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Dusting off the VCR: Bloody Chicken Boots at 16

Bloody Chicken Boots Title Screen

 

My first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots

Rarely do I remember the exact moment I watched a skate video for the first time.  That is unless I attended the video premiere, or the video made some sort of immediate impression on me.  The impression doesn’t necessarily have to be good either, it can be bad too.  With that, I do distinctly remember the first time I watched Ambush’s first skate video, Bloody Chicken Boots, and it wasn’t because the video was particularly spectacular.

I remember rolling up to the shop with some friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sometime in 2001.  This was Ambush’s old location, the one with the infamous three stair.  Anyway, I was posted up on the couch, which sat across from on of those antiquated big screen televisions.  You know the type…the old projection ones that have the VCR’s timecode burned into the screen.  Admittedly, I was a little hungover from the prior night’s endeavors.  Still, I had no idea a skate video contained the power to augment my hangover.  Was it was the filming or the odd techno songs that caused my stomach to churn.  Who knows?  What I do know is that my first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots was nauseating.  This made the viewing permanently burned into my brain, just like the timecode burned into the big screen it played on.

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2017 March Radness Presented by Adidas Skateboarding

March is made for Cinderella stories. Every tournament needs an underdog that comes out of nowhere, surpasses expectations, and makes history with an unlikely victory. We’re not talking about March Madness, we are talking about March Radness.

This year’s Cinderella was our very own Wes Lembo. March Radness was stacked with elite skateboarders from all over the southeast like Jason Salillas, Alec Spinosi, and Jake Wooten as well as local rippers Niko Howard, Troy Cobucci, Nick Hagley, Gage Gum, Tommy Stephan and many more. All pushed their skateboarding to the limits and left it all out there on the skatepark (a few left even more in the parking lot). The Street Division was an epic battle, but the universe was on Wes’ side.

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Always need shoes?: Skate Shoes – Why It’s Worth Buying Two Pairs

A lot of articles will say there are over 10 types of shoes a guy should have in his arsenal, but for a skateboarder it’s usually two; one to wear and one to skate.
Don’t get me wrong, plenty of skateboarders have lives outside of the sport, and to some skateboarding is everything, so skaters will have more or less, but to a huge chunk it’s all about the rotation.

The rotation, also known as “one to wear, one to skate,” serves two purposes: function and fashion – a pair to perform in and a pair to chill in.
So, it’s always beneficial to double up at the register, especially if you like the shoes!  But, we’ll go further into that another time.

The premise that buying an extra pair keeps you fresh is intuitively easy to agree with.  The logic is tough to pick apart.  Using one pair specifically for skateboarding and the other for everyday wear stops you from walking around with Swiss cheese on your feet.

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Fun All the Time

We’re all getting older and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it.  The passing of time is a hard thing to come to grips with.  It’s something that cannot be escaped or outran…and, apparently, it also flies when you’re having fun.  I’m calling BS on the latter!  In short, I believe, having fun is a vital component to staying young…at heart at least.  Admittedly having fun all the time is easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot.  What’s more fun than skateboarding?  Nothing.  This probably explains why we’re watching our favorite pros skateboarding for longer and longer.  In no particular order, here is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders.

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Women in Skateboarding

It’s nearly impossible to ignore the 24-hour news cycle today.  Everywhere you turn, look, or swipe it’s in your face…and, to me, it’s depressing.  As far as I, personally, am concerned, there is the the constant reminder that our leaders seem bent on making our nation less inclusive.  We seem to take 10 steps forward only to be knocked back two.  However, I remain optimistic after witnessing the worldwide support of women’s marches a couple weeks ago.  It seems that progress will continue creeping  forward.  I mean…things have to keep getting better, right?  Skateboarding has always been the most diverse of the so-called “board sports”, and it’s trending towards being ever more diverse.  Nowhere is it more apparent than in the coverage of women in skateboarding.  The past couple months their coverage has been boomin’ and that makes me proud to be a skateboarder.  So, shout out to all the ladies killing it out there!  Women have definitely more than earned their seat at skateboarding’s table.  Here are a few of my favorite examples of this in the past couple months.

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Emerica Wino G6 Skate Shoe Video with Dakota Plumley

It’s not too often we see a new design or revamped skate shoe that gets us truly excited.  Emerica holds skateboarding at its core and they have arguably produced some of the most classic skate shoes to date.  Well it looks like they have gone and done it again with the new Wino G6 model.  The Wino has been updated with the G6 impact resistant polyurethane insole and features a double wrapped vulcanized sole, a single piece toe cap, padded tuff collar, and signature triangle tread. A real winner!

Watch Dakota Skate in the New Emerica Wino G6

Take your pick from three different colorways of the Wino G6 from Emerica here.

Emerica Wino G6

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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