Congrats to team rider James Kelly for taking first over the weekend at Push Culture‘s Family Picnic event. The race was located on Mount Burke and is known to be one of the gnarliest roads on the East Coast. Its fast and technical, but as if that wasn’t enough, there were wet patches to navigate
After a successful, but challenging year on the downhill circuit, James Kelly comes home to ride some of his favorite hills. What we captured is James completely unbound; a freeride session as good anything we’ve seen in years. A day away from the pressures of racing, a day to remember why he started skating, a day to let loose and just ride fast…
James “The American Dream” Kelly is back on top of the podium, this time at the Morro Solar Race in Lima, Peru. It was a close final, with James narrowly taking the win. Congrats James! See the results here: http://www.internationaldownhillfederation.org/profiles/blogs/kelly-wins-morro-solar-lima-peru
Top Arbor skater, James Kelly the American Dream, has amazed us all with his unique ability to ride fast and do it with style. In this short video (filmed and edited by Jack Boston), we see first hand what it means to be the best in downhill. Watch James skate his Vugenhausen 50 mph through hairpin turns while making the most technical stand up slides look easy. James continues to prove why he is a total force in freeride skating.
The Highground is a tapered topmount that was designed to be a force on the racecourse; a speedboard that features a range of wheelbase positions, unique concave shaping techniques, and carefully placed flares that provide leverage points, and keep you locked in.
The Vügenhausen is a top mount built for speed. It offers superior traction and leverage over your trucks for race level performance. A stiff, symmetrical platform and gas pedals give you superior turn and drift control, with a micro drop and rocker for locked-in performance.
Arbor Skateboards Team riders went for it this weekend at the Whistler Longboard Festival with two podium placings. James Kelly grabbed a second place finish in the Downhill race, and Tyler Howell is on a winning spree, taking first place in the Big Air and Freestyle Jam. Tyler amazed onlookers with a Christ Air Backflip
With just enough direction, the team manages to meet up with Zarosh Eggleston in the sticks of Central California. An hour of dirt roads later, and they’re at his ranch enjoying his DIY spot, the relaxed lifestyle, and the local watering hole.
Another big weekend was celebrated by Arbor’s Skate Team. James Kelly won the Angie’s Curves Race in San Diego on his Arbor Vugenhausen, with Duke Degen taking second place on the new Highground. Surviving this gnarly race is a feat in itself, let alone top placings. Another big congratulations goes out to these guys for
Arbor Skateboards team rider Tyler Howell is one dedicated SOB. Check out his buttboarding follow run to capture James Kelly on the new 2013 Vugenhausen. He sacrificed his body in attempt to get the shot. Tyler is killing it!
The van moves on, and so does the Arbor Skateboards team.
Check out James Kelly taking first at Roscos Event in the Santa Cruz mountains. Thanks to Bay Sessions for the coverage and to Alex for the sick event. NorCal is always putting out the good vibes.
The Arbor Skateboards team continues north on their road trip up the coast of the Golden State, and pulls out into farm country for Day 2 of Get Elevated. Things get crowded and sketchy on a road with no name and center divider. Everyone stays safe and in their lane and the crew ends the day with a dune surfing session.
The Arbor Skateboards team is back on the road for Get Elevated 2012. In episode 1, they start their trek up the coast of California. Rising bright and early at Skate House in Los Angeles, they take off into the interior valley on their way up the Pacific Coast Highway.
Arbor Skateboards is preparing to release the followup to their successful Get Elevated video series released in 2011 with Get Elevated 2012. Follow James Kelly, Kody Noble, Max Myers, Duke Degen, Jimmy Riha, Adam Crigler, Kelly Carter, Casey Morrow, Eric Singer, Tyler Howell and all of their friends as they pack into a van head up the coast of California.
Arbor Skateboards team riders, James Kelly and Jimmy Riha spent some time skateboarding in the “Great White North” this year. James and Jimmy show some American style on the Canadian monster hill better known as Giants Head in British Columbia, Canada.
Last year, Arbor Skateboards team rider James Kelly won the Whistler Longboard Festival Presented by Arbor Skateboards. This year, he likely would have won it again had he not been taken out. Unfortunately that is part of the sport. Check out this recap of the finals and decide for yourself.
The entire Arbor Skateboards team is set to converge on the Whistler Village in British Columbia, Canada for the Arbor Skateboards Whistler Longboard Festival. That’s right we are the title sponsor and team rider, James Kelly will be looking to defend his title from last year’s event. Check out the video teaser and get hyped!
Arbor Skateboards is proud to release two additions to their Icon Downhill Series including the Prodigy and Cypher. These new offerings take the Arbor downhill program to a whole new level of excellence with the most technologically advanced skateboards they’ve ever brought to market. “We are really excited to be delivering high-performance downhill skateboards,” says
The Arbor Collective is proud to present its new 2012 skateboard line. Coming off a year off record sales, one would think the company would have left well enough alone but this is not the case. The design crew, in collaboration with Arbor’s expanded skateboard team, completely overhauled the collection. “We invested the success the
With the Greener Pastures filming section in Switzerland coming to a close, we were all ready to get to Kozakov and join the party. Oh yes, and practice the course with the best racers in the world, especially now that we had become comfortable with the European style road construction in a group dynamic. The
Episode 5 brings the 2011 Arbor Skateboards Get Elevated tour to an end. The crew is exhausted after a week of filming, but still determined to finish the project. Things get even more fun when Brad Farmer and the last team member, Josh Hunt, show up in the middle of the night. While at James’
Skateboarding in Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the most incredible ways to enjoy perfect conditions in such an impressive environment. When the riders became comfortable with their sometimes testing, yet blissful situation the true personalities of their character and skating style were revealed. FOR EPISODE 1 CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE 2 CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE
In this episode the Arbor Skateboard team including Duke Degen, Eric Singer, James Kelly, Max Myers, Kody Noble, and Jimmy Riha moves from one unbelievable locale to another. After leaving the twin facing roads behind, they make the commute to James’ cabin further north where they meet up with his Grandpa to share a drink
In the search to find the most challenging roads in Switzerland, EP3 highlights the supreme variety found, but on one hill. Oh yeah, and a gondola to the top! While free riding, a multitude of things can capture your focus, i.e., position of other riders, rough pavement, vehicles, guard rails, debris, what’s for lunch, etc.
The theme of unsure destinations and no plans continues in Episode 3 of Get Elevated. The crew decides not to head back into Yosemite and instead point the caravan in the opposite direction, heading on what they believe is the right path to the next stop. After getting lost, asking the mountain folk for directions,
It’s not the equipment; it’s the rider! Though in many cases, the choice of equipment can depict the style of the rider. The vast selection of longboarding gear on the market allows riders to get a feel for what works for them. The longboard companies who have sponsored Greener Pastures offer some of the best
This episode documents Day 2 and 3 of Arbor’s team trip though the Sierra’s also known as Get Elevated. James Kelly, Kody Noble, Max Myers, Eric Singer, Jimmy Riha and Duke Degen wake up after their first day of travel and gets into the “meat and potatoes” of the trip…skateboarding. They hit several spots, and
In the first installment of the 2011 Get Elevated Series, the Arbor Skateboards team including James Kelly, Kody Noble, Max Myers, Eric Singer, Jimmy Riha and Duke Degen meet up at the Skate House in Los Angeles before heading Northeast into the Sierras. After a long drive and by sheer serendipity, they find a driving guide which leads to a road nestled in the mountain range nearby.
In the middle of August this year, the Arbor Skateboard team stepped out into the Sierra mountains with a common purpose. The idea behind the project was simple and ambitious, trek into the wilderness, and skate roads we’ve never skated before. The thrill was in the hunt, and the end product is indicative and inclusive
Arbor Skateboards team rider, James Kelly gives you a tour through a couple of his favorite longboarding spots in his hometown of Petaluma, California. Get to know James Kelly!
“Greener Pastures” film series is hosted in Switzerland which encompasses a great diversity of landscapes offering an abundance of opportunity for places to film and explore. The purpose of “Greener Pastures” is to expose some of the best skating with some of the best riders on earth in a high quality production. It is clear
Arbor piloto del equipo, James Kelly, con su amigo Louis Pilloni hosintg se produce un atasco de diapositivas en la República Dominicana. Si usted puede leer esto, esperamos que usted estará allí.
As video production gets higher and higher and HD takes over everything, sometimes we just want a raw run to look at. Something down and dirty and fast. In this video Jimmy Riha captures a practice run of James Kelly and friend Louis Pilloni at the Whistler Longboard Festival. What a course and what a run.
It’s officially a wrap when the video comes out. Here’s one more chance to catch Arbor Skateboards team rider, James Kelly winning the race at the Whistler Longboard Festival 2011. Click here to read the full event wrap up story on SkateSlate.
Congratulations to James Kelly for winning the King of the Hill race at theMaryhill Festival of Speed located in Goldendale, Washington fresh off his back to back victories in Canada. This particular race went down between the top six qualifiers at the event. James ended up falling out early in the main event but had
Arbor Skateboards team rider, James Kelly has take back to back victories in Canada winning the Sky Land inKelowna and the Whistler Longboard Festival in, well, Whistler. Congratulations to James Kelly and look out Maryhill…here he comes. The rest of the Arbor team who made the trek including Max Myers, Duke Degen And Jimmy Riha
This is one of our favorite videos from the summer of 2010 so we decided to replay it to get everyone pumped up for the approaching summer. Some tasty waves and a mellow push down the boardwalk is all we need. To check out the new 2011 skateboard line click here!
The Arbor Collective is pleased to announce that its 2011 line of skateboards is now available. Arbor continues to develop sustainable riding solutions that blend responsible materials, next-level technology and real world art into the best designs available. “Today we offer a wider range of products and perspective than at any time in our past,”
James Kelly is featured in a new skateboard movie coming out called DROP. All of the footage in the movie was shot before James joined the Arbor team but we support him past, present and future and we’re really amped to see him in this stunning new movie that documents a little known but fast
Arbor Skateboards freeride team riders Eric Singer, Max Myers, Kody Noble and James Kelly set out on a quest to find the storied Vügenhausen. It was thought it be a fairy tale, a legend, a myth, but it turns out this ultimate weapon of downhill skateboarding is real and it’s now available at Arbor skateboard
This is a self shot video by James Kelly. He’s bombing a steep road in Southern California on his Arbor Vugenhausen downhill skateboard which hits stores in March of 2011.
It’s one of those events that you have to be in the know to attend. You can probably find more info by searching on Facebook but we can be sure because it’s an outlaw event. We are know one thing…most of the Arbor freeride skateboard team with be there. It’s a slide jam of epic
New Arbor Skateboards team rider, James Kelly along with Max Myers, Eric Singer and friends took a quick trip to Madagascar last week and got a rowdy crew together for the sole purpose of leaving some urethane behind on one of our favorite hills. The birds were chirping, sun was shining, and gnar was definitely
Arbor Skateboards is proud to welcome James Kelly to their freeride skateboard team. “We couldn’t be more stoked to be bringing one of the best skateboarders in the quickly growing freeride/downhill scene onto the Arbor team,” says Arbor’s team director, Brad Farmer. “James has a lot of natural talent and his understanding of what it
We’re about to tell you but it might kill you waiting a couple of more days. Stay sane… here’s a clue.