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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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Baker Skateboards Demo at Kennesaw Skatepark