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Etnies Marana Vulc Full Review

Marana Vulc Wear Test

The first thing I noticed when I slipped my foot into the Marana Vulc is the fact that they run a little big.  I wear a size 9 (US) in most shoes, and this 9 is a tad bit big.  I’d probably be better off with an 8.5.  The heel hold is snug and there is a very prominent arch support.  From the heel heading towards the toe, the shoe opens up to be pretty wide leaving plenty of space for your toes to stretch out.  The collar and tongue are made of a breathable mesh providing some much needed airflow.  All in all, it is a pretty comfortable shoe.  This shoe is built to endure the harshest abuse you can give it.  Due to their tank like construction, the break-in process may take a bit longer than expected. The STI Evolution foam footbed provides good support for impact and everyday wear. The vulcanized version of this shoe is definitely more appealing aesthetically than its cupsole counterpart. The cupsole interpretation has a bigger logo on the side and kind of reminds me of some crappy Etnies mall shoe, but it’s vulcanized brother has a more subtle skateboarder-friendly vibe.

  • Rubberized toe cap for durability

  • inverted stitching around the side panel to prevent blow-outs

  • great arch support

  • highly ventilated tongue and collar for breath-ability

  • vulcanized sole

  • fits half size bigger

  • wide toe box

After Five Hours

The first flick in the Marana Vulc is a big reminder that vulcanized shoes have superior grip compared to cupsole shoes.  The sole is tall and the toe cap is rubberized, leaving very little room for ripping around the toe.  Due to the bulky sole and rubberized toe cap, the break in process was a little slow.  Once those kickflips become familiar again, everything comes together nicely.  Like most vulcanized shoes, the first hour or so can be frustrating. It would take many hours of flip ins and flip outs to put a hurting on this shoe. If you lean more towards heelflips rather than kickflips, you’ll run into some ripping issues sooner.  Your heels and arches are protected well, but my main area for concern is with the padding around the ball of your foot.  Having less support in this region provides added board feel, but at the cost of protecting the ball of your foot.

Shout out to Etnies for hookin’ up the shoes!

Ambush Board Co. and Slingshot Release Limited Edition 2014 Shredtown Wakeboard

KENNESAW, GA(March 27, 2014) – Ambush Board Co., an industry-leading board sports retailer and outfitter based in metro Atlanta, today released an exclusive, limited edition version of Slingshot’s best-selling Shredtown pro model wakeboard. Featuring a unique top sheet graphic drenched in yellow complete with two Ambush stone logos, this wakeboard is truly something special for core Shredtown and Ambush supporters and enthusiasts.

“Being able to collaborate with a group riders [Shredtown] and a company [Slingshot] on the forefront of innovation makes us very proud,” explains Ambush Board Co. Creative Director, Derek Davis. “This project is something special for everyone involved and we hope the few lucky riders who get one will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed the process of making this collaboration happen.”

Fewer than 20 units are available exclusively at Ambush Board Co., AmbushBoardCo.com, and BuyWake.com in sizes 139 cm and 143 cm, one of which is being reserved for the cross-country Traveling LTD Project in Summer 2014.

For more information on this limited collaboration wakeboard or the Traveling LTD Project, contact Ambush Board Co. at Sales@AmbushBoardCo.com, (770) 406-6568, or visit AmbushBoardCo.com/TravelingLTDProject

About Ambush Board Co.:
AMBUSH BOARD CO. is a universally recognized global leader in board sports retail. Founded in 1997 in Kennesaw, Georgia, Ambush is owned and operated by a core group of devoted skaters, wakeboarders, and snowboarders that are deeply invested in the board sports community, and has evolved by staying true to their essential principles of Service, Knowledge, Integrity, Commitment, and Passion. Ambush always has been and always will be unyielding in their collective efforts to push the progression of board sports retail.

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Sign up for a chance to be featured riding the Ambush Board Co. x Shredtown.com collab wakeboard by Slingshot Wake

The Traveling LTD Project

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We’ve teamed up with Shredtown to produce a limited run of the 2014 Slingshot Shredtown shape and want to give you the chance to try it out. With only 20 boards made, they will be gone fast. Knowing that the demand will far exceed supply for this rare wakeboard, we decided to send one board out on the road to show the people what it’s all about.

Participating in the Traveling LTF Project is simple:

  • Sign up for you chance to keep the board for a week and share your good times with us.
  • Winners will be notified one week before their turn.
  • Slingshot will be sending all winners a swag bag full of goodies like t-shirts, hats, and stickers.
  • Ambush is covering all shipping costs.
  • When your time with the board is up, we will be in contact with you to arrange for the LTD to continue its journey.

Once the LTD embarks on its journey we will all follow the board’s path around the country for the ensuing five months. #travelingLTDproject

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Josh Butler for Bender Hardware

For most of you, this man needs no introduction. Josh Butler recently linked up with local hardware brand Bender to bring us some crispy new footage. Watch Josh’s new part from Bender below, filmed by Matt Mazza.

Bender Hardware

Frontside Bluntslide by Josh Butler.

More from Bender Hardware *available now in-store at Ambush Board Co.

More from Josh Butler and the Ambush Skate Team

This tool fits in your pocket and can assemble an entire skateboard

Last Fall, Leatherman Tools® a.k.a. “The Original American Tool Company” decided to put over thirty years of tool R&D into creating a line of pocket tools designed for skateboarders. The idea was to create a multi-tool that could assemble and disassemble an entire skateboard and still find a comfortable place in your pocket. Mission accomplished.

Last weekend one of our in-house skate wizards, Ben Mercer, decided to put a Letherman Grind to the test. After a lengthy morning session of skating and board building, Ben gives you his two cents on the Leatherman Grind.

Unsnapped image of the Leatherman Grind pocket Skateboard Tool

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Franchise FLX Product Review

It’s unreal to think that we now have a full cable park right down the street! Located in Cartersville, Ga., Terminus Wake Park is truly a blessing for wakeboarders in the Atlanta area. I’m more excited than a Lake Allatoona fisherman would be if they found out a Bass Pro Shop was going in right next door! (And yes, that might actually happen too.) Yeehaw!

With all the excitement of having such an amazing cable park so close, it’s easy to overlook things like a good “cable” board, or maybe that’s just me? When I heard that thing was up and running, I grabbed my Hyperlite Murray and voided that warranty with no hesitation. Within a week I slid my board to the core and crushed one of the corners on a feature. So don’t be a dummy like me and ruin a perfectly good boat board. Keep your boat board alive and get a solid cable board in your quiver. You won’t be disappointed. A cable specific board lasts longer and will be a whole lot more fun.

In my eyes, the Hyperlite Franchise FLX is hands down the dopest dope for Hyperlite’s cable board line. Made for pro rider Jimmy LaRiche, this board is the flexiest, most durable Hyperlite board I’ve ridden. The fully machined crossover flex core really gives the board that flexy/snappy feel of wood and, with the 360 degree ABS sidewall, you’re not going to crush or delam this bad boy either.

2014 Hyperlite Franchise FLX

2014 Hyperlite Franchise FLX

I really like that the board has no contours or channels running through the tip or tail to get maximum feel and control when pressed out on features. I love this board and I can almost guarantee that you will too. So stop into Ambush Board Co., Atlanta’s premiere wakeboard shop, and check it out!

The Perfect Cable Board

The Perfect Cable Board

Racked – Game Of S.K.A.T.E

The twentieth edition of the bi-annual Ambush Game of S.K.A.T.E. is happening this weekend. This marks ten years worth of kickflip battles, high ollie contests, and epic raffles. The weather is going to dip into the thirties early Saturday morning so you know the weather is going to shape up nicely. Add Stormy and a pile of product to give out, then you have a recipe for an epic game-of-skate.

Here are the essential must-haves in order to survive Saturday’s Game Of S.K.A.T.E. 

*FREE shirt for participants

Shake Junt Box Logo Backpack ($36) Independent 78 TC Wind Breaker Jacket ($60) Ambush Board Co. Slouch Beanie ($20) Vans TNT 5 Shoe ($65) Skanunu 2oz Bearing Cleaner & Lube ($7) Ambush Game Of Skate 20 tee (FREE) Skullcandy Fix headphones ($28) Ambush Complete Skateboard ($100) Sparco 6″x9″ Clipboard ($1)

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Ambush Game Of Skate 20 Flyer

For more information on Game Of S.K.A.T.E. 20 “Like” us on Facebook or call 770.420.911.

Racked – Back 2 Basics

For this outfit we kept it classy with traditional blues, soft grays, and a bit of red for contrast. The result is a sophisticated look suitable for almost any occasion. Whether you’re in class, at the skatepark, or in the middle of a six-hour GTA 5 marathon, these threads are a sure shot.

Back 2 Basics

Available in-store and onlineLevis 504 Regular Straight Fit Jean ($78) Habitat Garcia Shoe ($65) Volcom Flug Belt ($22) RVCA That’ll Do Oxford LS ($54) Glassy Mike Mo Sunglasses ($30) Altamont Cottonwood Camp Hat ($28) Nixon Quad Watch ($100)

Darah Moss in Ambush Premium Apparel

This roof-top set features the Ambush Puff beanie and Party With Us tee worn by Darah Moss. During the shoot we were battling to keep a waist-high ledge out of the background. Even though Darah is tall, I had to have her stand on a cement ash tray so the ledge would stay out of the frame. By the way these came out,  I’d say Darah’s balancing act paid off.

The Ambush Party With Us tee and Puff beanie are now available in-store.

Ambush Puff beanie in "Lakers"

Ambush Puff beanie in "Lakers"

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Kayla Medina in the Ambush “Puff” Beanie

For this quick set of photos, Kayla found an long brick wall up on the roof of her apartment that she wanted to check out. Five sets of stairs and a cup of coffee later (thanks Darah), the sun was starting to peak above the horizon and the light shaped up nicely. Here Kayla is rocking the Thrasher ‘Goat’ logo tee, a pair of SPY Alcatraz glasses, and the Ambush Premium ‘Puff’ beanie in Dolphin.

*The Thrasher ‘Goat’ logo tee and the Ambush Premium ‘Puff’ beanie are both available in-store

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