It’s been a while since I posted anything that involved skateboarding, and since it’s Friday afternoon in the early days of autumn I thought the video would be a good one to post. While the skating in the video is impressive, thats not what caught my eye. What got me all wound up was the quality of the production, the editing, the choice of soundtrack, the color treatment, and the overall visual of the video Arbor Collective Skateboards produced to introduce the James Kelly pro model.
At about the one minute twenty mark, when thy roll out of slow motion and into regular timed footage you get a sense of just how fast this guy is going. Let me just say, he’s hauling ass.
A life time ago I was an avid skateboarder. I spent hours at the skate park and on the streets honing my skills on a variety of 4 wheeled planks. Back in the 80’s the trend was for shorter wider boards designed to be ridden in pools and half pipes. The long boards of the 60’s had given way to a new style of riding. Longboarding is making a serious comeback though, and if you are going to take it up, you might as well do it in style.
Loyal Dean makes hand crafted longboards from recycled Oak, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Bubinga and Teak. The design team has over 25 years of experience and it shows. The boards echo the look of old school surf boards and the longboards of yesteryear. The line consists of four decks that range in price from $360.00 to $400.00. A price that seems pretty fair for a hand crafted original from California.