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Catching Up With The Crew

To me, it’s always seemed like getting footage is cyclical. Sometimes, it comes easy and the crew logs several minutes a week and then the next week, nothing. While the process can certainly feel tedious at times, it’s absolutely worth it. When there is enough footage to stitch something together, it doesn’t get much better than that! So it always gets me hyped to see anyone from our team putting out footage. No matter the format or platform.

Gary Backside Tailslide

Gary gets a back tail while Cole documents

With that being said, I wanted to compile the most recent clips our riders have been featured in and put them into one place. So sit back, watch, and get stoked to go skate with the homies and put out your own clips.

First off, we got Travis Glover skating through Spain with Chaz Ortiz in this clip for JBL Audio. Yo Travis! Let me get some headphones!

Next stop the whole crew put it down in our “Open” episode featured over at the RIDE Channel! Also sick to hear them use a Rad-isaurus Rex song. That ender! Mitch you are a madman!

Zeke, Nip, Skyler, and Travis crush it in Max Yoder’s video he put together for Thrasher Magazine. Good work boys!

Last but not least is the latest installment in Kyle Ford’s Dad Cam series which has a mix big mix of everyone.

Hopefully this gets everyone hyped to hit the streets and make their own flicks. Always hyped to see what everyone else has cookin.

Happy shredding!

#ambushunion

Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot.

Looks are always deceiving and what sometimes looks insane isn’t and vice versa. Recently, I saw a new trick done on the famous bank to wall at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and it got me thinking…You don’t have worry about deceptive angles or anything at Garfield High because anything done on that wall or surrounding embankments is wild. I have never visited spot but it should be in Thrasher Magazine’s table book Insane Terrain if it isn’t.

Click around on Google street view for yourself…talk about a dream spot.

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Naturally there are a ton of options at Garfield and a ton of shit has gone down but here are some of my favorites that have gone down at the school. In no particular order.

Georgie Tsushima Wallie Bluntslide

If this trick doesn’t hit you like a sack of bricks then I don’t know what would. RIP, Georgie

All of Nolan Johnson’s tricks

Nolan looks like he just hopped a train and if I saw him out I’d imagine he would be better suited at busking for change rather than ripping, a true original. Hope to see more footage from him soon!

Judo

Drop

Backside Boneless

Erick Winkowski’s Invert

Erick Winkowski seems like he has been getting way more coverage recently than he ever did as a team rider for Welcome Skateboards. This invert at Garfield is a prime example of how gnarly this guy is. Also I recommend watching OJ Wheel’s recent tour video to Hawaii for more of Erick ripping.

Jordan Sanchez’s No Comply Boardslide

Jordan Sanchez has been killing it for forever and was one of our favorites on Boulevard. We couldn’t be more excited for his recent pro nod. Good looks, Welcome skateboards.

All of these clips get me hyped and hopefully someday I can do some skate tourism in Seattle, Washington and visit this #Insaneterrain . I leave this last tidbit  for all you music nerds out there, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield High before he dropped out Junior year.

 

 

Five Reasons Why I Won’t Be Skateboarding Saturday

Unless you are lucky and get to skateboard for a living, the older you get, naturally, the less time you have to skateboard.  Priorities change from chasing the next session to chasing the next paycheck.  These are just the facts of life.

As aging adult skateboarders, after we’ve put in our 40-50+ hour work week you would think that we’d be excited to skate.  Well, that isn’t always the case.  I certainly can’t speak for all adult skateboarders, but here are my top five reasons I will not be skateboarding Saturday.

Slams

You know it, I know it, slams are very capable of extinguishing any desire to skateboard.  Why is that?  If I see someone eat shit, I’m not stoked, I’m done!  On the flipside of that, there are humans  who seemingly love to slam (think Leo Romero).  Whatever your stance is on slamming, I think we can all agree that seeing slams invariably sucks.  Sorry @hallofmeat but I had to unfollow 🙁

Hungover

Maybe it’s a poor excuse but, come on, don’t act like after a long work week you don’t fancy a couple cold brews…or 15.  I find myself often letting my Friday nights ruin my Saturday sessions.  So let’s raise our glasses to waking up, turning the phone OFF, and not skating because we are too hungover!

Women

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Whether it’s having a honey do list or your significant other has the day off, ladies have a real knack for putting an end to your session.  Not everyone falls victim to this.  A lot of skateboarders better halves are supportive of “skateboard time,” but let’s face it, we all have a friend who will pull the “ole lady” excuse 9 out of 10 times.

Broke

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The older I get, the more expensive skateboarding gets, too.  Maybe it seems more expensive considering my finances are more restricted due to drinking and women (both are expensive).  However, I do remember a time when I could skate all Saturday on just a few dollars.  Grab enough cash to to chip in on gas and whatever is left goes towards the dollar menu.  Now, the post session meal typically involves a restaurant and drinks.  So let’s tack on 10 or 15 bucks on an already tight budget and staying home is looking nice.

Other Hobbies

As much as I love skateboarding, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and focus on other activities.  Typically, I always end up appreciating skateboarding more and sometimes even skate better after a small break.  So, consider getting out of your comfort zone and learn something new on your next day off.  Trust me, you won’t lose your kickflips.

Ambush Alumni: Juston Tucker

The Ambush family strives to build and cultivate the local community and give people an opportunity to do what they love.  As stated in the previous Ambush Alumni post with Ryan Dearth, we have been so lucky to have such an amazing group of people come through our doors and work with us.  Allow us to introduce another one of them to you!

Juston Tucker

Juston Tucker (right) with fellow Ambush alum, Bobby Sattler (left)

Meet Juston Tucker.  Juston grew up 20 minutes from the shop in the Acworth area, and worked for us between 2000 and 2002.  Shortly after leaving Ambush, Juston moved to California and began working in the marketing deprtment for Podium Distribution.  Podium Distribution, at the time, was the home of DVS, Lakai and Matix.  Juston left marketing and now designs footwear full time.  When asked about how he made the switch from marketing to footwear design Juston said:

“I was working in the marketing department at Podium and one of my good friends was the design director for footwear.  He asked me to help color up some shoes for the season. Everyone really liked my vision, and my approach, so they offered me a full-time footwear job a few months later.”

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17 Years…Where Has the Time Gone?

On Friday June 13th, 2014 we turned 17 years old.  If Ambush Board Co. were an individual, we would be able to drive our own car with up to 3 people (under the age of 21, that is) inside of it, but we’d still have to be home by the 12 AM curfew.  We would be close to graduating high school and looking for prospective colleges to spend our prime partyin’ days.

But, we’re not just an individual.  In our minds we’re a revolutionary business.  What have we done in the 17 years of our existence?  Here is a brief and very abridged rundown, as told through pictures.

1996

In the late months of 1996 and the beginning of 1997, we were finalizing our first logo.

Original Ambush Board Co. Logo Ideas

Original logo ideas – late ’96/early ’97

1997

Our first flyer/advertisement was released to get word out for our opening day.

1st Ambush Flyer/Advertisement 1997

1st Ambush flyer/advertisement

Friday June 13, 1997 Ambush opens its doors for the first time in a crawl space (a 1,200 sq. ft. shop in Kennesaw, GA).

Original Ambush Location

Original Ambush location

1998

Ambush helps out Fat Mike from NOFX by promoting shows for his band and the bands signed by his label, Fat Wreck Chords.

Ambush Owner, Chuck Morrow, with the lead singer of NOFX, Michael Burkett 1998

Ambush owner, Chuck Morrow, with the lead singer of NOFX, Michael Burkett (Fat Mike) in 1998

It was getting a little cramped in our first shop, so in October ’98 we decided to upgrade and moved down the strip into a space almost triple what we started with at 3,500 square feet.

2nd Ambush Location

Chuck and GT

One of the first Frequent Buyer cards.

One of the Original Frequent Buyer Cards

One of the original Frequent Buyer cards

Let’s fast forward a little, but check out all the stuff that happened in between on our timeline!

2002

Ambush Board Co. co-founders (Chuck Morrow, Lee Elliott, and Eric Elliott) are featured in an article in Level X magazine on “the new look of extreme sports business.”

Level X Magazine - 2002

Level X magazine – 2002

2003

BuyWake.com was launched in 2001, but was operating out of the back storage room of the shop.  2 years later, we were able to move into their own warehouse, where all the magic started happening.

2003 Buywake.com gets its own space- Original team members

2003 – BuyWake.com gets its own space.  These are the original team members (L-R: Ryan Kearns, Derek Davis, John Turnbull, Paul Lizon, Cameron McLane, Kit Furderer, and Eric Elliott).

2004

BuyWake.com puts out one of its very first magazine ads.

One of the original Buywake.com ADs 04/05

One of the original BuyWake.com ads – April ’05

Ambush and BuyWake.com host Georgia’s first night pro rail competition, Slider Slam.

Parks Bonifay 2004 Slider Slam

Parks Bonifay at the 2004 Slider Slam

2005

Our Skate team poses for a photo session.

2005 Skate Team

2005 Skate Team (L-R: Dustin Hart, Stormy Pruett, Frank Lee, Charles Chatov, JJ Patterson, and Wade Johnson)

Ambush holds its first street contest in the parking lot of the shop.

1st Street Contest 2005

1st Street Contest – 2005

Crowd shot at the 1st Street Conest

Crowd shot at the 1st Street Contest

2006

The Liquid Force Slideshow is held in our parking lot.

Ambush hosts the 2006 Liquid Force Slideshow

Ambush hosts the 2006 Liquid Force Slideshow

2007

Ambush owners, Chuck Morrow, Eric Elliott, and Lee Elliott, talk shop with the Marietta Daily Journal about working in a family business.

2007 Article on family businesses

2007 article on family businesses

2010

One of many 2-page spreads in Alliance Wakeboard Magazine.

Double page Alliance Wakeboard Magazine Spread

BuyWake.com ad in Alliance

2011

We are accidentally sent bright red, bejeweled button-ups in an inventory shipment…perfect time for our warehouse guys to have a photo op.

Modeling their Bedazzled ensembles (L-R: Billy Witcher, Garrett Bauman, Gary Sargent, Ryan Parks, Jeremy Kline, Nick Bode, Danny Peterson, Kyle McEaddy, Ben Mercer, Cameron McLane, Alamo, Tres Morgan, and Eric Elliott)

Modeling their bedazzled ensembles (L-R: Billy Witcher, Garrett Bauman, Gary Sargent, Ryan Parks, Jeremy Kline, Nick Bode, Danny Peterson, Kyle McEaddy, Ben Mercer, Cameron McLane, Alamo, Tres Morgan, and Eric Elliott)

2013

In September 2013, Ambush headquarters was relocated to a new pro office space.

Creative & Sales Team along with Chuck Morrow  (Founder of Ambush) and Tony Finn  (Inventor of wakeboading and founder of Liquid Force)

Creative & Sales Team along with Chuck Morrow (Founder of Ambush) and Tony Finn (one of the forefathers of wakeboarding and founder and CEO of Liquid Force)

 

Even though we have made many more memories since 2013, we thought we would share some memorable highlights from our first years in the business.  We love what we do and are just as, if not more, excited and motivated than ever.  We’re looking forward to seeing what else we can accomplish as we continue to push the progression of Board Sports retail.  For our full timeline check out blog.ambushboardco.com/ambush-timeline/

On the Red Couch with Jordan Smith, Mitch Shutters, and Matt Mazza

Take a look inside the beautiful mind of Matt Mazza

65 Degrees and Sunny

In my opinion, there is only one thing to do on a perfect weather day. That is go skate. Cool, blue skies, a light breeze and fresh Georgia air got me out of the house real quick. I rounded up a couple of the Ambush boys Wes and Zeke as well as the good homies Dakota Plumley and Brenden Lagna. We all met up at the new Kennesaw Skatepark to start a sweet day of shredding. We put in a solid 5 hours of non stop skating. Here is a little montage to show what we got!

 

Top 5 Smoke Shows that Can Ride Better than You

In the past several years, women have made a huge impact on Action Sports.   My favorite part of the impact they’ve made…how sexy they make riding a board.  I’m going to keep this short and sweet.   Here are my top 5 smoke shows that can ride better than you.

 

5. Jamie Anderson – Pro Snowboarder

Jamie Anderson just came off with the biggest win of her career.   She won the first-ever Women’s Slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.   She has had a solid resume of podium finishes throughout her career.   She can do handstands in bikinis, as well…that deserves a gold.

Jamie Anderson can melt you with her smile.

Jamie Anderson Indy Grab

Jamie Anderson Bikini Handstand

Check her out on Instagram @JamieAndersonSnow

4. Dallas Friday – Pro Wakeboarder

Dallas Friday is the most seasoned rider on this list, but don’t let that fool you.   A former gymnast in her younger years, she turned pro at age 14.   She has a collection of X Games medals and is still making podium finishes to this day.

Dallas Friday on the Cover of the Wake Journal Bikini Issue

Dallas Friday Stinky Sweet Indy Grab

Dallas Friday Is Sexy

Check her out on Instagram @DallasFriday

3. Torah Bright – Pro Snowboarder

Even though she got the Silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Women’s Halfpipe, she won Gold in my heart after I watched the post-run interview.   That Australian accent…and she has more style than any women’s pipe rider.   And…she looks fantastic in a trash can.

Torah Bright is cute as all get out

Torah Bright Tweaked out Method Grab

Torah Bright Being Sexy in a Trash Can

Check out her on Instagram @TorahBright

2. Silje Norendal – Pro Snowboarder

I know nothing about her besides she makes Norway and women’s snowboarding look really good.   She placed 11th out of 12 in Women’s Slopestyle Finals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but she got number one in my heart.  Oh, and Silje is back-to-back Gold Medalist for the past two X-Games in Slopestyle.

I'd drink Silje Norendal's bathwater.

Silje Norendal Spinning and Grabbing

Silje Norendal Looks Good

1. Alana Blanchard – Pro Surfer

This girl has been dominating by being the face of women’s surfing.   She recently took #1 Women’s Surfer Poll…possibly more for her looks than for her surfing, but I don’t care.  She makes surfing look really, really good.   Click here to view GoPro‘s amazing video of Alana surfing with some friends.

Alana Blanchard's Fantastic BehindAlana Blanchard Paddling Out 

More of Alana Blanchard's Terrific KeysterAlana Blanchard's bottom turn makes me squirm.

 

Mazza Monday: Another Monday

It’s still summertime and I’m living the good life.

Last weekend I rode the MegaBus up to Nashville, TN with Max and CatNip. Boy was that a good time. We did a lot of skating, met the Fully Torqued RV Tour guys and partied our asses off. To give you the info on the Fully Torqued RV Tour, it’s Clint Walker’s RV that he is living in for a whole year. Clint is traveling the U.S with people from the Ambig and Birdhouse teams. Clint Walker, Clive Dixon, Dirty the Photographer, Trevor Vaughan and filmer Trevor Owens were all out on the road together. Clint has a cousin that lives in the boonies of TN with a bunch of land. So, Clint was nice enough to pack the RV full of the three of us and all the Nashville homies and take us out there. Chugging, grilling out and shooting mad fireworks! It was an awesome time. Big thanks to Clint!

This was Intense

 

It seems the Kennesaw Skatepark is coming along real nice like! I’m hyped for it to be finished. I wish they were sticking to the original design though. Oh well. It’s still going to be a fun place to skate. By the way, it’s looking it should be done within a month! I can’t wait to seeing everyone up there.

Almost Done!

 

And last but not least, I’m kinda bummed right now that I couldn’t make it down to Tampa, FL to see the Black Sabbath concert. Literally EVERYONE went! All the Ambush dudes and their girls plus a few more. Oh well. Hopefully they will get some good videos and photos! Well, that’s it for this Mazza Monday! LATER!

Black Sabbath

Mazza Mondays: Fishing and Skating – It’s Summer Time

Here’s to another Mazza Monday.

A lot of fishing has been going on this summer. You can catch me on the water with Josh, Charlie, CatNip, and Max. We have been cranking them in. Fake worms, spinner baits, jigs, crank baits all seem to be working good. It’s summer time so the fish are destroying the top water baits, buzz baits, Pop R’s. Weightless worms are my favorite lures as of now. Ok, enough of the fishing BS.

Me with a Bass

Me with a Bass

 

Josh with a Big Ol Catfish

Josh with a Big Ol Catfish

 

Not only has the summer brought a bunch of fishing, it as well has brought a bunch of good skating! Even in this heat, we are out there all day long sweating our asses off ’til the sun goes down. This summer has been awesome! Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Kickflips, Back Tails, Back Smiths, beers, the beach, and friends. I can’t ask for anything better.

 

CatNip Melon Blast

CatNip Melon Blast

Josh BS Smith BellSouth

Josh BS Smith BellSouth

 

Also, Stormy was able to hook it up with a pair of the new SpitFire F4 wheels. I got the 54mm 101s and boy they are insane! Powersliding is like gliding on ice with these wheels. Not to mention they’re fast as hell too! I’ve never had so much fun bombing hills until I got to try them. Everybody needs to get a set as soon as they’re released! They are not for beginners. Haha, they are some intense wheels.

 

Spitfire Formula 4s 54mm 101a

Spitfire Formula 4s 54mm 101a

Well, that concludes this Mazza Monday. Ready to go to Nashville this weekend for some more skating!! PEACE.

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