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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 Buywake.com 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

 

Wake Classic Wrap Up

 

Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of competitive wakeboarding. They give aspiring riders the opportunity to square off against equally skilled wakeboarders and work their way through the divisions until they are ready to compete at the Junior Men and Pro level. That’s why we do events like Wake Classic. We want to afford local wakeboarders the chance to improve their skills and see how they stack up against other riders in the community.

The 2015 Wake Classic saw an definitive jump in talent from last year’s event. Even riders in the Beginner Division were pushing their respective limits and using their riding to make a statement towards other competitors in the division. And, it was great to see the amount of cable riders that got out of their comfort zone and competed behind the boat. Finally, we want to give a special shout out to all of the riders that came from far and wide to participate in the Wake Classic. We appreciate you coming out. The contest was a great success.

Check the recap video below:

 

2015 Wake Classic Results

Women’s Division:
1st Place: Callaway Ford (GA)
2nd Place: Mattie Armer (GA)
3rd Place: Josie Barszcz (GA)

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

Women’s Division Podium L to R: Josie Barszcz, Mattie Armer, Callaway Ford

 

Beginner Division:
1st Place: Logan Gates (GA)
2nd Place: Trevor Arnold (AL)
3rd Place: Derrick White (TN)

Beginner Division Podium L to R: Derrick White, Trevor Arnold, Logan Gates

Beginner Division Podium L to R: Derrick White, Trevor Arnold, Logan Gates

 

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: Caleb Sentz (GA)
2nd Place: Ben Peters
3rd Place: Christian Gunger

Intermediate Division Podium L to R: Ben Peters, Caleb Sentz, Christian Gunger

Intermediate Division Podium L to R: Ben Peters, Caleb Sentz, Christian Gunger

 

Advanced Division:
1st Place: Scott Perkins (GA)
2nd Place: Craig Reidy (GA)
3rd Place: Garrett Reidy (GA)

Advanced Division Podium L to R: Craig Reidy, Scott Perkins, Sadie Perkins, Garrett Reidy

Advanced Division Podium L to R: Craig Reidy, Scott Perkins, Sadie Perkins, Garrett Reidy

 

Open Division:
1st Place: Colby Bernier (AL)
2nd Place: Alex Graydon (AL)
3rd Place: Justin Lee (GA)

Alex Graydon photo: Lane Jordan

Alex Graydon photo: Lane Jordan

Cole Vanthof photo: Lane Jordan

Cole Vanthof photo: Lane Jordan

 

Major thanks to Hyperlite, Nautique Boats, Body Glove, Slingshot, Remote, Von Zipper, Hurley, Billabong, O’Neill, Reef, Liquid Force, Fox, Quiksilver, and Jet Pilot. Without your support we could not have had such a killer event.

 

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

Temperatures have hit the 80s, lake levels are rising, and the pollen count has hit blinding levels. That can only mean one thing: wakeboard season has arrived. Now it’s time to hone in your skills for our annual season kick-off wakeboard contest, the Ambush Wake Classic.

 

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

The 2015 Ambush Wake Classic is on Saturday, May 2nd at Lake Acworth. The lake is closed to boat traffic, so the water will be glassy and the riding should be epic. The contest will be broken down into 5 divisions: Women, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open. The winner of the Open division will win $250 cash and a ton of prizes from our sponsors. The winners of all other divisions will earn $100 cash and a grip of prizes too. Second and third place from each division will walk away with prizes as well.

Registration is open now. You can register in person at Ambush or over the phone (770-420-9111). The entry fee is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. Each division is limited to 12 riders, so sign up early to secure your spot in the contest.

Check-in opens at 9:00 am the day of the event. The contest starts at 10:00 am. The Women division will will go first followed by Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open.

Each rider will get a run consisting of two passes or three falls, whichever comes first. Each rider’s run will be subjectively scored based on style, technical difficulty, and amplitude. The rider with the highest score wins.

Divisions are broken down by skill level. In the beginner division, riders will be allowed to spin up to 360 degrees and pull up to one invert. Intermediate riders will be able to spin up t0 540 degrees and pull up to 3 inverts. Advanced riders can spin up to 540 degrees and land up to 5 inverts. Anything goes in the Open division. The Women division usually consists of riders that can jump both wakes, perform a variety of grabs, and occasionally land a 360 or invert.

And, of course, the contest will be pulled behind the legendary Nautique G-21. The boat will run full ballast for Open and Advanced, half ballast for Intermediate, and dry for Women and Beginner.

Finally, the contest is free to watch. Come out and kick off your wakeboard season with us.

Check the video from last year’s Wake Classic:

 

 

*There will be no wakesurfing at this year’s Ambush Wake Classic. We are hosting a separate, wakesurf only contest in July.

 

 

March Radness 2015 Recap

 

March Radness is by far our favorite event of the year. The weather is always beautiful, the turnout is stout, and the level of skateboarding keeps getting better and better. And, we get to host it at our hometown park that just happens to be one of the best in the country.

About 500 spectators gathered around throughout the day to witness the Radness. And, they were not disappointed. The Street Division finals featured 4 of Atlanta’s best young skaters: Greyson Beal, Niko Howard, Brendan Lagna, and our very own Zeke Logan. Niko Howard’s consistency, fresh legs after hours of skateboarding, and backside 360 kick flip over the centerpiece gap earned him the victory.

Street Results:
1st Place: Niko Howard
2nd Place: Zeke Logan
3rd Place: Greyson Beal

Street Division (L to R): 3rd Place: Greyson Beal, 1st Place: Niko Howard, 2nd Place: Zeke Logan

Street Division (L to R): 3rd Place: Greyson Beal, 1st Place: Niko Howard, 2nd Place: Zeke Logan

 

The Go Pro Best Trick Contest was more pain than pop. Skaters flung themselves down the impact section with utter disregard for their bodies and few riding away cleanly. Faith Skate Supply‘s Jason Sallisas’ death gap 50-50 was more than enough to claim the Hero 4 and the best trick crown.

The Pool Division came down to an epic battle between Death Skateboards‘ Dave Allen and Hazard County Skatepark’s Jake Wooten. Jake had all his tricks working and walked away with the win.

Pool Division Results:

1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Dave Allen
3rd Place: David “Malachai” Smith

Pool Division (L to R): 3rd Place: Malachai, 1st Place: Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Dave Allen

Pool Division (L to R): 3rd Place: Malachai, 1st Place: Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Dave Allen

 

Words don’t do March Radness 2015 justice. Check the video:

Special thanks to everyone that made this event happen, especially The City of Kennesaw, Red Bull, Go Pro, HUF, Plan B, Element, Vans, RVCA, Stance, Toy Machine, Foundation, Real, Anti-Hero, Spitfire, Krew, Lowcard, and Faith Skate Supply. Thank you for your support.

March Radness 2015

 

Spring is upon us. The cold weather will move out and the sun will start to shine brightly on Swift-Cantrell Skatepark. Then, its Radness time.

March Radness 2015

 

March Radness 2015 is set for March 21st at the Swift-Cantrell skatepark. The event will be broken down into two divisions: Street and Pool. The winner of each division will win $250 in cash along with a grip of prizes. Second and third place will win a bunch of prizes too.

The contest entry fee is $15 per division (which includes a free contest tee shirt). Space is limited to 80 skaters for the Street division and 40 skaters for the Pool division. Registration is open now at Ambush. Sign up in advance to secure a spot in the contest as it will fill up fast.

The Street division will start at 10:00 am. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. The Pool division will start at the conclusion of the street contest.

Street Contest Format:
80 skaters max. Jam session format for prelims and semi-finals. Jams are 4 minutes in length. The top skater from each jam moves on to the next round. Individual skate for the finals. Each finalist will get two 1-minute runs (alternating in between skaters).

Pool Contest Format:
40 skaters max. Prelims and semi-finals feature four skaters per heat. Each skater gets two 45-second runs (alternating between skaters). The top skate from each heat moves on to the next round. The finals pits the top two skaters going head to head for 10 minutes (alternating between skaters).

 

Check the video from last year’s March Radness:

The Origin of Ambush: From Shoppers to Shop Owners by way of Punk Rock – Part 4 of 4

Punk rock has always run through my veins.  My brother and I grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles where bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Descendents, The Minutemen, Redd Kross, and Pennywise were born.  It was normal to hear loud, crusty chords screaming from a neighborhood garage.  Instances of punk bands duping unsuspecting bar, bowling alley, and coffee shop owners into booking their acts (and subsequently wrecking the place) were frequent.  As a kid, I loved the sound and speed of punk rock, but it really didn’t totally envelope my soul until I began to understand the art form in its entirety.  It wasn’t until my teen years that I would figure that out.  And, by then, I would live in another bastion of punk rock, the East Bay.

The East Bay of San Francisco is home to punk rock legends Operation Ivy, Rancid, Jawbreaker, Crimpshrine, Fifteen, and the famous 924 Gilman Street venue.  In the late 1980s-early 1990s, the scene was perfect for young punks as it centered more around the music and less around drugs and alcohol.  The East Bay punkosphere served a larger purpose to give teenage outcasts a place to call home and stay out of trouble.  If the L.A. punk scene was about aggression and destruction, the Oakland/Berkeley punk scene was about the community and its youth.  One of the habitats most dominated by the punk rock youth was Telegraph Avenue, a swath of road that stretches from Old Historic Oakland to the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman. Photo: Murray Bowles

Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman. Photo: Murray Bowles

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The Origin of Ambush: Meeting your Maker or your Soulmate – Part 3 of 4

The first time I ever saw a dead seal was at the mouth of San Pedro Creek right where it empties into the Pacific Ocean at Linda Mar State Beach in Pacifica, California.  The seal had gotten its head ripped off, undoubtedly by a great white shark, and was decomposing in about four inches of water.  My brother, some buddies, and I had just come in from a surf when we spotted it.  Of course we were rattled by what we saw.  A large, deadly predator had displayed its position in the food chain for us to see.  So, we did what teenage boys always do in that situation: we poked and prodded it with the noses of our surfboards and made jokes about it.  Oddly enough, that was the second most notable thing I saw that day.  The first, of course, being boobies.

In the early 1990s, we lived in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area).  It was too far from the coast to surf during the week, so on weekends me, my brother, and our circle of friends would proposition one of our parents (usually Chuck) to take us.  Almost every weekend was the same thing: get up at the crack of dawn, drive to Pacifica, stop at Nor Cal Surf Shop for something that someone invariably left at home, surf, feast, and then drive home.

The aforementioned weekend was a little off.  The fog was thick and the air felt colder than it actually was.  My brother, our buddies, and I were all bundled up in hoodies and beanies, but somehow we were still shivering.  It wasn’t exactly the same type of shivering like you would be doing if you were cold.  It was almost a fearful shivering.  No one forgot anything this time, but we decided to go into Nor Cal Surf Shop, anyway.  We were stalling.  For what?  I don’t know.

 

Nor Cal Surf Shop c. 2011

Nor Cal Surf Shop c. 2011

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