Learn backside tailslides with ambush team rider Jordan Smith.
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Josh Zentmeyer oozes charisma. From his dayjob to the skatepark, from the skatepark to the wakepark, Josh is always excelling at what he’s doing. It’s no wonder that his unfailing work ethic has morphed him into an incredible skateboarder and wakeskater. Josh brings a unique perspective to wakeskating and often pops his signature Andrew Reynolds-esqe frontside flips higher than most big-box pros can dream (proof at 2:32). We’re proud to see Josh flying the Ambush Board Co. flag and look forward to watching his bright future unfold.
Have a seat on the couch with Ambush team riders Jordan Smith and Mitchell shutters for some insight and funny stories. Part 1 of 2.
The boys are back and Spring is in the air. Check out the Robert Johnson vibes in this new Spring Mix edit featuring your favorite Ambush skaters doing what they do best. Filming by Max, Matt Mazza, Josh Butler and Dakota Plumley.
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This past Friday was the Element No Board Left Behind event here at Ambush Board Co. If you had an old deck laying around the house, Element was kind enough to bring all there supplies to cut it into a cruiser shape for FREE! Also if you bought an Element deck the day of the event you, received free cruiser wheels and trucks courtesy of Element! Pretty sick deal if you ask me. Sorry for those who missed out.
On the scene hanging out were Element pros Levi Brown and Evan Smith. Big thanks to them for coming to hang out. They are some chill dudes! The Legend himself Donny Barley was on hand as well cutting your boards personally just for you! He did an awesome job. Big thanks to Andy Dicker for providing the entertainment while everyone was getting there decks hooked up! Huge thanks to Element and everyone who came out to get there boards cut. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the future.
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
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!
Piedmont Park will play host to the Red Bull Illume each night from March 20th – 30th from sundown through 11PM. You can catch some world class photos from some of Red Bull’s finest photographers. All of the photos are in big light boxes that are glowing throughout the park. During the opening event, Red Bull skydivers parachuted out of a plane and as soon as they landed all the light boxes lit up. I was able to make it out on opening night to capture the Ambush team riders skating the mini ramp and putting on a show on for the crowd. During their session, some of the Red Bull photographers shot some ill photos with them. After all the madness of skydiving and skateboarding, the Ambush Crew was able to get in the VIP party where all drinks and food were on Red Bull! It was pretty dang sweet. That pretty much sums up the whole night! Here are the photos of what I saw. And, Max made a sick edit of the night too.