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Winter Skateboarding in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to hole up inside during winter.  The days are short, cold, and for us in Georgia, the days are actually, well, pretty mild.  As I write this today Tuesday, January 17th 2017, I can’t use the weather as my excuse not to skate.  It’s currently 72° and cloudy in beautiful Kennesaw, GA.  Admittedly, it’s unseasonably warm.  Still, I find myself counting the days until spring.  For your information, spring is 61 days, 14 hours, and 9 minutes away.  Look at the forecast for the next 10 days.  Despite some rain here and there, it’s definitely not too bad, eh?

You’re crazy if you aren’t stoked on this forecast.  Time to move the beanies, sweatshirts, and jackets back to storage?  Maybe not quite yet…because, out of the 61 “winter” days left, more than likely we’ll experience a couple more cold snaps and inclement weather that may render the streets “un-skateable.”  I’m by no means a meteorologist, but I’d guess it’ll be due to negligible amounts of ice or rain.  (Knock on wood!)

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Snowboard Helmets Are Officially Official

It wasn’t that long ago that, if you saw someone on the mountain riding in a snowboard helmet, you quickly judged them as a newbie or a kook.  Not even five years ago helmet design wasn’t the most cutting edge.  Snowboard helmets were often bulky and heavy to the point they were uncomfortable and would even throw off your equilibrium.  They would even reduce your peripheral vision and make it so that you couldn’t fully hear all that was going on around you.  It’s the one piece of equipment that has truly changed for the better.  Our very own Eric Elliott, who runs the show here and had been riding without a helmet for years recently got a Smith Gage and had this to say about his first helmet:

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2017 Snowboard Setups with the Nicks

New Year, New Gear…right?  We seriously hate that saying, but there is something about getting a new snowboard setup in the New Year that has us feeling a certain type of way.   Nick Gaddy and Nick Mertes are OG Ambush dudes.  Our homeboy Cole Vanthof set off to Utah to catch up with these dudes to see what they are rocking for this 2016/2017 snowboard season.  These guys are characters no doubt, but their riding style is legit.  Watch these two product videos and peep the gear links and make a wise purchase this year.

Nick Gaddy’s Setup:

 

2017 CAPiTA DOA Snowboard:

2017 Capita DOA Snowboard

 

2017 Union Contact Binding (Scott Stevens):

2017 Union Contact Binding

 

 

Nick Mertes’ Setup:

 

2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard:

2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard

2017 Burton Cartel EST Binding (Black):

2017 Burton Cartel EST Binding (Black)

 

 

We really want to thank the crew at Burton, CAPiTA, and Union for dialing in our friends this season, and we are really stoked to help spread snowboarding to more people every year.  If these snowboard products didn’t appeal to you, which we would find hard to believe, but you’re interested in seeing the other badass snowboarding brands we carry, hit our snowboarding page and tickle your eyeballs and hopefully your souls.

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Ambush Game of Skate 23

 

After twenty-three renditions of the same contest, it’s easy to think that things can become a little stale. It’s hard to be inspired when the same group of skaters compete in the contest and the same select few seem to always win. And, although that might have been true in past Games of Skate, GOS #23 was anything but typical.

What jumped out most was how much the girls killed it. The ladies’ progression, style, and skill earned the respect of the guys. The girls were viewed and competed against as equals. Three won at least one game and advanced on to the next round. And, Miana Fishman turned heads by earning second place in the Beginner Division.

All the fresh faces in this years’ contest proved that skateboarding is an ever evolving culture with young guns always pushing it and trying to come up. Outside of skateboarding standard bearer, Niko Howard, the rest of the top spots in each division were won by new names with a different interpretation of how flat ground skating should be done.

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Ambush Skate Team: Milledgeville Video

Ambush Skate Team does Milledgeville

After an hour and a half of riding in the van, and Dakota and Wes trailing behind us in the Mazda (D had to leave early on Sunday. He has a job), we opened the doors at a DIY skate spot in Milledgeville. We were so graciously greeted by a small amount of rain. A lil drip drip. Everyone was hyped to get out of the van and stretch their sea legs that no one minded a little wet pavement. Time went by and redundancy set in as the DIY wasn’t too big and spot searching became more prevalent in everyone’s mind.

There is this chilly spot in a church parking lot by where our good buddy Dave used to live. It’s a concrete car ramp that runs from parking lot to parking lot with a small embankment on either side. It also has parking blocks bolted in the ground at just the right place (You’ll see it in the edit). It was a fun little spot until some dude came up and started asking us questions. He was sketchy, and we thought he was trying to steal our stuff out of the van, so we packed it up and left.

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Ambush x RAW Artists Deck Series

 

What if there was no such thing as a skateboard graphic? Would it matter to you if you and your squad all had the same plain, natural wood deck? If skateboards had no graphics, would they still have a soul? Would they tell the story of your favorite pro? Would they still celebrate your favorite video part, ad campaign, or Instagram account? What would a deck with no graphics say about you and your skateboarding? How would anyone know where you have aligned yourself within the skate industry? Would people be making jokes about how lame “Skater X” is over there with his obviously lame brand board?

Thankfully, we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where art and skateboarding go hand in hand. We live in a world where skateboards tell stories, share in our culture’s rich history, and convey a brand’s message. For better or worse, we live in a world where skateboard graphics speak volumes of who you are, who your favorite skater is, what clique you belong to, and with whom you share common values and attitudes. And, if that’s what it takes to draw out all of these beautiful, funny, disgusting, and thought provoking graphics, I enthusiastically embrace every bit of it.

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Emerica Made Chapter Two Premiere

 

Anticipation had been building up for two to three years with thoughts of what Emerica’s Made Chapter Two would bring. The excitement managed to keep a steady underlying role throughout the years, but broke through in the newest “The Skateboard Mag” issue with Andrew Reynolds on the cover. The issue contained bittersweet spoilers, but overall it provided stoke and insight to what we can expect from the follow up of the video series “Made” by Jon Miner.

 

Shortly after reading the November ’16 issue, I found out that Ambush and Ruin would be premiering the video at The Plaza Theatre in downtown Atlanta. My buddy Andy and I could not have been more excited. As the days went by, more and more information about the video was slowly beginning to get leaked out, and surprises helped bring the stoke level to new heights.

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Nerding Out: Thrasher Magazine Covers over the Years Pt. 1

Bi-weekly, we get together for a marketing meeting.  During these powwows, we lay out our marketing schedule and agenda, and discuss content.  A LOT of times during these meetings we sit around figuratively throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks.  A few months ago, sitting around the conference table discussing our marketing plans, it hit me.  That little voice in my head said, “Hey, Ben!  I don’t think anyone has ever analyzed every Thrasher Magazine cover.”  And…without thinking, I immediately blurted this out to the group.  Little did I know that this idea would stick and I’d be the one to undertake this endeavor.

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  Ever taken a bite so large you instantly regret it?  We’ve all done it, and after nearly asphyxiating, we say, “Never again!  From now on, I’m only taking small bites.,” but…if you’re like me, your eyes are always bigger than your stomach, and after surviving that first enormous bite, all you know to do is settle in for the feast.

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Alex Graydon Video: ALa-Cruzin

ALa-Cruzin Video

We are stoked to announce a new video, Ala-Cruzin, filmed by our team rider and residential videographer, Cole Vanthof.  Cole has been busting his ass this summer filming a ton of great content and two special projects, this being the first one we are dropping.  We sat down with Cole and talked a bit about this project he did with our Alex Graydon in his great home state of Alabama.  Alex has been killing it for years and his world travels have helped to mold his style into something truly unique.  After you read this short interview, make sure you checkout the photos that Jeff Mathis did from the filming process.  So stoked!

 

Where did the idea of doing a video with Alex Graydon come from?  What would you say is the main theme for this video?

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Skate & Educate: An interview with Keegan Guizard from Collegiate Skate Tour

For a few years now, you may have noticed that from time to time we share or post content related to a contest series known as the Collegiate Skate Tour. The series is an outlet for it’s creator, Keegan Guizard, to share his passion for skateboarding, higher education, and travel. Now in it’s fourth year, the Tour is better than ever, and Keegan is continuing to expand it through hard work and determination. So I thought it’d be rad to catch up with Keegan to discuss it. Enjoy.

CST think tank

Photo: @gillhormel

Let’s start with the basics; name, age, how long have you been skateboarding? Got any footage?

Keegan Guizard, 26. Been skating for 18 years this winter. I don’t really have any footage compiled. Just tricks in video promos and “friends” sections here & there.. And Instagram clips floating around.

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