placing sustainability at the very heart of its origins and identity.
Since day one, a portion of every single Arbor sale has gone back into restoring and supporting Hawaii’s native Koa forests and the communities surrounding them. Not just planting trees, as they say, but rebuilding forests.
“Arbor’s snowboards aren’t just built in harmony with nature, they’re works of art inspired by nature”
Fast forward to today and their environmental legacy has permeated into every stage of the construction process. And the end result? Well, it’s pretty stunning. Arbor’s snowboards aren’t just built in harmony with nature, they’re works of art inspired by nature. Take any model off the shelf and it would look as lavish screwed to your bindings as it would with Tony Montana racking lines up along it.
The eco and aesthetic credentials of Arbor’s decks are surpassed only by their performance. With a range of boards covering street and park riding right through to the most demanding freeride terrain, Arbor has picked up industry awards and accolades right across their line. Next season sees a couple of new additions, including Marie France Roy’s new Veda signature snowboard, a cambered variant of the Wasteland, a stiffened up version of Frank April’s Westmark board and a 25th Anniversary edition of the Element.
Take a look below for a look at what’s to come, and stay tuned for more in-depth reviews dropping in our 2020-2021 Buyer’s Guide later this year.