Towell’s Translation :: Arbor Collective

Tyler Howell, aka Towell, is mostly known for going way too fast on his skateboard. His smooth, powerful style while charging hairy roads is what sets him apart from other downhill skateboarders.


When Towell isn’t in the hills of Santa Barbara he can usually be found at a local break working on his surfing. “Lately I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from surfing while I’m on my skateboard. It’s so fun trying to pump my skate and generate speed the same way I do in the water, it’s also opened my eyes to some different lines on the road.”

Since surfing sidewalks is where skateboarding originated from, we thought it would be cool to showcase Tyler taking that surf/skate mentality to the next level. After seeing Towell’s style on some of Southern California’s fastest roads juxtaposed with footage from the water the translation between his skating and surfing becomes clear.