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Emerica X Chocolate Hsu Giveaway and Interview

We have been fans of Jerry Hsu for what seems like forever! Anyone old enough to know better instantly gets nostalgic thinking of Jerry’s parts from Blackcat and the Storm. He truly is an OG!  So we are hyped to offer up a giveaway in celebration of Jerry’s Emerica X Chocolate collection.

Now let’s be real, not all giveaways are created equal but the Jerry Hsu Emerica X Chocolate giveaway may take the cake for the best, most recent, of any of our contests. Just look at all the gear one lucky winner will receive:

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Yep, that’s right all of that could be yours! So click here to read our exclusive interview with Jerry Hsu and enter the giveaway now! You won’t want to miss out. Also be sure to pick up his new kicks:

 

Hsu G6 X Chocolate & Hsu Low Vulc X Chocolate

Lakai Vincent 2 with Skyler

We always have a lot to be hyped on, for starters, it’s spring and that fresh feeling is taking over. Speaking of fresh, new to Lakai’s Spring ’16 lineup is Vincent Alvarez’s second pro model, the Vincent 2 and it’s hella fresh.

For those unfamiliar with Vicent, he burst onto the scene after winning DC‘s King of LA contest in 2007.  That one contest propelled a seemingly unknown Vincent to an overnight sensation and put him on everyone’s radar. Most importantly, his performance put him on Sam Smyth’s radar (Sam is team manager for Girl Skateboards & Chocolate).  Smyth would just have to track down Vincent first.. As legend has it, Vincent won a prepaid phone at the DC contest and exchanged number’s with Smyth but never made contact past this exchange. Once Vincent’s phone ran out of minutes there was no way to contact him. Eventually Smyth was able to find him and the rest is history, Vincent picked up a spot on Chocolate skateboards and eventually the legendary Lakai footwear.

We are glad that Smyth was able to lock Vincent down because Vincent’s brand of 100% high speed, raw dog skateboarding will never go stale.

When we heard the Vincent 2 was about to drop we had to get our hands on a pair to test out. We let one of our favorite local rippers, Skyler Clark do the skating and trust us, if you like a solid vulcanized shoe with great feel, grip, and support look no further. The Vincent 2 won’t disappoint.

Warning: These won’t make you skate like Vincent but it’s a great place to start. Vincent 2 in-stock now!  Which color will you skate?

 

Lakai Vincent 2 in Black Suede Lakai Vincent 2 in High Rise Suede

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

 

 

Miles Silvas Q&A for Official

Miles Silvas for Official

Miles Silvas rocking his signature Official Headwear cap.

I tend to think of myself as a huge skate nerd, and I am, for the most part. Nearly every morning waking up consists of checking the feeds for whatever I missed out on  while sleeping but most importantly, I check the boards (Slap Magazine’s forum). I have been doing the latter for god knows how long, so it’s not everyday I see amazing footage from someone I have never heard about. For the most part, normally, I have some idea of who’s who and what’s going on. So when someone drops some new amazing footage without hearing any rumblings, it makes you take note.

The first time I heard of Miles Silvas or I should say “saw” was when I watched his  Welcome to Royal Truck’s video. For such a quick clip that introduction always stuck out in my mind. I think it’s partially due to the clashing cymbals of Love’s Seven and Seven Is playing  mixed with the kickflip front board at the end. That shit hit me like a ton of bricks. It immediately became obvious that’d we’d be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.

Nearly four years since his Royal Trucks commercial Miles has had several  notable covers from Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher Magazine. All are impressive but it’s Miles’s Thrasher covers which solidifies his aptitude to get buck. Silvas’s first Thrasher cover came in October, 2014 with the jaw dropping kickflip backtail down the hubba at Stanford University.

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It’s the Stanford University hubba where he would dip a switch backsmith for another Thrasher cover in November, 2015. Am I wrong to think he maybe the only person to ever have two Thrasher covers at the same spot? Give us a shout if we are wrong. 

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It shouldn’t go without mention that his curtains part in last year’s most under appreciated video LRG’s 1947 made us shout several expletives at our computer screens. Then there was his introduction to Official too!

Now we can’t wait to see what he has in-store for this summer’s highly anticipated Adidas Skateboarding full length Away Days. To top things off, most recently, Miles Silvas has been added to the 2016 Street League Roster. Now the DAB maybe dead but the future looks bright for Miles.

Miles Silvas getting a backside nose grind at dusk.

Recently we got one of our favorite Sacramento photographers, Jeff Landi  to catch up with him for a quick Q&A.

Here’s what Miles Silvas has been up too.

How’s it going Miles? Why don’t you start out with the basics? Name, age, sponsors, home town etc…

What’s good! I’m Miles Silvas. 20 years old. My sponsors are: Adidas, LRG, Official, FOFA Hardware, PLA, Wayward Wheels, Thunder, Mob, Stance

You keep a pretty busy schedule? What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to this last year?

Damn, it’s hard to choose one! I’m going with 3.. Barcelona, Paris, and Stuttgart. Europe’s amazing!

How’s life being a pro skateboarder without a pro board? After your standout part in the LRG’S 1947 and winning Transworld’s “Rookie of the Year” I’m sure you have had plenty of offers lined up? #PLABOYS skateboards, maybe?

It’s chillin. I’m thankful I have PLA and the #PLAboys to support me and make me a pro board for the meantime. If I was buying boards again it wouldn’t be so chillin haha Just cruising though till something comes about that I’m psyched on. I’m not really trippin on it right now.

How did your connection to Official come about? What’s the best part about riding for the brand? Anything new in the works?

Living in Sacramento and skating with Jeff Landi got me introduced to it. The best part is probably just having it ran by all the homies and having the team so tight knit. The trips are always mad fun!

What’s up with Dad hats?

Not much haha Just fuckin with them right now. They’re comfy and simple.

The Adidas video “Away Days” is set to premiere in May this year. Who’s part are you looking forward to the most?

Rodrigo Tx. and Lucas Puig.

What are 3 things your looking forward to this next year?

Traveling, filming more parts, and having fun during it all. I have some new projects in the works so I’m hyped to keep it moving and see new places.

Your one of the most motivated people we know? Where does that come from?

My pops always told me growing up to work hard at whatever you do. And it’s easy for me to work hard when I’m having fun.

Ask yourself a question.

No more questions. Peace out.

Miles Silvas with a huge backside 5050

2016 Snow Product Preview – AmbushBoardCo.

Temperatures are slowly dropping.  Football is back in full swing on the television.  It’s time to start thinking about booking an epic snowboarding trip for you and your buddies to take this winter while airfare is still cheap.  The mountain is calling.  We know you’ve got the itch!

Here is our list of items we’ve got coming in that you should keep an eye out for this season as you start thinking about updating your gear.  Consider this our version of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for slaying the mountain this year.  Check it out:

  1. Stomp Pads

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the Jabroni holding up the lift line because you just had a garage sale getting off at the top.

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Save yourself the embarrassment and pick up a proper stomp pad.  We have fresh ones from your favorite brands like Burton, Volcom, Lib Tech, and Dakine…or from your new favorite stomp pad brand – Crab Grab.

Crab Grab

@crabgrab (Instagram)

Their sh*t is bananas!  Join the revolution against slippage and get one for your snowboard.

  1. Socks

For the love of God, please throw away those cotton tube socks you keep next to your bed for…um…riding?  Seriously, don’t ride in cotton socks.   Unless you’re cool with your feet feeling like this while snowboarding:

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Like stomp pads, we’ve got a good range of options from different brands – click here.

But, let’s highlight the hottest selling brand with the sickest prints/colors to choose from – Stance.  This brand has been blowing up over the past couple of years.  First in skate, then in snow, now they’re making high-performance socks for basketball and golf!  Stance is a definite winner in our book.

Be kind to your feet and give Stance socks a serious look this season.  New styles for 2016 will be dropping on the site any day now!

  1. Helmets

Head protection while snowboarding has become more of the norm these days.  If you’re not already wearing one, you’re probably the odd man out on the hill.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic styles like the Rodan, Griffon, or Talan from Anon or the Pivot, Maze, or Gage from Smith.

This is something that I’m definitely going to add to my gear bag this season, just make sure you get the proper size for your head to avoid that dreaded “gaper gap” between your goggles and your helmet.

Gaper Gap

No one is going to want to share an après-ski brewski with you if you’re rocking an obnoxious gaper gap.  Plus…that makes for a wicked tan line on your forehead that is going to be hard to explain.

This is what a correct fit should look like:

Proper Goggle Helmet Fit

  1. Outerwear

Here’s the fun part: you get to put together the sickest Jacket/Pant combo you can possibly find and pray, pray that you don’t run into your outerwear twin on the mountain.

If you spot them and have to cross paths, just play it cool like Tom Cruise in Top Gun…you’ll always get the girl – haha.

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For 2016, there are still a lot of good-looking earth tones in most of the outerwear.  We aren’t going to look like a bunch of highlighters out on snowboards like we did back in 2008 with all those crazy 80s neon colors, but there is something for everyone if that’s still your thing.

You can’t go wrong with a time-tested and proven SMARTY Form Jacket or SMARTY Cargo Pant from 686.

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Every SMARTY product, both jackets and pants, comes with a removable liner you can leave in or take, making them perfect for any riding condition.

  1. Bindings

2016 Union Force– This bad boy has been in Union’s line for 11 tears strong now…for a reason.

It’s the binding that help put Union on the map and has withstood the tests of time.  Coming in at $219.99, the Union Force offers a huge bang for your buck, with its low profile, lightweight metal construction, and lifetime warranty on the baseplate.  The Force is solid for any style of riding – groomers, park, or backcountry.

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Homerun here, get you a pair in either Black, if you want to fly under the radar, or go with Orange if you want some pop.  Hell, go halfsies with a buddy and each of you swap one binding to get a unique Black and Orange combo!  Union Bindings never disappoint.

2016 Flow Nexus Binding – Another binding to hone in on would be the Flow Nexus.  It packs a heavy punch and is loaded with tons of great features.

2016 Flow Nexus

It offers lightweight construction, canted foot beds to help relieve stress off your knees and ankles, it’s perfect for any type of riding, and features Flow’s original rear entry design that’s made the brand stand apart from everyone else and made a name for the company.

The rear entry system makes these bindings incredibly easy to get in or out of on the fly without having to sit down every time you.

Don’t like rear entry?  Not a problem .  Flow’s new ratchet system allows you to run this binding as a rear-entry binding or traditional entry where you ratchet down the straps before each use.  Versatility is key!

Be sure to check out ALL the new Flow Bindings for 2016

  1. Goggles

Goggles should always be about function and fit, but…if you know what you like/need, you can turn this into a complimentary item that references to your outerwear selection.

We will have TONS of great goggles from top brands like Anon, Smith, Dragon, Spy, VonZipper, and Electric to name a few, but keep an eye out for Oakley’s PRIZM Goggles for 2016.

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Total game-changer…Oakley says, “You will never see snow the same again.” See what they mean by watching this: Oakley Prizm Snow Goggle Video.  PRIZM Technology allows you to shred in practically any light condition without having to change lenses at all.  Killer.

The PRIZM lens is designed to pick up every detail and contrast on the mountain, allowing you to navigate trails, groomers, or the backcountry…and keeping you from getting gobbled up by the Snow Yeti from that Ski Free computer game.  I hated that guy.

Ski Free Yeti

Play Ski Free Online – Click Here

We’ll have PRIZM goggles coming in the Airbreak, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Canopy, A-Frame, and Crowbar styles.  They’ll be online for purchase any day now – Oakley Prizm.

  1. Boots

ThirtyTwo Light JP Boot – Every year, ThirtyTwo releases stellar boots into the market that have the perfect blend of classic styling and a twist of something unique.  The “Light  JP” boot is a prime example of that.

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Quite easily the lightest boots on the market, these bad boys are slick.  The Articulated Cuff and one-to-one lasting on these boots give you a ton of mobility without being bulky.  And, ultimately shedding extra weight down to the bare essentials, these snowboard boots give you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

JP Walker’s pro model boot is ready for anything you throw at it and for a great price, too.

  1. Snowboards

Arbor Westmark Rocker Snowboard – We’re bringing Arbor snowboards back on board this year and couldn’t be more excited about it.  They’ve always had a compelling and very Eco-friendly story as a snowboarding company, and we respect that.  These guys know what’s up when it comes to making solid boards.

A board we’d like to highlight is a multiple Good Wood award winner called the Westmark Rocker – check it out:

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This is a true all-terrain slayer.  It’s got enough flex for endless butters and stylish jibbin’, but enough bite to bomb any hill or charge anything at higher speeds without losing stability.  That’s what I’m talking about, all thanks to Arbor’s Grip Tech contact points for that added bite while carving around.  Oh, yeah…it also comes with a 3-year warranty.  Let me say that again, a 3-YEAR WARRANTY.  We love it!

Lib Tech Hot Knife fundaMENTAL Snowboard – Okay…unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of Lib Tech’s Banana Technology.  It changed the snow industry by featuring a counter-culture REVERSE CAMBER or what we now call “rocker” profile.

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Rocker is keeping the snowboard industry thriving by making it easier for new riders to learn.  For more seasoned riders, brands like Lib Tech are blending traditional camber profiles with rocker profiles to get the best of both worlds.  Playful flex when you need it…combined with unrelenting grip for power carves.

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C3-Tech is what Lib Tech calls this blended profile found in the “Hot Knife” model.  Camber from your bindings to the tip and tail of the board and the perfect amount of rocker between your bindings gives you a playful board.

Add a Hot Knife to your quiver and see what it feels like to shred on easily one of the most versatile boards on the market for intermediate to advanced riders.  You’ll thank us later.  This is one of the hottest boards out on the market right now…landing at our #1 slot!

There you have it, a quick rundown of our Most Wanted Items for 2016.  We’re stoked for the season to get started just like you are!

Look through your gear bag tonight to see what needs upgrading and snag it while it’s fresh on your mind – AmbushBoardCo.com has got you covered.

Here’s to an EPIC season!

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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Damn Am Atlanta 2015 Photo Recap

The Team At Damn Am 2015

From Left To Right: Zeke, Bobby, Wes, and Skyler

The boys went down to Damn Am 2015 this weekend hosted at Hazard County Skatepark.  Jona Owings, owner of Hazard County Skatepark, is probably the best host out there.  The hospitality his park exhibits is top notch.  From friendly dudes behind the counter, to Jona himself outback cooking burgers, hotdogs and delicious chicken, this is the type of shit you can only find in the south.

The weekend started on Friday with a day of practice and a Welcome To Town Bowl Jam, which was mighty epic.  Saturday began with qualifying heats from over 100 skateboarders from around the world.  Oh and free beer.  Yoshi Tanenbaum and Jamie Foy ended out the day by qualifying in first and second place earning them the Golden Tickets for the weekend.  The Golden Ticket allows you to bypass the semi-finals and go straight to the finals.  Our very own Zeke Logan, placed in the top 30 skaters on Saturday and was able to advance to the semi-finals.  Sunday was jam packed with semi-finals, finals, and then the Independent best trick contest.  Zeke finished out the weekend in 24th place.  Stoked.

After the dust had settled and all the skating had finished the results were as follows:

1. Yoshi Tanenbaum

2. Jack Olson

3. Jamie Foy

Check out some photos from the weekend right here.

For More Damn Am Atlanta 2015 Coverage Check Our Instagram, BuySkateShoes Instagram, SkatePark Of Tampa, And Street League.

Daily Bread vs. Rhett Whatley

Rhett Whatley has been mixing music for years.

Before there was a social media marketing team here at Ambush there was the lone wolf of the web, Rhett Whatley, who handled it all himself.  Rhett graduated Kennesaw State University with a degree in Marketing while working at the shop (Ambush Board Co.) and our ecommerce companies (BuyWake.com/BuySkateShoes.com/BuySnow.com/CheapSk8Shoes.com).  He helped our business establish an online persona and we continue to carry forward that mantle today.  We are grateful for all the support and we promise to continue to support him and his music!

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In his humble beginnings of sampling and layering beats he was good…I remember thinking, “Dude this is your third track you’ve ever made?”  Fast forward and observing from a far, Rhett would lace me up with every mp3 he was making.  At one point, I looked in my iTunes library under the folder I made for him and there was over 100 songs equaling 5 hours worth of tracks.  Rhett has an extensive background in wakeboarding and competed on The Pro Wake Tour for a few years.  I can’t remember the year, but back in the day he won the PWT in Portland.  Immersed in wakeboarding his early music could be heard on such wake projects as “The Way” DVD.  It’s pretty solid to be a rider in a legit wake video, but to have also done the soundtrack is literally unheard of.

Peep the trailer for “The Way” DVD from 2008 and listen to some of his early mixes:

Now listen to his track for the 2015 Hyperlite Baseline product video with the legendary Shaun Murray:

Both tracks are solid, but you can hear the progression in the second video.  We can’t stress enough how stoked we are for Rhett and his passion for making people’s ear holes happy.  It is always the people who choose to chase their dreams that make us continue to chase ours.

Below are my top 3 tracks from Daily Bread that can only be found here:

1. We’re talking beat battle tracks like “Badger Killer” (crazy mix with a sample from The Andy Griffin Show)

 

2. This track “Celebrate” hits close to home as you can hear my daughter doing the intro in the song.  I watched him grow up, and I now find my children growing up listening to his music.  It’s surreal to say the least.

 

3. This untitled track is a complete expression of chill mode.

 

With time comes the ability to hone your craft and Rhett has done that in a big way.  Rhett went home every night after work and played music and made beats until the early hours in the morning for years straight.  The outcome is a series of heavy tracks that positioned him where he is today with his record label, Philos Records.  We hope to hear more from Daily Bread and we promise his SoundCloud is not just bookmarked, but played every day.

Below are the most played tracks here at Ambush Board Co. HQ and seriously some of his best work yet:

1. “Somehow Someday” legitimately went viral…we’re talking over 346,000 plays!

2. “Get Lifted” is the type of track that gives you that stank funk face right off the bat.  From the horns to the piano, you’re going to dig on this.

3. Outkast – Roses (Daily Bread Remix) is one of those feel-good tracks that brings back nothing but good memories…like picking up a fresh new Braves “A” hat from Stonecrest Mall.

Quick 8 Q&A with the man himself, Daily Bread aka Rhett Whatley.

DD: My man!  Congratulations on all the exposure and the positive vibes the music industry is putting out about you.  How are you handling the exposure right now?

DB: Thanks, D.  Right now we’re just making moves to keep the hype up with well-thought-out remixes and highly conceptual original releases.  I’m doing a ton of crate digging right now, putting together ideas for my next album release.  On top of practicing and perfecting the live show, I’m just meeting cool people and stacking inspiration.

DD: Being in an industry with lots of exposure is nothing new for you.  Photo shoots, travels, videos…is the music side similar?  Does it feel comfortable to you because of your past with wakeboarding?

DB: I guess my past has made certain things more comfortable, like traveling, but all in all it’s hard to say because the two are so different.  There are a lot of things I haven’t experienced yet on the music side of things.  Being part of the wakeboard industry young and being mentored by guys like Zane Schwenk, Andrew Adkison, and Jeff McKee.

DD: Who locally should we be following?  What local artist are you really vibing off of lately?

DB: There’s an MC from Atlanta working with RJD2 called STS.  Everyone from Atlanta should put their ears on their new track “Hold On Here It Go.”  He calls out some local landmarks in a fashion only an ATLien could do well.  Definitely peep The Difference Machine as well, these guys are like Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy wrapped into one, but not really because they’re on their own shit.  I’ve been vibing to Methuzulah and Jarren Benton a lot lately, too.

DD:  Your beats totally make all the 2015 Hyperlite videos better.  Have you pitched your music to any other wakeboarding companies other than Hyperlite?  Any plans in the future for doing more?

DB: It was very cool to see the Hyperlite guys riding and doing product edits to music I had made in my bedroom.  I’ve remained friends with Spencer of WIT Productions over the years and supply him with beat and scores when he needs them.  He did the Hyperlite videos this last year so, boom!  Shout out to Spence.

DD: Let’s get real.  I know you have a serious collection of vinyl.  How much bigger has it grown since the last time I saw you?  Any really good pick ups lately that you would like to share?

DB: Oooh, man.  When’s last time you came over?  Two or three years back!? (editor’s note: 11 months, HA!)  I’d say that my vinyl collection has tripled, maybe even quadrupled since then.  It’s gotten kind of bad.  Lately, to make room, I’ve been giving stuff away that I know I won’t listen to or use.  But, despite this it always seems like the collection is growing.  I have them all sorted out by their dominant instruments kind of like a sound library.
I got a hold of an white label promo copy of McDonald and Gile’s first and only release.  They were part of the original King Crimson line-up and did kind of a side album that absolutely crushed.  I’m obsessed with it, you gotta listen to the whole album like you would Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.  I found a very rare Eddie Bo 45 rpm lately.  I’d tell you what it is but then I’d have to kill you because I haven’t used it yet.

DD: Coming from doing social media in the board sports industry, who are some of the groups doing social media correctly in the music industry?

DB: The MadDecent crew kills it on social, they’ve done the best job building their brand and giving it all a cohesive feel.  Plus they’re fuckin’ hilarious.  Gravitas Records always holds it down well and so does the Superbest Records crew.

DD: Do you still follow wakeboarding in general?  Have you seen Mike Dowdy’s Heelside Backside 1080?  The game is getting crazy right now.

DB: Man, I feel bad admitting it but I haven’t seen Dowdy’s backside 10 yet.  That’s nuts. We couldn’t even do that on the trampoline back in the day.  Props to Dowdy and kids like him and Harley who are pushing boat riding.  I follow what Justin Lee and Cole are doing on the cable, but other than that I’m a bit distanced.  I still get out and take sets when I can though.  I have a Slingshot Shredtown and still go hard sometimes.  Shouts to Shammy and Phil for the pulls lately.

DD: The ultimate question – Will we see you on a wakeboard this summer?  Terminus Wake Park is around the corner and you know you have free sets for life behind our Nautique G21.

DB: Oh, man!  Can we do both in one day?  You know, old school on a Monday at 8am like we used to?  We’ll call up Brett and Brandon Lee, then turn 2015 into 2005 for one day.

Thanks, Rhett, for taking the time to rap with us!  It’s always good catching up with family.  Any shout outs you would like to give.

Big shouts to Philos Records; my manager and good friend Alvero; the homies Pete, Nick, Katelyn, Phil, Clyde and the whole rest of the East Atlanta team; thanks to Sweet Melissa Records in Marietta, GA for giving me unlimited access to their crates; Glenn & Meagan; also Kim for all the hoop-vid exposure; Chris & James for all the continued support; and my colleague Sean Hance for always being there to bounce ideas off of; can’t forget Ozzy…he just got his graduate degree and that’s crazy inspiring to me; EJ, too, I guess…and Mum. <3 u Mum.

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

Temperatures have hit the 80s, lake levels are rising, and the pollen count has hit blinding levels. That can only mean one thing: wakeboard season has arrived. Now it’s time to hone in your skills for our annual season kick-off wakeboard contest, the Ambush Wake Classic.

 

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

The 2015 Ambush Wake Classic is on Saturday, May 2nd at Lake Acworth. The lake is closed to boat traffic, so the water will be glassy and the riding should be epic. The contest will be broken down into 5 divisions: Women, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open. The winner of the Open division will win $250 cash and a ton of prizes from our sponsors. The winners of all other divisions will earn $100 cash and a grip of prizes too. Second and third place from each division will walk away with prizes as well.

Registration is open now. You can register in person at Ambush or over the phone (770-420-9111). The entry fee is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. Each division is limited to 12 riders, so sign up early to secure your spot in the contest.

Check-in opens at 9:00 am the day of the event. The contest starts at 10:00 am. The Women division will will go first followed by Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open.

Each rider will get a run consisting of two passes or three falls, whichever comes first. Each rider’s run will be subjectively scored based on style, technical difficulty, and amplitude. The rider with the highest score wins.

Divisions are broken down by skill level. In the beginner division, riders will be allowed to spin up to 360 degrees and pull up to one invert. Intermediate riders will be able to spin up t0 540 degrees and pull up to 3 inverts. Advanced riders can spin up to 540 degrees and land up to 5 inverts. Anything goes in the Open division. The Women division usually consists of riders that can jump both wakes, perform a variety of grabs, and occasionally land a 360 or invert.

And, of course, the contest will be pulled behind the legendary Nautique G-21. The boat will run full ballast for Open and Advanced, half ballast for Intermediate, and dry for Women and Beginner.

Finally, the contest is free to watch. Come out and kick off your wakeboard season with us.

Check the video from last year’s Wake Classic:

 

 

*There will be no wakesurfing at this year’s Ambush Wake Classic. We are hosting a separate, wakesurf only contest in July.

 

 

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