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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:

Prize package contents

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

SUPRA Footwear Chino Skate Shoe | Video

Vulcanized is the Answer.

The SUPRA Chino is a straightforward design built for skateboarding.  It features a modern take on timeless vulcanized skate shoes in an upper, comprised of a clean vamp and uninterrupted expanses of material.  A lightly padded collar and tongue with a dual density EVA insole provides ample comfort and protection, while a vulcanized sole of SUPRA tread ensures superior grip.  Our Team Rider Zeke Logan is no stranger to this shoe and you can bet if he backs it you need too get on it.  Swing by the shop to try on a pair for yourself or if you’re out of town hit the link below – we got you!

Which color SUPRA Chino do you want to wear?

 

Are You Ready to Shred? | ABC Snow Set Ups

Coming at you HOT with a little 1, 2, 3 punch of suggested snowboarding set ups for three of my favorite riding conditions.  Check them out here and make sure you’re prepared!

Dumping/Powder Day

 

Powder Day

Set Up:

WHY – On days when it’s dumping or you’ve been blessed by the Powder Gods that reign supreme over each mountain range, speed and response win the game.  Having a setup that is hard charging and able to carry speed through powder is key.  Stiffer boots and bindings help with the transition of power edge to edge and also help with driving through turns as you navigate the mountain.  Warmer outerwear, especially gloves, help in case you take a spill in the deep fluffy stuff and have to slowly inch worm your way back to the hard pack.  Also, get a solid pair of goggles with a low-light lens…like the Oakley Flight Deck w/ Prizm Rose Lens.  This will help with being able to see the terrain in front of you during low-light/grey sky riding conditions.  Another item to think about is a hood, not the one attached to your jacket, but a secondary.  Peep this one from Airhole above to keep the snow out as you get chest deep on such an epic day!  Oh yeah, don’t forget your snorkel – haha.

Blue Bird Day

                Blue Bird Day | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Honestly, this is my favorite kind of riding condition.  Sure, who doesn’t like it when it’s dumping snow…but…I absolutely LOVE it when it’s just perfect.  For days like this, grab your best all-mountain board and boots/bindings that give you support when you need it but offer some flex when you get the itch for some freestyle or park riding.  I like the Machete from Ride, the Custom Flying V from Burton, or the Metal Gnuru from GNU for days like these…personally, I ride the Metal Gnuru.  One of the best boards I’ve ridden in a long time.  Make sure you also go with some lighter to mid-weight outerwear and gloves since you’ll probably be up and down the mountain all day long.  This will help you regulate temperature better and not to over-heat during your session.  A pair of goggles with a nice mirror tint to them helps when the sun is beating down on the slopes and then reflecting back up into your face.  You don’t notice it, but having something to help block some of the UV transmission really helps protect your eyes while enjoying the day.  Also, treat yourself to any and all opportunities to try local beers around the mountain.  Those guys ride and brew for a living to…they’ve usually got something to compliment your day for the perfect apres-ski brewski!  Cheers!

East Coast/Ice Coast Riding

               Tubing | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Just Kidding…but seriously, it was in the 70’s this December all the way up the East Coast.  While it was nice to keep rocking flip-flops and riding with the top down/doors off on my Wrangler until New Year’s Day…I’m welcoming the cold that has finally crept in and allowing our resorts here on the E. Coast to start compiling snow.

IceCoast | Snowboarding

Set Up:

WHY – Being an East Coast native myself, I long for the trips out West of the Mississippi to go riding.  They always end up being a blast.  But, for the times when I stay more localized during the season, I typically gravitate towards boards that have features like Lib Tech’s “Magnatraction” or Arbor’s “Grip-Tech” contact points.  It helps when cutting through ice patches that are notorious here on the “Ice Coast”…I mean East Coast.  Also, things typically end up being more freestyle/park oriented on the East Coast since our runs are shorter…grab a board/boot/binding set up like the one above to ensure you have something soft and flexible enough to make the most of your day!  A lighter to mid-weight outerwear/glove combo works here too.  Sometimes, riding in a base layer and a shirt is all you need.  There’s something freeing about riding with the bare essentials from time to time…it’s liberating for sure.  Any goggles work really, just be mindful of the light conditions for the day…more light transmission on overcast days and less light transmission (something with some mirror or tint) on brighter days.  Also, don’t forget your ice scraper…you might need it when you go to load back up in the car.  Knock that ice that accumulated on your windshield off while you were charging the mountain before you head home!

Don’t forget, it’s always good to think about base layer and riding socks too.  Essential part of each rider’s gear…no matter where you’re riding.  Be sure to check out what we’ve got from Dakine, Stance, Under Armour, and Burton to make sure you’ve got your bases covered!

Now, get out there and RIDE!  It is go time and don’t forget to pick up anything you might need from AmbushBoardCo.com or come by the shop to see anything in person!

Converse One Star Skate Shoe w/ Wes Lembo

Wes took some time to do work with the new Converse One Star skate shoes!  Watch the video and then swing by the shop or grab a pair online!

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.

Lift Jabroni

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:

The Shining

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.

She's Lost It

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.

686 Smarty Graphic

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.

16 Union Force

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.

16 Oakley PRIZM Goggles

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

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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.

16 32 Light JP

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:

16 Arbor Westmark Rocker

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.

16 Lib Tech Hot Knife FM

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.

16 Hot Knife C3 Tech Graph

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!

Linked by Ink: The Ambush x Skinwerks Collab

Craig Foster

Craig Foster

Skateboarding, tattoos, and art have been culturally forged together through decades of avant garde contrarianism, a blunt questioning of societal norms, and a passion for personal expression. The relationship between skateboarding and tattoos can be seen everywhere from board graphics to the amount of ink on the archetypal skater’s body. As skateboarding, art, and tattoos weave in and out of each other’s existence they leave lasting impressions on one another. In Atlanta, none have done that more than Ambush Board Co., Craig Foster, Jules Woods, and Skinwerks Tattoo.

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The Traveling LTD Project Wrap Up

Spreading the love of wakeboarding is something we have been doing since day one.  Ambush Board Co. and Slingshot team riders Shredtown got together and produced a limited run of 15 wakeboards that featured a alternate colorway with additional graphics of their 2014 pro model.  The Co-op was intended to stoke out fans of Shredtown and Ambush and give them the opportunity to own a piece of wakeboard history.  In doing so we came up with the idea to send one board all over the country for people to try and this became The Traveling LTD Project.  It was a simple process of simply signing up and patently waiting by the phone for your chance.  With a select few getting the opportunity they would in turn get to keep the board for a week (sometimes two) to see what they could do on it.  The overwhelming reply from everyone was that they absolutely loved the board and we instantly converted Slingshot fans.  It’s these opportunities to allow people to try something new or different that give us a great sense of helping wakeboarding move closer to the masses.  With so many cable parks opening up regionally the cost of wakeboarding is slowly but surly bringing new people to the sport.

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2015 Snow Preview with Ambush Board Co.

Well here we go again.  It’s the beginning of August and we are already talking about snowboarding and what’s new in the snowboard game for 2015.  Crazy to think that all the hot new gear starts arriving at the tail end of the summer, but that’s so we can have exactly what you’ve been looking for in time for the holidays and your snow trips.  With some pretty profound advancements in snowboarding technology from Magne-Traction to tech outerwear, what do you think is the hot new thing this year is going to be?  To get you in the mood here are some hand-selected items that we have coming that will only enhance your snowboarding experience.

 

Here are two boards you really want to keep in mind for this year.

2015 Lib Tech TRS XC2 is an all-mountain killer!  A new formula of C2 with a shorter, but aggressive Banana rocker combined with cambers that sit more underfoot.   Camber Banana Tech & Magne-Traction…yes, please!

2015 TRS XC2 BTX

2015 TRS XC2 BTX

2015 Never Summer Ripsaw with CR technology is  one to keep your eye on.   Never Summer has this new CR Technology that features amplified camber areas that are longer and deeper than their traditional Rocker Camber (RC) boards.  True twin tip with crazy pop!

2015 Never Summer CR

2015 Never Summer CR

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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!

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