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Game of Skate #22

The rain has been torturous these past two weeks. It’s been impossible to skate throughout the entirety of ATL’s best skating season. The rain postponed Game of Skate 22 once. And, when the skies tried to shut down Game of Skate 22 for a second time, we said “nope”. Welcome to the first Game of Skate ever played inside the shop.

It was a little crazy trying to pack everyone into the shop. Much thanks to those that adapted to the circumstances with us. That’s what skateboarding is all about.

In the end, it was a battle. Here are the Division Winners:

Beginner Division:
1st Place: Andrew Bladwin
2nd Place: Gilberto Ortiz
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: John Summerour
2nd Place: Juan Alcantar
3rd Place: Daniel Garcia

Advance Division:
1st Place: Zeke Logan
2nd Place: Garrett Haschke
3rd Place: Wes Lembo

We are grateful to have such a supportive local community that is down to do whatever it takes to make skateboarding fun. The weather gave us lemons and you helped us make lemonade.

Very special thanks to Vans, Red Bull, and all of our sponsors. You made this event great.

2016 Snow Product Preview – AmbushBoardCo.

Temperatures are slowly dropping.  Football is back in full swing on the television.  It’s time to start thinking about booking an epic snowboarding trip for you and your buddies to take this winter while airfare is still cheap.  The mountain is calling.  We know you’ve got the itch!

Here is our list of items we’ve got coming in that you should keep an eye out for this season as you start thinking about updating your gear.  Consider this our version of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for slaying the mountain this year.  Check it out:

  1. Stomp Pads

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the Jabroni holding up the lift line because you just had a garage sale getting off at the top.

Lift Jabroni

Save yourself the embarrassment and pick up a proper stomp pad.  We have fresh ones from your favorite brands like Burton, Volcom, Lib Tech, and Dakine…or from your new favorite stomp pad brand – Crab Grab.

Crab Grab

@crabgrab (Instagram)

Their sh*t is bananas!  Join the revolution against slippage and get one for your snowboard.

  1. Socks

For the love of God, please throw away those cotton tube socks you keep next to your bed for…um…riding?  Seriously, don’t ride in cotton socks.   Unless you’re cool with your feet feeling like this while snowboarding:

The Shining

Like stomp pads, we’ve got a good range of options from different brands – click here.

But, let’s highlight the hottest selling brand with the sickest prints/colors to choose from – Stance.  This brand has been blowing up over the past couple of years.  First in skate, then in snow, now they’re making high-performance socks for basketball and golf!  Stance is a definite winner in our book.

Be kind to your feet and give Stance socks a serious look this season.  New styles for 2016 will be dropping on the site any day now!

  1. Helmets

Head protection while snowboarding has become more of the norm these days.  If you’re not already wearing one, you’re probably the odd man out on the hill.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic styles like the Rodan, Griffon, or Talan from Anon or the Pivot, Maze, or Gage from Smith.

This is something that I’m definitely going to add to my gear bag this season, just make sure you get the proper size for your head to avoid that dreaded “gaper gap” between your goggles and your helmet.

Gaper Gap

No one is going to want to share an après-ski brewski with you if you’re rocking an obnoxious gaper gap.  Plus…that makes for a wicked tan line on your forehead that is going to be hard to explain.

This is what a correct fit should look like:

Proper Goggle Helmet Fit

  1. Outerwear

Here’s the fun part: you get to put together the sickest Jacket/Pant combo you can possibly find and pray, pray that you don’t run into your outerwear twin on the mountain.

If you spot them and have to cross paths, just play it cool like Tom Cruise in Top Gun…you’ll always get the girl – haha.

She's Lost It

For 2016, there are still a lot of good-looking earth tones in most of the outerwear.  We aren’t going to look like a bunch of highlighters out on snowboards like we did back in 2008 with all those crazy 80s neon colors, but there is something for everyone if that’s still your thing.

You can’t go wrong with a time-tested and proven SMARTY Form Jacket or SMARTY Cargo Pant from 686.

686 Smarty Graphic

Every SMARTY product, both jackets and pants, comes with a removable liner you can leave in or take, making them perfect for any riding condition.

  1. Bindings

2016 Union Force– This bad boy has been in Union’s line for 11 tears strong now…for a reason.

It’s the binding that help put Union on the map and has withstood the tests of time.  Coming in at $219.99, the Union Force offers a huge bang for your buck, with its low profile, lightweight metal construction, and lifetime warranty on the baseplate.  The Force is solid for any style of riding – groomers, park, or backcountry.

16 Union Force

Homerun here, get you a pair in either Black, if you want to fly under the radar, or go with Orange if you want some pop.  Hell, go halfsies with a buddy and each of you swap one binding to get a unique Black and Orange combo!  Union Bindings never disappoint.

2016 Flow Nexus Binding – Another binding to hone in on would be the Flow Nexus.  It packs a heavy punch and is loaded with tons of great features.

2016 Flow Nexus

It offers lightweight construction, canted foot beds to help relieve stress off your knees and ankles, it’s perfect for any type of riding, and features Flow’s original rear entry design that’s made the brand stand apart from everyone else and made a name for the company.

The rear entry system makes these bindings incredibly easy to get in or out of on the fly without having to sit down every time you.

Don’t like rear entry?  Not a problem .  Flow’s new ratchet system allows you to run this binding as a rear-entry binding or traditional entry where you ratchet down the straps before each use.  Versatility is key!

Be sure to check out ALL the new Flow Bindings for 2016

  1. Goggles

Goggles should always be about function and fit, but…if you know what you like/need, you can turn this into a complimentary item that references to your outerwear selection.

We will have TONS of great goggles from top brands like Anon, Smith, Dragon, Spy, VonZipper, and Electric to name a few, but keep an eye out for Oakley’s PRIZM Goggles for 2016.

16 Oakley PRIZM Goggles

Total game-changer…Oakley says, “You will never see snow the same again.” See what they mean by watching this: Oakley Prizm Snow Goggle Video.  PRIZM Technology allows you to shred in practically any light condition without having to change lenses at all.  Killer.

The PRIZM lens is designed to pick up every detail and contrast on the mountain, allowing you to navigate trails, groomers, or the backcountry…and keeping you from getting gobbled up by the Snow Yeti from that Ski Free computer game.  I hated that guy.

Ski Free Yeti

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We’ll have PRIZM goggles coming in the Airbreak, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Canopy, A-Frame, and Crowbar styles.  They’ll be online for purchase any day now – Oakley Prizm.

  1. Boots

ThirtyTwo Light JP Boot – Every year, ThirtyTwo releases stellar boots into the market that have the perfect blend of classic styling and a twist of something unique.  The “Light  JP” boot is a prime example of that.

16 32 Light JP

Quite easily the lightest boots on the market, these bad boys are slick.  The Articulated Cuff and one-to-one lasting on these boots give you a ton of mobility without being bulky.  And, ultimately shedding extra weight down to the bare essentials, these snowboard boots give you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

JP Walker’s pro model boot is ready for anything you throw at it and for a great price, too.

  1. Snowboards

Arbor Westmark Rocker Snowboard – We’re bringing Arbor snowboards back on board this year and couldn’t be more excited about it.  They’ve always had a compelling and very Eco-friendly story as a snowboarding company, and we respect that.  These guys know what’s up when it comes to making solid boards.

A board we’d like to highlight is a multiple Good Wood award winner called the Westmark Rocker – check it out:

16 Arbor Westmark Rocker

This is a true all-terrain slayer.  It’s got enough flex for endless butters and stylish jibbin’, but enough bite to bomb any hill or charge anything at higher speeds without losing stability.  That’s what I’m talking about, all thanks to Arbor’s Grip Tech contact points for that added bite while carving around.  Oh, yeah…it also comes with a 3-year warranty.  Let me say that again, a 3-YEAR WARRANTY.  We love it!

Lib Tech Hot Knife fundaMENTAL Snowboard – Okay…unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of Lib Tech’s Banana Technology.  It changed the snow industry by featuring a counter-culture REVERSE CAMBER or what we now call “rocker” profile.

16 Lib Tech Hot Knife FM

Rocker is keeping the snowboard industry thriving by making it easier for new riders to learn.  For more seasoned riders, brands like Lib Tech are blending traditional camber profiles with rocker profiles to get the best of both worlds.  Playful flex when you need it…combined with unrelenting grip for power carves.

16 Hot Knife C3 Tech Graph

C3-Tech is what Lib Tech calls this blended profile found in the “Hot Knife” model.  Camber from your bindings to the tip and tail of the board and the perfect amount of rocker between your bindings gives you a playful board.

Add a Hot Knife to your quiver and see what it feels like to shred on easily one of the most versatile boards on the market for intermediate to advanced riders.  You’ll thank us later.  This is one of the hottest boards out on the market right now…landing at our #1 slot!

There you have it, a quick rundown of our Most Wanted Items for 2016.  We’re stoked for the season to get started just like you are!

Look through your gear bag tonight to see what needs upgrading and snag it while it’s fresh on your mind – has got you covered.

Here’s to an EPIC season!

Ambush x DLX: The Build Project

Ambush and Deluxe have been teaming up to push skateboarding for decades, so when DLX came to us with the idea of The Build Project, we jumped on it.

The premise is simple, DLX stocked a donation bucket with $50 starter cash and sent it to our shop (in addition to many other shops throughout the country). We had 30 days to take donations from our local community and build a DIY spot with that money. After a month we raised $452 and were ready to build.

Our shop team (both employees and riders), along with a select group of homies spent 4 days building and came up with this.

We hope you enjoy skating it and take this opportunity to build more features at Speed Zone. Special thanks to Deluxe and our local skate culture. You guys made this happen.

Zeke Logan – Caswell’s Choice Winner

Volcom’s Wild in the Parks tour had a tumultuous visit to Atlanta. The contest was originally slated to take place at the Kennesaw Skatepark, but days of unrelenting rain moved the event to Hazard County Skatepark. From there, it was all sunny skies and rainbows, particularly for our very own Zeke Logan.

Zeke won Caswell’s Choice as the longtime pro’s favorite skater at the Atlanta Wild in the Parks stop. As part of Zeke’s recognition, he got to skate with the Volcom team at his favorite spots throughout Atlanta. Check the vid from the day:

And, Zeke has an open invitation to compete in the Wild in the Parks finals at The Berrics as well. Wish him luck.


The Coalition Vol. 2: Ambush Riders and Friends

Wakeboarding on a whole new level!

Our good friend and team rider, Wesley Mark Jacobsen, not only filmed this, but is one of the handful of riders shredding Valdosta Wake Compound to pieces.  You are going to need to set aside 12 minutes of your day and watch this three times in a row!  Once it hit Alliance Wake the internet was briefly shut down, but thankfully it’s back up and running for your pleasure.  This is some heavy wakeboarding.  100%!

Riders: Quinn Silvernale (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), WMJ (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Terry Bailey, Blake Bishop (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Justin Lee (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Gaddy (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Mertes (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Cole Vanthof (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Wes Huber, Crosse Bearden, Cody Oxford, and Jefferson Mathis.

Follow us for more epic videos and make sure you share this with your friends!

Ambush Crew Wakesurf Review

A few of us decided to grab some of the industry leading surfers and give you a little inside look and share our thoughts.  Our main goal is obvious…we just want to ride behind our Nautique Boats G21 w/ NSS as much as humanly possible every week.  We loaded the boat full of boards from Hyperlite, Slingshot, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, and Inland Surfer.  We even have a little sneak peak with a 2016 Slingshot that you’re sure to love!

*** Videos require buffering so just press play…wait till it’s fully buffered then press play again.

2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi – Billy

Billy HiFi

This was my first time riding one of Hyperlite’s Dura-Shell construction boards.  The Dura-Shell construction really adds some needed durability to the surfer and also sheds a TON of weight off the board.A few things I noticed when picking up the board for the first time was the overall weight.  Sucker is LIGHT.  I also really liked that the board had a hard edge profile that ran tip to tail.  For a skim-style board, this is essential since this style of board is typically pretty loose on the water.  Finally, the fins.  This surfer does not come with a traditional surf (fish-shaped) fin, instead it comes with 3 – 0.8” P-Wings that provide just enough grip while allowing you to free up the board easily for spins and shuv’s.

After my set on the board, I had to really adjust to how loose it was.  I ran it with two of the 0.8” P-Wing fins in the outside positions.  Centered up on the board it had just enough edge-hold to carve around without any worries, but if you started to cheat your feet towards either side of the board to gain more edge hold the board did free up unexpectedly causing me to slip out several times.  Stay centered on the board and you’ll be able to cruise in the pocket, drift back, and set up for tricks very easily.  Next time, I will try it with one center fin in the back to see if I like it better.

Overall, the Hi-Fi wasn’t my favorite ride ever since I tend to like surf-style boards over skim-style.  But, if you’re into skim-style boards this one is going to be your jam!  Pick one up and give it a shot…the 2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi won’t disappoint.

2015 Ronix Koal Powertail – Nick

Gaddy Head Down

The Ronix Koal Powertail was a good time after a bit of getting used too. At first, I kept slipping out on my toes at the top of the wave unexpectedly. It felt solid and stable at the bottom of the wave but as soon as I got to the top I would get sent to my face. Super weird, but it could’ve just been the fact that I haven’t ridden a different board in awhile. Other than that, I liked the big shape, it really added some stability and drive and with some time I think I’d really like it. I’ll give her another shot for sure!


2015 Liquid Force TC Custom Skim – Lee

Liquid Force TC Skim

The word “skim” usually denotes a board that is super loose on the surface of the water. Skim style wakesurfers are typically made for more advanced wakesurfers that want to be able to whip surface 360s, boost airs, and pop shuvits. And, although the Liquid Force TC Custom Skim is built for that, I was pleasantly surprised by how stable the board was. The board has a more locked in rail-to-rail feel that can be utilized when performing more surf style tricks. And, the board can easily be broken free when attempting skim style tricks. It’s a great all around board for both approaches.

I would recommend this board for riders that are looking for a more user-friendly skim style surfer or anyone that wants the best of both skim style and surf style worlds.


2015 Byerly Buzz / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Cole

Cole Cobra Cat

Slingshot- The Slingshot Cobra Cat XR is a very responsive board. The deep channels along the edge of the board make for very quick turns from edge to edge. The wider squash tail gives it a lot of speed when pumping the wave and also makes for easy releases when trying airs. This board is great for someone who is looking to take there surf style riding to the next level!  Byerly Buzz – The Byerly Buzz is by far the most easy riding surf style board out there. It’s shaped by the surfing legend himself, Scott Bouchard and you can tell cause it has those true surfy characteristics that you want in a board. The pin tail makes it very responsive when making quick turns and cuts at the wave. I rode with all 3 fins and it gave me plenty of drive to build speed but also was able to make the board release with ease. This board is a all around great surfer for anyone to ride.


2015 Byerly Hazzard – Eric

Eric Surf

For me…wakesurfing is about having fun and trying to capture the feel of riding a real surfboard on a real wave…and I get that when I’m on the Byerly Hazard.  In my estimation, Butch is one of two true shapers in wake (the other being Jimmy Redmon).  Butch’s serious ability as a shaper shows through in the Hazard.  It’s highly maneuverable, it stays in the pocket well, it’s fast when you want it to be, you can stall it when you need to, and the surfer never wants to dive or pearl like some of the others I’ve ridden.  The Hazard can be used in a variety of fin configurations.  I like riding it as a quad.

2015 Inland Surfer Blue Lake / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Derek

Derek Slingshot Surfer

My dark horse is defiantly the Blue Lake by Inland Surfer.  Coming in at 8 pounds and 5’4″ it was the biggest and heaviest board in the group that we had and I thought no way this would be fun.  After a few carves in I really enjoyed how responsive it was.  I was able to throw it around and move towards and away from the boat with ease.  The Blue Lake’s size is ideal for beginners to advanced riders no doubt and would make for a great wakesurfer that anyone can ride if you had to choose just one for the boat.  My personal favorite and one you need to keep an eye out for is the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.   I was floored when it arrived just looking at it.  The details are overly impressive like the Carbon Innegra Rails, traditional surf-style nose, and my new personal favorite FCSII fins.  FCSII is designed for quick, easy and toolless fin customization which comes straight from the Surf Industry.   Slingshot basically sent me a surf board from the future and I couldn’t wait to surf it.   My first few rides I used the stock FCSII blue glassflex fins and I liked how the board performed.  I felt in control and really enjoyed the speed and how the board reacted.  The boys over at Alliance Wakesurf put me in contact with Matt Jones from Surf Hardware International and he sent me the new FCSII Neoglass fiberglass mold injected fins to try out with the board.

So what’s the difference you ask?  Tons of performance!  The fins are a little stiffer and shaped thinner in profile which really made the board light and lively under my feet.  If you want you can see the endless amount of options with FCSII fins…from injected to Carbon Fiber fins your options of riding feel are endless.  I’m defiantly going to be putting some hours into the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.  This is one of those surfers that you can relax and ride or kickstart the accelerated rocker line and charge up and down the wave for a wicked expression session.  Keep an eye out for this wakesurf board soon!

Baker Skateboards Demo at Kennesaw Skatepark


Scientists claim that the surface of the sun is 9,940 degrees fahrenheit. I don’t know what temps we hit on Friday for the Baker Skateboards demo at the Kennesaw Skatepark, but it felt like we were all watching the Baker Boys from a cosmic ball of fire.

The only thing more fire than the weather were the hammers being thrown by skateboarding’s hottest team. In case you missed it, check the vid.



Special thanks to Andrew Reynolds, Cyril Jackson, T-Funk, Figgy, Terry Kennedy, Kevin Long, Dee Ostrander, Shane Heyl, Bryan Herman, Rowan Zorilla, Jake Hayes, Nuge, Riley Hawk, Dustin Dollin, Sammy Baca, Neckface, Beagle, and Doughnut. Much respect from the Ambush crew.



Trip Across North America with Harley Clifford


Last week we treated some of our special customers to a day on the lake with Harley Clifford. They were able to demo new Liquid Force wakeboards and wakesurfers, take a set behind the Ambush Nautique G-21, and, of course, meet and greet with Harley himself.

And, everybody killed it. The level of riding was incredible. It must have been the boards.



Much thanks to Matt Long, Harley Clifford, Ben Watts, Mark Roche, and the whole Liquid Force crew.

Go Skateboarding Day 2015


Go Skateboarding Day is all about getting the community together and sharing in our collective love of skateboarding. It’s a day of reflection about how much better your life is that you have skateboarding in it. It’s about friendship and camaraderie. It’s a celebration of the experiences you have on that board no one can take away from you. It’s the most wonderful day of the year.

We celebrated Go Skateboarding Day with our friends at the Kennesaw Skatepark. It was a scorcher of a day, but that didn’t stop 200 skaters from honoring Go Skateboarding Day with us. The day started with a free skate. Anyone that landed a solid trick was quickly rewarded with some swag from our shop. The afternoon morphed into an impromptu best trick contest that was owner by Olivier Lucero and Khalif Muhammad.


Best Trick Winners Olivier Lucero and Khalif Muhammad

Best Trick Winners Olivier Lucero and Khalif Muhammad


And, since it was Father’s Day, we put on a father/son father/daughter best trick contest as well. It was killer seeing generations of skateboarders shredding together and having some family bonding time. Families that skate together stay together.


Upper left: Teegan and Chris Saari. Upper right: Bob and Ezra Boutwell. Bottom: Kele, Tristyn, and Jason Maney.

Upper left: Teegan and Chris Saari. Upper right: Bob and Ezra Boutwell. Bottom: Kele, Tristyn, and Jason Maney.


Check the video recap of the day:



Special thanks to the City of Kennesaw, Kennesaw Skatepark, and the Kennesaw Parks and Rec Department, Street League, Organika, and Expedition for all your support. You helped make Go Skateboarding Day special for all that participated.



Harley Clifford Ride Day


Once a year Body Glove rolls through town to reward loyal Body Glove and Ambush customers with a day on the lake with one of their team riders. Last Sunday, Body Glove and rider (and the best wakeboarder on the planet), Harley Clifford, spent the day on Lake Allatoona with seven of our best supporters.

Harley cured everyone’s  Pro Tour Block Party hangover with a killer set behind the Ambush Nautique G-21. For most of the riders in the boat, it was the first time they were able to experience that level of riding up close and in person.


Harley Clifford Blowin' Minds

Harley Clifford Blowin’ Minds


Then, it was time for the fans to ride.


Kyle Butler Slayshin'

Kyle Butler Slayshin’

Mac Rubright mid Tantrum

Mac Rubright mid-Tantrum

A.J. Petrillo in the Clouds

A.J. Petrillo in the Clouds


A.J. Petrillo’s run inspired Harley and the two decided to take a doubles set.


A.J. Boosting over Harley

A.J. Boosting over Harley

Harley's Raley over A.J.

Harley’s Raley over A.J.

Body Glove High Fives

Body Glove High Fives

Inverted Body Glove High Fives

Inverted Body Glove High Fives


After the water started to get blown out, the wake surf sessions began. Each rider treated the Nautique G-21 wake like their personal chopping block.


Frank Maiolo Trimming down the Line

Frank Maiolo Trimming down the Line

Chad Smallwood Getting Comfy

Chad Smallwood Getting Comfy

Claire Doyle Showing the Boys How its Done

Claire Doyle Showing the Boys How its Done

A Determined Drew Carter

A Determined Drew Carter

Followed by a set at Terminus Wake Park to finish the day.

Check the video of the event:


Much thanks to Body Glove, Harley Clifford, Kevin Michael, Joe McNulty, A.J. and Jamie Petrillo, Drew Carter, Frank Maiolo, Chad Smallwood, Kyle Butler, Claire Doyle, and Mac Rubright. It was a fun day.

Harley Ride Day Crew (L to R): A.J. Petrillo, Drew Carter, Joe McNulty, Frank Maiolo, Chad Smallwood, Harley Clifford, Kyle Butler, Mac Rubright, Claire Doyle

Harley Ride Day Crew (L to R): A.J. Petrillo, Drew Carter, Joe McNulty, Frank Maiolo, Chad Smallwood, Harley Clifford, Kyle Butler, Mac Rubright, Claire Doyle