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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.

Ambush teamed up with RAW Artists to bring you a stunning collaborative series featuring graphics from some of RAW Artists most creative talent.


RAW Artists is an international independent artists organization that gives artists the resources and exposure to launch their respective art careers. RAW’s Senior Showcase Director, and former Ambush employee, Dayna Melton has long been one of the top talent evaluators for up-and-coming artists. Dayna curates art shows throughout the country that bring underground painters, printers, sculptors, performers, musicians, photographers, chefs, makeup artists, and jewelers to art enthusiasts in cities like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and, of course, Atlanta. When Dayna proposed the idea of Ambush and RAW collaborating on a series of skate decks, it was an obvious no brainer. The project was a go and Dayna went to work on what she does best: find talented artists.


Toby Johnson
San Francisco, CA
Age: 27

Ambush RAW Artists Toby Johnson

Toby has been creating art since he was able to hold a pen. His passion for art is matched only by his obsession with skateboarding. For the past 15+ years, Toby has fused the two into a lifestyle balanced between the streets and the studio. Toby’s art career started to take off as a graffiti artist in the eclectic neighborhoods of San Francisco. He has since evolved into a commissioned muralist painting the walls of various storefronts throughout the city.

To Toby, skateboarding and art are intrinsically connected. He gets the same feeling of pride and stoke from landing a new trick as he does from creating a new piece. Toby aims to get a reaction, positive or negative, from both his skateboarding and his artwork. And, he thrives on how both cultures share the same virtues of creativity, rebelliousness, and progression.

“Art made me gravitate to skateboarding,” Toby recalls. “And, skateboarding opened up a new side of art that I didn’t know was there. My favorite thing about both art and skating is that they both have so many elements and so many possibilities.”

From chill mini-ramp sessions with friends to street art. And, from skating abnormal, crusto spots to painting the walls of posh boutiques, Toby’s attitude remains: anything goes as long as it flows.



Kayla Ferraro
Columbia, MD
Age: 24


Like most creatives, Kayla began to show interest in art at an early age. But, it wasn’t until she became a teenager that her artistic prowess really started to develop. Kayla used art as a coping mechanism during what she refers to as “the abusive years”. Problems at home, constant moving from town to town, and bearing the responsibility of being both child and parent gave her the right amount of angst to channel into creative energy. Her work during that period was rewarded with a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design from where she earned her degree in 2014.

Kayla draws inspiration from notably childish, yet dark sources: Dr. Suess, The Lion King, Tim Burton, and Alex Pardee. Which, likely stems from the time where all she wanted to be was a kid, but couldn’t. She is similarly influenced by conversations with people and incorporates story telling in her art.

You can see Kayla’s art on album covers, tattoos, and now, skateboards.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to do this project with Ambush,” Kayla opines. “I don’t skateboard, but I definitely embrace street culture. I have the same passion for pen and paper as skaters do for board and pavement.”

Where does Kayla plan on taking her art next?

“My ambition is to put my art on a street wear or boutique clothing line.” We can’t wait to see it.



Ansley Sproull
Athens, GA
Age: 33


Ansley is a nomad by every definition of the word. She grew up in Calhoun, Georgia but has since lived a wandering and wondering lifestyle migrating from Savannah to Santa Fe to Austin to Athens where she has settled in…for now. At each stop, Ansley has taken in the local culture and pushed to become a better version of herself and, in turn, a better artist.

“It takes a lot of hard work to develop your own style and get really good at making art,” Ansley reflects about her years on the lam. “To excel you need to be driven while still having a sense of adventure, excitement, and romantic, bohemian notions. I met a ton of free spirits and creatives of all kinds that were definitely not trying to live normal lifestyles.”

And, although she is back in her home state, Ansley is still drawn to that type of personal energy. She is currently holding down the dinning room at legendary chef Hugh Acheson’s 5&10. And, her longtime boyfriend is pro BMXer, Doug Morrison. Ansley may not skate, but she definitely shares the same sentiments that the “normal life” will never be for her.


Skateboarding and visual art have been simpatico since the first graphics started appearing on boards in the 1960s. Working with artists like Toby, Kalya, and Ansley show just how connected art and skateboarding are. And, who knows. Maybe these three artists’ work with soon become just as synonymous with skateboarding as Neckface, Michael Sieben, and Todd Francis. So, the question is, will you skate it or will you hang it?


Click here to view/purchase the Ambush x RAW Artists collab series decks.



2016 Ambush Gives Back – A B4BC Benefit Event

Ambush Hosts a Fun Day of Wakeboarding for a Good Cause


Ambush Gives Back

My sunglasses saved me all day last Saturday at Terminus Wake Park.  Not only was the sun brighter than a St. Pauli Girl sign in a college dorm room, but I had to make sure that I kept my man card securely in my back pocket.  There were so many touching moments at the Ambush Gives Back benefit event that the ever-present smile on my face occasionally gave way to a certain level of emotion that I’m not accustomed to at an Ambush event.  Ambush Gives Back  B4BC Benefit was rewarding and fulfilling in so many ways.

The motivation for putting on our inaugural Ambush Gives Back event was the fact that two of the three women in the Ambush founding family are breast cancer survivors.  Our family has had two unbelievably positive outcomes when it comes to battling and defeating breast cancer.  Other families have not been so fortunate.  In a gracious effort to pay it forward, we wanted to put on this event to help raise money for Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), a charity whose sole purpose is supporting those in the action sports community who are affected by breast cancer.

The most moving part of the Ambush Gives Back benefit event was the affirmation of how tight-knit the action sports community really is.  Families came from all over to be a part of the fundraiser.  Bob Soven, Melissa Marquardt, and Alexa Score took time out of their chaotic summer schedules to ride with their fans, give them a few pointers on the cable, and help raise money and awareness for B4BC.  Top local cable riders donated money to compete for a pair of custom Liquid Force x Ambush Board Co. x B4BC wakeboards.  And, nearly everyone on site bought raffle tickets.  In short, everyone came together as one big family and helped raise $6,624 for B4BC.

Special thanks to Terminus WakePark, Liquid Force, and Body Glove for helping us put on this incredible charity event.  And, much appreciation to our sponsors for donating to B4BC, especially Chick-fil-A, Subaru of Kennesaw, Benchmark Physical Therapy, Op5, FedEx,  Springbot, Terminus Tees, GoPro, Reef, EGO Power+, STZ, Prestigious Cleaning Team, Dyer & Posta, KAMS Auto, and Elite Hair Studio.

Even though the event is over, you can still support Ambush Gives Back and B4BC by making a direct donation here.  You can also get yourself one of the remaining limited edition custom Liquid Force x Ambush Board Co. x B4BC Wakeboards.

Liquid Force 2016 Ambush Board Co. x B4BC LTD Wakeboard

Liquid Force 2016 Ambush Board Co. x B4BC LTD Wakeboard

Go Skateboarding Day 2016

The technological world is taking over. Our entertainment, our shopping, our communication, even our interactions among friends have become relegated to a flickering glow from a digital device. That’s why skateboarding is so special, whole, and pure. It can’t be done from a smartphone (unless you are playing True Skate, but how does that count?). Skateboarding is real. You do it in the natural world with genuine friends. You do it because it’s challenging. You do it because it’s fun. And, you do it because you love it. Skateboarding should be celebrated and that’s why we at Ambush fully embrace Go Skateboarding Day.

This year’s Go Skateboarding Day event at the Kennesaw Skatepark saw some killer skating, lots of camaraderie, and some of the gnarliest slams that park has ever seen (check out Spencer Ames’ Hall of Meat worthy backflip). Even the Mayor came out and donated some flesh to the skatepark. And, that’s what Go Skateboarding Day is all about: the whole community getting behind it and showing the world what we already knew: skateboarding is life.

Much thanks to the City of Kennesaw, Real, Anti-Hero, Spitfire, Thunder, Thrasher Magazine, and Red Bull for making this event fun.

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



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.


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.

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.

Zeke Logan – Caswell’s Choice Winner

Volcom’s Wild in the Parks tour had a tumultuous visit to Atlanta. The contest was originally slated to take place at the Kennesaw Skatepark, but days of unrelenting rain moved the event to Hazard County Skatepark. From there, it was all sunny skies and rainbows, particularly for our very own Zeke Logan.

Zeke won Caswell’s Choice as the longtime pro’s favorite skater at the Atlanta Wild in the Parks stop. As part of Zeke’s recognition, he got to skate with the Volcom team at his favorite spots throughout Atlanta. Check the vid from the day:

And, Zeke has an open invitation to compete in the Wild in the Parks finals at The Berrics as well. Wish him luck.


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.