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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.

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.

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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.