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Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

What hasn’t Scott Byerly contributed to wake sports? Everyone knows Byerly as the “Godfather of Wakeboarding” and one of the earliest pioneers of wakeskating. But, did you know that Byerly also invented wake surfing? (As it currently exists. People have been tanker surfing off the coast of Galveston, TX since the 1950s).

Wakesurfing was first brought to the public eye in a largely ignored video by the now defunct brand Badass Bindings.  The video showed Byerly and Bruce Clem paddling in to massive wakes thrown up by the first Super Air Nautique in the summer of 2001. Since then, wakesurfing has become one of the most important niches in water sports.

Now that waksurfing has blown up, we at Ambush have fully embraced it as a competitive sport. Last weekend’s G-Series Wakesurf Contest was the first wakesurf specific contest that we have put on. And, the contest was a blast.

The competition was pretty intense given the friendly, grassroots vibe of the event. Friends, siblings, and co-workers battled it out for wake-slashing supremacy. The new Nautique G-21 wake served as a huge canvas for wakesurfing artistry and the riders did not disappoint. Surfers were boosting airs, blowing out their tails, and doing surface spins that would rival some of the pros. Check the montage of the event and the contest results.

Video credit: Cameron Pugh

 

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest Results

Beginner Women:
1st Place: Colleen Cain
2nd Place: Kristina Burns
3rd Place: Kaeley Creasman
Beginner Men:
1st Place: Mason Liner
2nd Place: Parker Phillips
3rd Place: Jake Borton
Masters Women:
1st Place: Beth Chao
2nd Place: Donna Skellham
3rd Place: Sue Borton
Masters Men:
1st Place: Danny Biebricher
2nd Place: Jay Baker
3rd Place: Josh Creasman
Advanced Women Skim:
1st Place: Abigail Chao
2nd Place: Jordan Wolfe
3rd Place: Taylor Wolfe
Advanced Men Skim:
1st Place: Leland Watkins
2nd Place: Jamie Eichler
3rd Place: Nathan Chao
Advanced Women Surf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Taylor Wolfe
3rd Place: Abigail Chao
Advanced Men Surf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

 

Special thanks to Nautique, Hyperlite, Eddie Beverly, Danny Biebricher at Allatoona Adventures, Ronix, Spy, Slingshot, and O’Neill.

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

 

The Nautique G-Series are undoubtedly the best boats in the world to wakesurf behind. The perfect manage-a-trios of a super deep hull, massive wake, the new all new NSS make this boat churn our a wave that looks like a mini version of Kirra on a perfect East swell.

In celebration of this incredible line of boats, Ambush is throwing the G-Series Wakesurf Contest on Saturday, July 12th at Lake Arrowhead.

 

Ambush G- Series Wakesurf Contest

Registration is open now at Ambush. The cost is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. You can register in any of the 6 divisions (beginner women, beginner men, advanced women skim, advanced women surf, advanced men skim, advanced men surf) where you will be subjectively  judged based on style, technical skill, variety, and intensity.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of each advanced division. Register now to secure your spot in the contest.

For more info, email info@ambushboardco.com or call 770-420-9111.

The Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest is sponsored by Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Byerly, Spy, Billabong, Ronix, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Accurate, Reef, Body Glove, and Jet Pilot.

 

 

2014 Ambush Wake Classic

Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of our sport. They cultivate the next generation of wakeboarders, push riders to improve their skills through friendly competition, and bring together the local wake scene. Yeah, the Pro Wakeboard Tour is important. The level of riding is insane. Sponsors infuse money into the sport. Legacies are cemented. But, without grassroots events like the Ambush Wake Classic, the Pro Tour would be dead in less time than it takes to de-winterize your boat.

And, not to get all sappy sentimental on you. But, the wakeboard community needs you, the rider, to keep these grassroots events alive. So give yourself a huge pat on the back for playing a part in the survival and progression of wakeboarding. And, after you’ve congratulated yourself on your contribution to the sport you love, check out the video, pics, and results from the day.

 

 

Contest Results:

Women’s Wakeboard
1st Place: Jenna Malcolm
2nd Place: Madi McCreary
3rd Place: Gabrielle Cumm

Beginner Wakeboard
1st Place: Pierce “Spanky” Bishop
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Robbie Brown

Intermediate Wakeboard:
1st Place: Garrett Reidy
2nd Place: Devin Baker
3rd Place: Taylor Jimenez

Advanced Wakeboard:
1st Place: Ryan Wakenigg
2nd Place: Blake Grimsley
3rd Place: Craig Reidy

Open Wakeboard:
1st Place: Taylor Van Haastrecht
2nd Place: Justin Lee
3rd Place: Quinn Silvernale

Women’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Bonnie Kline
3rd Place: Abigial Chao

Men’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Jamie Eichler

 

Big thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen: Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Lake Acworth, Slingshot, Remote, Spy, Ronix, CWB, Billabong, Liquid Force, Reef, Jet Pilot, O’Neill, Quiksilver, and Body Glove.

 

The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect

The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect

 

 

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Wakesurfing Took Over the Ambush Wake Classic. With Moves Like This, We are Happy it Did.

 

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

 

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

 

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

 

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23.

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23

 

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

 

Surfers Rule

Surfers Rule

 

Boys Drool

Boys Drool

 

You Didn't Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

You Didn’t Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

 

Thanks for Coming

Thanks for Coming

Ambush Wins Shop of the Year

Wakeskate Magazine just unveiled their 2013 WEBer awards on Friday and Ambush Board Co. was well represented.

Josh Zentmeyer took Am of the Year honors with his work in Good Ratio, Fun Razor, and the Remote Philippines Trip video. Plus, his invention of “The Sweeper” made him a lock for the award.

Josh Zentmeyer - Am of the Year

Josh Zentmeyer – Am of the Year

 

Ben Horan earned his second Coolest Tool award with the “U-Turn”, a web of rope that makes a complete u-turn possible while winching. And, not to be outdone by his own contraptions, Ben also won Video Part of the Year with his epic section in Good Ratio.

Ben Horan U-Turn

Ben Horan U-Turn

Ben Horan Video Part of the Year

Ben Horan – Video Part of the Year

Finally, your homies here at Ambush Board Co. won Shop of the Year. Thanks for the love, Wakeskate Magazine.

Ambush Board Co. - Shop of the Year

Ambush Board Co. – Shop of the Year

Fresh Wax Leads to Better Tracks

We’ve all experienced it. You’re at the top of the mountain with all of your buddies when someone yells out “Hey! Let’s all race to the bottom!”. All of you start talking trash about who is going to be first down the mountain as you line up and get ready for take off. Soon after, you realize it won’t be you that comes in first.

Don’t be that guy. Blow past your friends by keeping your board waxed and tuned to perfection. You know what they say; fresh wax leads to better tracks. Or, a smooth base wins the race. Or, an edge like a razor cuts like a laser. Actually, nobody says that crap. But, everyone agrees that a good wax and tune goes a long way towards making your day on the mountain rad.

We at Ambush have a killer back shop that can take care of all of your waxing and tuning needs. And, we can dial in your board while you wait in most cases. Come check us out before your next trip.

 

Ambush has the Best Waxing/Tuning in the Southeast

Ambush has the Best Waxing/Tuning in the Southeast

Snowboard Outerwear Tech Guide

Snowboarding can take place in some of the gnarliest conditions on the planet. If you want to ride for hours on end in high altitudes, extreme cold, wind, snow, sleet, or rain, you gotta have the gear to go with it. Even on good weather, blue bird days, its imperative that you have outerwear that will keep you warm and dry. In most cases, the fun you have on the mountain depends on it.

Let’s face it; outerwear is confusing. I constantly hear questions like “what size should I wear”, “what waterproofing rating do I need?”, “what does breathability mean?”, “is this really going to keep me warm”, or my favorite “can’t I just Scotchguard my jeans or wear my jogging pants?”.

All of these questions are valid and need to be addressed in order to outfit your body correctly for the mountain. So, we at Ambush created this nice little outerwear tech sheet just for you. Peep the info:

Mens Outerwear Tech Guide

Mens Outerwear Tech Guide

Women's and Kid's Outerwear Tech Guide

Women’s and Kid’s Outerwear Tech Guide

We are committed to answering all of your snowboarding questions. If you don’t find the answers here, or if you would like further explanation, simply call us at 800-408-9945 or drop by the shop.

Nike Snowboarding Never Not Premiere

Nike Snowboarding rolled out the red carpet last night for the Southeast premiere of Never Not. The shop took on a movie theater like vibe complete with a popcorn machine, candy, and of course, Never Not.

The two part feature film from was an epic journey through all things snowboarding. Part One focused on the gnarly. Nike snowboarding riders Jed Anderson, Sage Kotsenburg, Halldor Helgason, Nicolas Muller, Justin Benee, and about a half dozen more melted snow with some of the most intense backcountry, street, and park riding ever caught on camera. Part Two illustrated the dichotomy between contest riding and free riding. The former being a training intensive, injury riddled voyage to the deepest emotions victory and defeat can conjure up. The latter presenting snowboarding as a soulful pursuit of ultimate happiness. Simply put, Never Not is snowboarding and snowboarding is exactly what you want it to be.

I won’t put any footage of the video in here, but I strongly urge you to download both Part 1 and Part 2 now. Your life will be better for it. Instead, check the photos from last night’s party.

 

Rolling out the Red Carpet

Rolling out the Red Carpet

 

Never Not Enough Candy and Freebies

Never Not Enough Candy and Freebies

Jake Got His Popcorn On

Jake Got His Popcorn On

 

Good Times

Good Times

Movie Goers

Movie Goers

 

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

Toms Style Your Sole Event

One for One. For each purchase of pair of Toms shoes or sunglasses, Toms donates another pair to a person in need. Currently, Toms gives shoes in over 60 countries and helps restore eyesight in 13.

Here at Ambush, the Toms Style Your Sole Event donated artists to create a unique pair of shoes just for you. Artists Jonny Warren, Jennifer Utterback, and Olive 47 crafted custom pairs of Toms shoes. Each shoe was hand painted with original art made to each individual’s specifications. And, the shoes came out great.

Toms Artist at Work

Toms Artist at Work

Kayla's Custom Pair

Kayla’s Custom Pair

 

Darah's Fresh Pair

Darah’s Fresh Pair

Peacock Feathers

Peacock Feathers

Koi Fish Art

Koi Fish Art

Custom Painted Toms

Custom Painted Toms

Thank you Toms for coming out and producing one-of-a-kind shoes and, in turn, donating to children in need. One for one.

 

Stormy Pruett: 10 Years Deep

Rarely in life do you meet someone who is exactly the same on the outside as they are on the inside.  It’s not often that you come across an individual who acts the same in front of people as they do when no one is around. Or have your back when shit is on the line. Or live above the fray. It’s rare to find someone who is as good of a friend or better to you than you are to them. And IF you ever find that special person, consider yourself mighty lucky you are able to share 10 years with them.

This month marks Stormy‘s tenth year at Ambush. Throughout that time, Ambush and Stormy have grown together, evolved together and become synonymous with one another. So, how do you reward that kind of extended passion and loyalty? Forget the golden watch, its all about skateboarding, baby.

Introducing the Stormy Pruett/10 Years Deep limited edition deck. The board features pop art style graphics by Austin Fehn and a heartfelt tribute by myself and Jeremiah Babb shrink-wrapped inside. The board is available in-store only.

Stormy Pruett and Jeremiah Babb - Friends for Life

Stormy Pruett and Jeremiah Babb – Friends for Life

Beyond Ambush, Stormy is a dedicated husband and father, a caring friend to all, and is on the Mount Rushmore of Atlanta skateboarding. Thank you Stormy for all you are. Thank you for all you have given skateboarding. Thank you for your commitment and passion. And, thank you for all you have devoted to me and Ambush.

Stormy and Finley

Stormy and Finley

We have had a lot of great years together…but nowhere near enough. Here’s to ten more.

Focus on your Feet: The Most Legit Wakeboard Bindings

Wakeboard bindings used to be terrible. Your feet would fall asleep and throb for 20 minutes after your set. The bindings would imprint a waffle pattern on the skin over the top of your foot. And, your sets would only be as long as your feet could handle.

These days things are much different. Wakeboard bindings are amazing. Manufacturers are actually taking into account foot ergonomics, blood flow patterns, pressure points,  and support when designing their products. Bindings are much less like bindings and more like boots: comfy, supportive protection that actually help you perform better.

I’m obsessed with bindings. If my feet aren’t happy, I ride like crap. On the other hand, if I am comfortable, locked in, and have a great deal of confidence in the level of support my bindings offer, I am more apt to push my wakeboarding and have a great set.

Here are my favorite boots that help me do just that:

2013 Slingshot R.A.D.

2013 Slingshot R.A.D.

1. Slingshot R.A.D. – Sorry to sound so lame, but these binding are just plain rad. They may be a little heavier than a Ronix boot, but they fit like a glove. I always knew Slingshot made good boards, but I was a little hesitant to try their boots. The first time I put my foot into these things I was blown away. I was not expecting such a perfect fit. My foot was secure but content and I had all the confidence that I was being supported well. Everything about these boots is magical. They almost feel like they were made specifically for me.

The dual zone lacing system is a big improvement over last year’s model. I like to ride with the lower zone a little looser to keep blood flowing to my foot and the top zone really tight like a noose. The new lacing system allows for that customization. Plus, when you tighten the lower zone, a little heel anchor cinches around your foot giving you even more support and control.

The R.A.D. boot is really absorbing on landings too. The new gels that make up the footbed support your heel and cushion impact well. Say good bye to heel bruises.

Overall, this boot is my fave. Lots of touch, lots of board feel, lots of support, lots of control, lots of customization (including optional heat molding). And, most importantly, the fit is spectacular.

 

2013 Ronix One

2013 Ronix One

2. Ronix One – This is the most popular pro model boot in the wakeboard industry. People love this binding and I am no exception. For Ronix, its all about the weight and this binding weighs almost nothing. With a super light boot you can ride longer, boost your airs higher, complete your spins and inverts more quickly. Less swing weight equals better wakeboarding.

Also, the mid-density foam provides for a super versatile ride. This boot is great for riding hard behind the boat, tweaking out smooth grabs, or flexing on a rail. Plus, the Intuition liner allows riders to heat mold their boots to a custom fit. You no longer have to hope that the binding designers foot was similar to yours. Simply ask us to put the boots on our heat stacks, cook them up, and put them on. Within a couple of minutes the boots will mold precisely to the characterisitcs of your foot.

 

2013 Hyperlite Marek

2013 Hyperlite Marek

3. Hyperlite Marek/System Combo – When I first saw the Hyperlite System, I was a bit skeptical. My first impression of The System was that it was just a gimmick borrowed from the snowboard industry. I was dead wrong. The boot and binding combo allows you to get a great power transfer between your body and your board and give you unmatched support on landings. Your knees will greatly appreciate the Marek/System combo.

The Marek boots are super low profile which allows for a more shoe like fit. Plus, a low profile boot uses less material so your boots don’t overly pack out and fit differently down the road. The Marek boots are also heat moldable.

Riding cable with them is amazing. You can wear the Marek boot in your feet while you walk back to the starting area which keeps your feet clean of mud and debris. Then, simply strap in when you are ready to ride. On the other hand, when wakeboarding behind the boat, putting them on is a few too many steps. Unless you decide to keep the boots on while others ride.

Drop by Ambush and try on a new pair wakeboard bindings today. You will definitely be impressed at all the new technology that is rolled into these products. Plus, your feet will appreciate the love.