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Cataloochee Day Trips

The schedule for the next week just got posted. You check to see what your week looks like. Then, you notice you and all your friends have the same day off. It’s snowboard season. What do you do? Take a day trip to Cataloochee.

The boys hit the road last week and spent their collective day off in the mountains of North Carolina. The day started with a meet up at 6:30 am, then the 3-hour drive to Cataloochee, followed by 6 hours of snowboarding. For most of them, it was the first session on the mountain all winter. For all, it was a a great way to spend the day.

Next time you and all your homies have the day off together, make the most of it. Do something different. Do something together. And, most importantly, have fun.

 

Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot.

Looks are always deceiving and what sometimes looks insane isn’t and vice versa. Recently, I saw a new trick done on the famous bank to wall at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and it got me thinking…You don’t have worry about deceptive angles or anything at Garfield High because anything done on that wall or surrounding embankments is wild. I have never visited spot but it should be in Thrasher Magazine’s table book Insane Terrain if it isn’t.

Click around on Google street view for yourself…talk about a dream spot.

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Naturally there are a ton of options at Garfield and a ton of shit has gone down but here are some of my favorites that have gone down at the school. In no particular order.

Georgie Tsushima Wallie Bluntslide

If this trick doesn’t hit you like a sack of bricks then I don’t know what would. RIP, Georgie

All of Nolan Johnson’s tricks

Nolan looks like he just hopped a train and if I saw him out I’d imagine he would be better suited at busking for change rather than ripping, a true original. Hope to see more footage from him soon!

Judo

Drop

Backside Boneless

Erick Winkowski’s Invert

Erick Winkowski seems like he has been getting way more coverage recently than he ever did as a team rider for Welcome Skateboards. This invert at Garfield is a prime example of how gnarly this guy is. Also I recommend watching OJ Wheel’s recent tour video to Hawaii for more of Erick ripping.

Jordan Sanchez’s No Comply Boardslide

Jordan Sanchez has been killing it for forever and was one of our favorites on Boulevard. We couldn’t be more excited for his recent pro nod. Good looks, Welcome skateboards.

All of these clips get me hyped and hopefully someday I can do some skate tourism in Seattle, Washington and visit this #Insaneterrain . I leave this last tidbit  for all you music nerds out there, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield High before he dropped out Junior year.

 

 

Are You Ready to Shred? | ABC Snow Set Ups

Coming at you HOT with a little 1, 2, 3 punch of suggested snowboarding set ups for three of my favorite riding conditions.  Check them out here and make sure you’re prepared!

Dumping/Powder Day

 

Powder Day

Set Up:

WHY – On days when it’s dumping or you’ve been blessed by the Powder Gods that reign supreme over each mountain range, speed and response win the game.  Having a setup that is hard charging and able to carry speed through powder is key.  Stiffer boots and bindings help with the transition of power edge to edge and also help with driving through turns as you navigate the mountain.  Warmer outerwear, especially gloves, help in case you take a spill in the deep fluffy stuff and have to slowly inch worm your way back to the hard pack.  Also, get a solid pair of goggles with a low-light lens…like the Oakley Flight Deck w/ Prizm Rose Lens.  This will help with being able to see the terrain in front of you during low-light/grey sky riding conditions.  Another item to think about is a hood, not the one attached to your jacket, but a secondary.  Peep this one from Airhole above to keep the snow out as you get chest deep on such an epic day!  Oh yeah, don’t forget your snorkel – haha.

Blue Bird Day

                Blue Bird Day | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Honestly, this is my favorite kind of riding condition.  Sure, who doesn’t like it when it’s dumping snow…but…I absolutely LOVE it when it’s just perfect.  For days like this, grab your best all-mountain board and boots/bindings that give you support when you need it but offer some flex when you get the itch for some freestyle or park riding.  I like the Machete from Ride, the Custom Flying V from Burton, or the Metal Gnuru from GNU for days like these…personally, I ride the Metal Gnuru.  One of the best boards I’ve ridden in a long time.  Make sure you also go with some lighter to mid-weight outerwear and gloves since you’ll probably be up and down the mountain all day long.  This will help you regulate temperature better and not to over-heat during your session.  A pair of goggles with a nice mirror tint to them helps when the sun is beating down on the slopes and then reflecting back up into your face.  You don’t notice it, but having something to help block some of the UV transmission really helps protect your eyes while enjoying the day.  Also, treat yourself to any and all opportunities to try local beers around the mountain.  Those guys ride and brew for a living to…they’ve usually got something to compliment your day for the perfect apres-ski brewski!  Cheers!

East Coast/Ice Coast Riding

               Tubing | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Just Kidding…but seriously, it was in the 70’s this December all the way up the East Coast.  While it was nice to keep rocking flip-flops and riding with the top down/doors off on my Wrangler until New Year’s Day…I’m welcoming the cold that has finally crept in and allowing our resorts here on the E. Coast to start compiling snow.

IceCoast | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Being an East Coast native myself, I long for the trips out West of the Mississippi to go riding.  They always end up being a blast.  But, for the times when I stay more localized during the season, I typically gravitate towards boards that have features like Lib Tech’s “Magnatraction” or Arbor’s “Grip-Tech” contact points.  It helps when cutting through ice patches that are notorious here on the “Ice Coast”…I mean East Coast.  Also, things typically end up being more freestyle/park oriented on the East Coast since our runs are shorter…grab a board/boot/binding set up like the one above to ensure you have something soft and flexible enough to make the most of your day!  A lighter to mid-weight outerwear/glove combo works here too.  Sometimes, riding in a base layer and a shirt is all you need.  There’s something freeing about riding with the bare essentials from time to time…it’s liberating for sure.  Any goggles work really, just be mindful of the light conditions for the day…more light transmission on overcast days and less light transmission (something with some mirror or tint) on brighter days.  Also, don’t forget your ice scraper…you might need it when you go to load back up in the car.  Knock that ice that accumulated on your windshield off while you were charging the mountain before you head home!

Don’t forget, it’s always good to think about base layer and riding socks too.  Essential part of each rider’s gear…no matter where you’re riding.  Be sure to check out what we’ve got from Dakine, Stance, Under Armour, and Burton to make sure you’ve got your bases covered!

Now, get out there and RIDE!  It is go time and don’t forget to pick up anything you might need from AmbushBoardCo.com or come by the shop to see anything in person!

Converse One Star Skate Shoe w/ Wes Lembo

Wes took some time to do work with the new Converse One Star skate shoes!  Watch the video and then swing by the shop or grab a pair online!

Five Reasons Why I Won’t Be Skateboarding Saturday

Unless you are lucky and get to skateboard for a living, the older you get, naturally, the less time you have to skateboard.  Priorities change from chasing the next session to chasing the next paycheck.  These are just the facts of life.

As aging adult skateboarders, after we’ve put in our 40-50+ hour work week you would think that we’d be excited to skate.  Well, that isn’t always the case.  I certainly can’t speak for all adult skateboarders, but here are my top five reasons I will not be skateboarding Saturday.

Slams

You know it, I know it, slams are very capable of extinguishing any desire to skateboard.  Why is that?  If I see someone eat shit, I’m not stoked, I’m done!  On the flipside of that, there are humans  who seemingly love to slam (think Leo Romero).  Whatever your stance is on slamming, I think we can all agree that seeing slams invariably sucks.  Sorry @hallofmeat but I had to unfollow :(

Hungover

Maybe it’s a poor excuse but, come on, don’t act like after a long work week you don’t fancy a couple cold brews…or 15.  I find myself often letting my Friday nights ruin my Saturday sessions.  So let’s raise our glasses to waking up, turning the phone OFF, and not skating because we are too hungover!

Women

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Whether it’s having a honey do list or your significant other has the day off, ladies have a real knack for putting an end to your session.  Not everyone falls victim to this.  A lot of skateboarders better halves are supportive of “skateboard time,” but let’s face it, we all have a friend who will pull the “ole lady” excuse 9 out of 10 times.

Broke

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The older I get, the more expensive skateboarding gets, too.  Maybe it seems more expensive considering my finances are more restricted due to drinking and women (both are expensive).  However, I do remember a time when I could skate all Saturday on just a few dollars.  Grab enough cash to to chip in on gas and whatever is left goes towards the dollar menu.  Now, the post session meal typically involves a restaurant and drinks.  So let’s tack on 10 or 15 bucks on an already tight budget and staying home is looking nice.

Other Hobbies

As much as I love skateboarding, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and focus on other activities.  Typically, I always end up appreciating skateboarding more and sometimes even skate better after a small break.  So, consider getting out of your comfort zone and learn something new on your next day off.  Trust me, you won’t lose your kickflips.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections.  Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music.  So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.

Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)

Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them.  From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate.  For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape.  I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life.  I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video.  Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers.  Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels.

So what about PJ Ladd’s WHL’s credits/outro make it so memorable?  Well, mainly it features a lot of shenanigans and still serves as the biggest glimpse into the PJ’s enigmatic life to date.  Top it all off with a splash of Britpop and a clip of someone focusing a complete skateboard at a mall shop and you have a real winner.  Thanks, PJ.  That little blue cassette will forever have a special home in our hearts and VCRs.

 

 

Plan B’s Virtual Reality (1993)

Admittedly, I am too young to have seen this video when it came out.  However, I was lucky enough to score all four of the original Plan B videos (Questionable, Virtual Reality, Second Hand Smoke and The Revolution) on VHS in the early ’00s.  Needless to say, I have spent countless hours carefully dissecting each and every original Plan B video to the point it may be considered unhealthy.  A lot of Virtual Reality is burned into my memory; the Blind section, Mike Caroll’s line at the Gold Rail in DC, but I think the credits may take the cake as my favorite ever.  The field recording of the homeless man playing “Here comes the sun” is so sick, I can’t write anything about it that would do it justice. Just watch it here:

 

 

Antisocial’s Self-Titled Video (2004)

During my more formative years, it seemed as though our neighbors to the North could do no wrong.  Canada was setting the benchmark high for skateboard culture.   This can be attributed to an output of amazing independent videos and vibrant skate scenes.  Side note: they even stealthily snuck in a SOTY award in there, too.  When examining early ’00s Canadian skateboarding, please don’t let Mark Appleyard’s accolades  overshadow what I believe is an incredibly important shop video.  Antisocial’s self-titled video, featured stellar parts from Keegan Sauder, Quinn Starr, and last but not least, a Rick McCrank part that features a couple really underrated switch flips.  This video’s music direction really is second to none and I applaud Antisocial for my introduction to the Pogues and Magnolia Electric Co.  Here is the credit section to their first video:

 

 

P.S.  We are really excited to see their new flick come spring ’16.

 

 

Matt Creasy and Ryan Dearth’s Rusty Trombone (’02-ish)

More than likely, if you aren’t from the Southeast you probably haven’t seen this video.  If you have, well, good on you because it’s a classic.  Featuring parts from the likes of Jeremiah Babb, Chris Head, Mike Devine, John Sheffield, Mike Summers, Graham Bickerstaff, and Phil Kent, this video was one of my first glimpses into the driving forces in Atlanta street skating.  I’ll never forget buying a copy of Rusty Trombone.  I was at a skatepark in Cumming, GA, called “Wicked Grind” when they got a box of copies and an employee  immediately put one into the shop’s VCR.  Needless to say, I was stoked and bought it then proceeded to watch it countless times.  It’ll always be a very important video to me because it made me realize that there are local skateboarders out there making videos and contributing to skateboarding.  I always got stoked on the credits because they probably introduced me to Bright Eyes with their track “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)” wrapping up the video.

This video inspired me to skate and film skateboarding with my friends.

 

 

Habitat’s Mosaic (2003)

I probably sound like a broken records but I’ll say it one last time…this video is a CLASSIC.  I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this video.  What isn’t to love?  You get aesthetically pleasing art direction plus great music, and let’s not forget about the video’s lineup; Tim O’Connor and Wenning, Fred Gall, Rob Pluhowski, Ed Selego, Kerry Getz, Heath Kirchart, Jason Dill, Pappalardo, Stefan Janoski, Danny Garcia, and our introduction to Danny Renaud (The Dirt) whose part is arguably one of the best from the ’00s.

The credits for Mosaic always stood out with it’s mix of 8 mm footage, VX footage, and still photography.  Also, it ends with The Dirt tying a little kid’s shoes, how’s that for heartwarming!  Kudos, Habitat.  That white VHS cassette is as good as gold to me.

 

 

Upon writing this, I’m realizing that almost all of these videos excluding Plan B’s Virtual Reality are from generally the same era.  I definitely attribute this to the time of my life when I was the most impressionable and at the time everything seemed incredibly fresh.  So a lot of nostalgia is generated when I look back on these segments.  Hopefully, skateboarding’s collective attention span isn’t too narrow these days to appreciate the credits!

Video Check Out: Reggie Kelly

Reggie Kelly for President

Transworld Skateboarding just dropping a piece on our team rider and one hell of a guy Reggie Kelly!  Checkout the video and stay for the Q & A.  We are stoked for Reggie and can’t wait to see what 2016 has up its sleeve!

Age: 22
Home: Columbus, Georgia
Sponsors: enjoi, Fallen, JSLV, Bender hardware, Paradise wheels, Rg grip, Ambush Board Co., Hazard County Skatepark

New Years Resolution: Drink more booby milk. It builds character and strong bones.
Newest music in Your iPhone: I only listen to Hotline Bling because my hotline stay blinging.
Next Skate Trip: I hear rumors of two towards the beginning of the year.
Video Part You throw on before a session: Anime like Naruto or One Punch Man.
2016 will be the year of the: Ripstick.
Reccomend an IG follow: @wet.floor.signs.
Last trick filmed: A hardflip.
Best style: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Travis Glover. #ATLHOE

As strange as it seems, to grow up in a relatively small town away from the skateboard industry is oftentimes a gift. Maybe because it’s obvious that the only way you’re going to get anywhere is to work hard and make the most of every opportunity. Reggie is just getting started, so keep an eye out for a dude from Georgia putting the hammer down with a smile on his face.—Jamie Thomas

Follow Reggie on Instagram: @reggiemeister1

Video / @MattMullen916, Ryan Judge and @gonzthedog

 

Keep an eye out for this guy!!

Reggie Kelly

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 – AmbushBoardCo.com 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.