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Emerica X Chocolate Hsu Giveaway and Interview

We have been fans of Jerry Hsu for what seems like forever! Anyone old enough to know better instantly gets nostalgic thinking of Jerry’s parts from Blackcat and the Storm. He truly is an OG!  So we are hyped to offer up a giveaway in celebration of Jerry’s Emerica X Chocolate collection.

Now let’s be real, not all giveaways are created equal but the Jerry Hsu Emerica X Chocolate giveaway may take the cake for the best, most recent, of any of our contests. Just look at all the gear one lucky winner will receive:

Prize package contents

Yep, that’s right all of that could be yours! So click here to read our exclusive interview with Jerry Hsu and enter the giveaway now! You won’t want to miss out. Also be sure to pick up his new kicks:

 

Hsu G6 X Chocolate & Hsu Low Vulc X Chocolate

Lakai Vincent 2 with Skyler

We always have a lot to be hyped on, for starters, it’s spring and that fresh feeling is taking over. Speaking of fresh, new to Lakai’s Spring ’16 lineup is Vincent Alvarez’s second pro model, the Vincent 2 and it’s hella fresh.

For those unfamiliar with Vicent, he burst onto the scene after winning DC‘s King of LA contest in 2007.  That one contest propelled a seemingly unknown Vincent to an overnight sensation and put him on everyone’s radar. Most importantly, his performance put him on Sam Smyth’s radar (Sam is team manager for Girl Skateboards & Chocolate).  Smyth would just have to track down Vincent first.. As legend has it, Vincent won a prepaid phone at the DC contest and exchanged number’s with Smyth but never made contact past this exchange. Once Vincent’s phone ran out of minutes there was no way to contact him. Eventually Smyth was able to find him and the rest is history, Vincent picked up a spot on Chocolate skateboards and eventually the legendary Lakai footwear.

We are glad that Smyth was able to lock Vincent down because Vincent’s brand of 100% high speed, raw dog skateboarding will never go stale.

When we heard the Vincent 2 was about to drop we had to get our hands on a pair to test out. We let one of our favorite local rippers, Skyler Clark do the skating and trust us, if you like a solid vulcanized shoe with great feel, grip, and support look no further. The Vincent 2 won’t disappoint.

Warning: These won’t make you skate like Vincent but it’s a great place to start. Vincent 2 in-stock now!  Which color will you skate?

 

Lakai Vincent 2 in Black Suede Lakai Vincent 2 in High Rise Suede

2016 March Radness Skateboard Contest

 

Being a meteorologist has to be the cushiest job out there. All you have to do is make some haphazard prediction once a day about what the weather will be like in the coming hours. You don’t even have to be right. In fact, you can be dead wrong the vast majority of the time and no one would ever call you on your crap. I’d love to be able to BS my way through life, but that wouldn’t make for a very good experience for you guys. And, if skaters were able to BS their ways through their craft, there would be no where near the level of skateboarding we saw at this year’s March Radness.

Weather predictions aside, every March we are honored to bring you the raddest (pun intended) grassroots skateboard contest around. March Radness was an epic battle between the area’s top skaters. Standouts from the street division include Reggie Kelly, Tommy Stephan, Greyson Beal, Yosef Bubes, Robin Magby, Niko Howard, Wes Lembo, Gage Gum, Carson Lybbert, Grant Stavas, and Bobby Henson. The semi-finals were a who’s who of Atlanta skateboarding. In the finals, Jake Wooten’s edged out Greyson Beal and Tommy Stephan for the win.

The pool division served up the most dramatic events of the day. Severe cramps set in on the right leg of Austin Gordon from his first practice run. Gage Gum and Jake Wooten, worn out from the street division, put their hearts and passions on the line to make it into the finals. The final ended with Austin Gordon eschewing his cramps to pull that kickflip-indy that tortured him throughout the heat. Austin dropped the mic (and the hammer), but Gage and Jake controlled the finals. Jake edged out Gage for his second win of the day.

Top L to R: Pool Division Winners 3rd Place: Austin Gordon, 2nd Place Gage Gum, 1st Place: Jake Wooten. Bottom L to R: Street Division Winners 3rd Place: Tommy Stephan, 1st Place Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Greyson Beal

Top L to R: Pool Division Winners 3rd Place: Austin Gordon, 2nd Place Gage Gum, 1st Place: Jake Wooten. Bottom L to R: Street Division Winners 3rd Place: Tommy Stephan, 1st Place Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Greyson Beal

March Radness 2016 belonged to Jake Wooten. He dominated in every way and won both the street and pool contests. Congratulations Jake on your unbelievable performance. No one could have predicted you taking both contests. Not even some douchy weatherman.

Special thanks to all that competed in March Radness, to all of our sponsors for helping make this event great, and to those that adapted to our date change and came out to cheer on your fellow skaters. Here are the final results:

Street Division
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Greyson Beal
3rd Place: Tommy Stephan
4th Place: Carson Lybbert

Pool Division
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Gage Gum
3rd Place: Austin Gordon
4th Place: Judah Bubes

 

Filmed by: Cole Vanthof and Ryan Harris
Edited by: Cole Vanthof

 

 

Miles Silvas Q&A for Official

Miles Silvas for Official

Miles Silvas rocking his signature Official Headwear cap.

I tend to think of myself as a huge skate nerd, and I am, for the most part. Nearly every morning waking up consists of checking the feeds for whatever I missed out on  while sleeping but most importantly, I check the boards (Slap Magazine’s forum). I have been doing the latter for god knows how long, so it’s not everyday I see amazing footage from someone I have never heard about. For the most part, normally, I have some idea of who’s who and what’s going on. So when someone drops some new amazing footage without hearing any rumblings, it makes you take note.

The first time I heard of Miles Silvas or I should say “saw” was when I watched his  Welcome to Royal Truck’s video. For such a quick clip that introduction always stuck out in my mind. I think it’s partially due to the clashing cymbals of Love’s Seven and Seven Is playing  mixed with the kickflip front board at the end. That shit hit me like a ton of bricks. It immediately became obvious that’d we’d be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.

Nearly four years since his Royal Trucks commercial Miles has had several  notable covers from Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher Magazine. All are impressive but it’s Miles’s Thrasher covers which solidifies his aptitude to get buck. Silvas’s first Thrasher cover came in October, 2014 with the jaw dropping kickflip backtail down the hubba at Stanford University.

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It’s the Stanford University hubba where he would dip a switch backsmith for another Thrasher cover in November, 2015. Am I wrong to think he maybe the only person to ever have two Thrasher covers at the same spot? Give us a shout if we are wrong. 

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It shouldn’t go without mention that his curtains part in last year’s most under appreciated video LRG’s 1947 made us shout several expletives at our computer screens. Then there was his introduction to Official too!

Now we can’t wait to see what he has in-store for this summer’s highly anticipated Adidas Skateboarding full length Away Days. To top things off, most recently, Miles Silvas has been added to the 2016 Street League Roster. Now the DAB maybe dead but the future looks bright for Miles.

Miles Silvas getting a backside nose grind at dusk.

Recently we got one of our favorite Sacramento photographers, Jeff Landi  to catch up with him for a quick Q&A.

Here’s what Miles Silvas has been up too.

How’s it going Miles? Why don’t you start out with the basics? Name, age, sponsors, home town etc…

What’s good! I’m Miles Silvas. 20 years old. My sponsors are: Adidas, LRG, Official, FOFA Hardware, PLA, Wayward Wheels, Thunder, Mob, Stance

You keep a pretty busy schedule? What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to this last year?

Damn, it’s hard to choose one! I’m going with 3.. Barcelona, Paris, and Stuttgart. Europe’s amazing!

How’s life being a pro skateboarder without a pro board? After your standout part in the LRG’S 1947 and winning Transworld’s “Rookie of the Year” I’m sure you have had plenty of offers lined up? #PLABOYS skateboards, maybe?

It’s chillin. I’m thankful I have PLA and the #PLAboys to support me and make me a pro board for the meantime. If I was buying boards again it wouldn’t be so chillin haha Just cruising though till something comes about that I’m psyched on. I’m not really trippin on it right now.

How did your connection to Official come about? What’s the best part about riding for the brand? Anything new in the works?

Living in Sacramento and skating with Jeff Landi got me introduced to it. The best part is probably just having it ran by all the homies and having the team so tight knit. The trips are always mad fun!

What’s up with Dad hats?

Not much haha Just fuckin with them right now. They’re comfy and simple.

The Adidas video “Away Days” is set to premiere in May this year. Who’s part are you looking forward to the most?

Rodrigo Tx. and Lucas Puig.

What are 3 things your looking forward to this next year?

Traveling, filming more parts, and having fun during it all. I have some new projects in the works so I’m hyped to keep it moving and see new places.

Your one of the most motivated people we know? Where does that come from?

My pops always told me growing up to work hard at whatever you do. And it’s easy for me to work hard when I’m having fun.

Ask yourself a question.

No more questions. Peace out.

Miles Silvas with a huge backside 5050

Travis Glover- Bad Shit Video | Watch!

New Travis Glover Clips!

Unless you have been living under a rock, by now, y’all are very aware of the smooth stylings of Travis Glover. From his early days shredding the Wood Ward park at Discover Mills to his various video part’s in videos by Max Yoder and Chris Thiessen, Travis has always brought the ruckus. His footage is always a highlight wherever it is showcased. So we couldn’t be more hyped to present a new part from Travis. So sit back, grab a beer or what have you and peep Travis’s new part “bad shit”. Lets just say we expect to see a lot more of him in the future.

Filmed by:

Stephen Callaghan
Edited by: Max Yoder
Music: GERM

SUPRA Footwear Chino Skate Shoe | Video

Vulcanized is the Answer.

The SUPRA Chino is a straightforward design built for skateboarding.  It features a modern take on timeless vulcanized skate shoes in an upper, comprised of a clean vamp and uninterrupted expanses of material.  A lightly padded collar and tongue with a dual density EVA insole provides ample comfort and protection, while a vulcanized sole of SUPRA tread ensures superior grip.  Our Team Rider Zeke Logan is no stranger to this shoe and you can bet if he backs it you need too get on it.  Swing by the shop to try on a pair for yourself or if you’re out of town hit the link below – we got you!

Which color SUPRA Chino do you want to wear?

 

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.

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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!