Ambush Crew Wakesurf Review

A few of us decided to grab some of the industry leading surfers and give you a little inside look and share our thoughts.  Our main goal is obvious…we just want to ride behind our Nautique Boats G21 w/ NSS as much as humanly possible every week.  We loaded the boat full of boards from Hyperlite, Slingshot, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, and Inland Surfer.  We even have a little sneak peak with a 2016 Slingshot that you’re sure to love!

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2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi – Billy

Billy HiFi

This was my first time riding one of Hyperlite’s Dura-Shell construction boards.  The Dura-Shell construction really adds some needed durability to the surfer and also sheds a TON of weight off the board.A few things I noticed when picking up the board for the first time was the overall weight.  Sucker is LIGHT.  I also really liked that the board had a hard edge profile that ran tip to tail.  For a skim-style board, this is essential since this style of board is typically pretty loose on the water.  Finally, the fins.  This surfer does not come with a traditional surf (fish-shaped) fin, instead it comes with 3 – 0.8” P-Wings that provide just enough grip while allowing you to free up the board easily for spins and shuv’s.

After my set on the board, I had to really adjust to how loose it was.  I ran it with two of the 0.8” P-Wing fins in the outside positions.  Centered up on the board it had just enough edge-hold to carve around without any worries, but if you started to cheat your feet towards either side of the board to gain more edge hold the board did free up unexpectedly causing me to slip out several times.  Stay centered on the board and you’ll be able to cruise in the pocket, drift back, and set up for tricks very easily.  Next time, I will try it with one center fin in the back to see if I like it better.

Overall, the Hi-Fi wasn’t my favorite ride ever since I tend to like surf-style boards over skim-style.  But, if you’re into skim-style boards this one is going to be your jam!  Pick one up and give it a shot…the 2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi won’t disappoint.

2015 Ronix Koal Powertail – Nick

Gaddy Head Down

The Ronix Koal Powertail was a good time after a bit of getting used too. At first, I kept slipping out on my toes at the top of the wave unexpectedly. It felt solid and stable at the bottom of the wave but as soon as I got to the top I would get sent to my face. Super weird, but it could’ve just been the fact that I haven’t ridden a different board in awhile. Other than that, I liked the big shape, it really added some stability and drive and with some time I think I’d really like it. I’ll give her another shot for sure!


2015 Liquid Force TC Custom Skim – Lee

Liquid Force TC Skim

The word “skim” usually denotes a board that is super loose on the surface of the water. Skim style wakesurfers are typically made for more advanced wakesurfers that want to be able to whip surface 360s, boost airs, and pop shuvits. And, although the Liquid Force TC Custom Skim is built for that, I was pleasantly surprised by how stable the board was. The board has a more locked in rail-to-rail feel that can be utilized when performing more surf style tricks. And, the board can easily be broken free when attempting skim style tricks. It’s a great all around board for both approaches.

I would recommend this board for riders that are looking for a more user-friendly skim style surfer or anyone that wants the best of both skim style and surf style worlds.


2015 Byerly Buzz / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Cole

Cole Cobra Cat

Slingshot- The Slingshot Cobra Cat XR is a very responsive board. The deep channels along the edge of the board make for very quick turns from edge to edge. The wider squash tail gives it a lot of speed when pumping the wave and also makes for easy releases when trying airs. This board is great for someone who is looking to take there surf style riding to the next level!  Byerly Buzz – The Byerly Buzz is by far the most easy riding surf style board out there. It’s shaped by the surfing legend himself, Scott Bouchard and you can tell cause it has those true surfy characteristics that you want in a board. The pin tail makes it very responsive when making quick turns and cuts at the wave. I rode with all 3 fins and it gave me plenty of drive to build speed but also was able to make the board release with ease. This board is a all around great surfer for anyone to ride.


2015 Byerly Hazzard – Eric

Eric Surf

For me…wakesurfing is about having fun and trying to capture the feel of riding a real surfboard on a real wave…and I get that when I’m on the Byerly Hazard.  In my estimation, Butch is one of two true shapers in wake (the other being Jimmy Redmon).  Butch’s serious ability as a shaper shows through in the Hazard.  It’s highly maneuverable, it stays in the pocket well, it’s fast when you want it to be, you can stall it when you need to, and the surfer never wants to dive or pearl like some of the others I’ve ridden.  The Hazard can be used in a variety of fin configurations.  I like riding it as a quad.

2015 Inland Surfer Blue Lake / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Derek

Derek Slingshot Surfer

My dark horse is defiantly the Blue Lake by Inland Surfer.  Coming in at 8 pounds and 5’4″ it was the biggest and heaviest board in the group that we had and I thought no way this would be fun.  After a few carves in I really enjoyed how responsive it was.  I was able to throw it around and move towards and away from the boat with ease.  The Blue Lake’s size is ideal for beginners to advanced riders no doubt and would make for a great wakesurfer that anyone can ride if you had to choose just one for the boat.  My personal favorite and one you need to keep an eye out for is the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.   I was floored when it arrived just looking at it.  The details are overly impressive like the Carbon Innegra Rails, traditional surf-style nose, and my new personal favorite FCSII fins.  FCSII is designed for quick, easy and toolless fin customization which comes straight from the Surf Industry.   Slingshot basically sent me a surf board from the future and I couldn’t wait to surf it.   My first few rides I used the stock FCSII blue glassflex fins and I liked how the board performed.  I felt in control and really enjoyed the speed and how the board reacted.  The boys over at Alliance Wakesurf put me in contact with Matt Jones from Surf Hardware International and he sent me the new FCSII Neoglass fiberglass mold injected fins to try out with the board.

So what’s the difference you ask?  Tons of performance!  The fins are a little stiffer and shaped thinner in profile which really made the board light and lively under my feet.  If you want you can see the endless amount of options with FCSII fins…from injected to Carbon Fiber fins your options of riding feel are endless.  I’m defiantly going to be putting some hours into the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.  This is one of those surfers that you can relax and ride or kickstart the accelerated rocker line and charge up and down the wave for a wicked expression session.  Keep an eye out for this wakesurf board soon!

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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Red Bull Illume – Piedmont Park – Atlanta, Georgia

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.

The Story

The Categories

Red Bull Skydivers

The Ramp

Skyler 5-oh Fakie

Ambush Team Rider CatNip Blasting Off

Sick Ramp

The Night is Here

Red Bull Rep Dan enjoying Some Nice Food

Yoder Showing off his VIP Pass

Paulding County Blood is Real Thick

Last photo I remember. Thanks Red Bull for an AWESOME Night



















Alpinestars Spring Break Giveaway

Win the ultimate Spring Break prize pack courtesy of Alpinestars and the Atlanta wakeboard shop, Ambush Boarding Co. If you can’t load and release like Palma just yet well… at least you can look like him. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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The Slingshot Space Pickle

You’ve never seen a board like the Space Pickle.  An all new ultra-wide thumb tail design that’s sure to take your wave riding to the next level.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun with the Space Pickle this year.” Slingshot explains. “Obviously it’s great in the surf, but the guys have really been crushing it behind the boat. It’s a blast.”

Check out the Space Pickle in action behind the boat. If you’re looking for a low impact, fun way to work your lower and upper body…then look no further.

Stop by the shop and see what the Slingshot Space Pickle is all about. For pricing, availability, paddle sizing and more, give us a call at 770-420-9111.

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Chasing Mavericks | FREE Prescreening

Action sports themed blockbusters have become a staple in Hollywood. Over the past twenty years, feature films like Point Break and Blue Crush have given audiences an inside glimpse into the world of surfing. Well, at least how Hollywood portrays it anyway. Next in line is Chasing Mavericks, a movie based on the life of surfer Jay Moriarity and his quest to surf America’s most dangerous wave. The movie, due out October 26, features Hollywood heavyweights like Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue.

A prescreening for Chasing Mavericks is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Atlantic Station and we have free passes. All you have to do is go to this website and enter code AMBUSHBXN4. Each user may download two passes and availability is first-come-first-serve. Don’t sleep and reserve your tickets now.

Chasing Mavericks Ambush Boarding Co.

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For questions call the shop at 770-420-9111.





Ambush Turns 15

Ambush Boarding Co. is about to celebrate its 15th Anniversary.  In observation of the last decade and a half, let’s take a look back and see just how long 15 years really is:

When Ambush opened in June of 1997, Bill Clinton was president, Ally McBeal and Dawson’s Creek were considered great television, Michael Jordan just won his fifth of six NBA championships, and Titanic won Best Picture.

In 1997, only 18% of households had the internet.  As of 2010, over 80% are online (the other 20% live in caves).  Similarly, only 18% of the U.S. population had cell phones in 1997.  That figure is now upwards of 97%.  S#!t, nearly 60% of cell phones now have the internet.  In 1997, text messaging didn’t exist, Google was still a research project, and a gallon of gas cost $1.20 on average.

Myspace (founded 2003), Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005), Twitter (2006), and Instagram (2010) weren’t even invented yet.  Neither was Circa (founded 1999), Lakai (1999), Enjoi (2000), Baker (2000), Krew (2002), or Fallen (2003).

The most popular, and now defunct, brands from that era were A-Team, Silverstar, World Industries, Maple, and 101.  Wakeboards didn’t have bindings (they had sandals), wakeskates and wakesurfers didn’t exist, and puffy shoes with painters jeans were all the rage.  In 1997, Ambush sold more CDs than skateboards.

We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings and we’ve had a lot of fun in the process.

So, now that you’ve had a brief history lesson, commemorate this milestone with us.  On June 15th, we’ll be celebrating 15 years of Ambush Boarding Co.  Throughout the day, Ambush will be offering 15% off everything in the store, a Skullcandy DJ will be mixing out of the Red Bull MXT Urban Assault truck, there will be free food and drink, tons of giveaways, and some ledges and rails for you to jam on.  A private party will follow the event.

Thank you for all your support.

Innovation Over Satiation

“There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable, and no frontiers beyond our reach.” – John S. Herrington

We all want to be innovators. We all want to make a difference in the world. We all want to invent the next thing, perform a new trick, advance a new style, or turn a head in our direction. We all want to push forward and be remembered. We all want to progress.

The only thing is: being an innovator is extremely difficult. Mediocre people are always trying to convince you that you can’t. Jealous people will to tell you why you won’t. The masses will ridicule your ideas and say they will never work.

But everything’s been done before. Wrong.

ABD. This spot is shut down. Really?

That trick is impossible. Why?

Dream big and you will not only progress in your own life, you will uplift other lives as well. Consider these advancements in skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. Without these innovations, the sports would never have gotten to where they are. And you may not have been able to enjoy them to the level you have become accustomed to.

Wherever you are and whatever you do, thank an innovator for bringing it to you.

The Ollie – you can thank Alan Gelfand and Rodney Mullen for taking skateboarding to new heights.

The ThrusterSimon Anderson revolutionized surfing with his three fin setup. Stability + drive = surfing progression.

Rocker/Reverse Camber Snowboards – whether you believe the first rocker/reverse camber snowboard was the Lib Tech Skate Banana or invented by some snowboard guru in 1986, there is no doubt the shape changed the way you ride a snowboard.

Skate Shoes – the Van Doren family brought grip, board feel, heel protection to skateboarding footwear.


Surf Forecasting – how did we every know where and when a swell would hit before the late Sean Collins?

You Tube – nothing has pushed performance faster than 10,000,000 skaters, snowboarders, surfers posting their talents for all to see.

Black Friday Sale

A couple of my friends are leaving their respective Thanksgiving celebrations early to camp out at Best Buy for some ultra cheap TV. They are spending their turkey day not with family…but in a parking lot. Why? To save money.

We are a little more sane here at Ambush. We are having a nice little Black Friday Sale where you can save a bunch of money. But…we won’t make you stand in line for hours and get trampled by the big box barbarians. This sale is for everyone and it lasts all day.

$100 off any 2012 complete snowboard (board, boot, and binding)

$20 off any complete skateboard

Buy one get one 50% off on all clothing (of equal or lesser value)

And, for those of you who like to get up early, take an extra 10% off from 7 am – 10 am.

Happy Thanksgiving.

How Old Are Your Heroes?


You are going to die! That’s a fact. It happens to all of us. We get older, lose a step or two, and then fade into oblivion. Hopefully, while you were able-bodied, you made an impact on skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing or wakeboarding. These folks below definitely did (and continue to this day). So, next time you think you are old and washed up, think of this: These guys are still killing it…



Tony Hawk (Age 43)

Eric Koston (Age 36)

Tony Alva (Age 54)

Kelly Slater (Age 39)

Jake Burton Carpenter (Age 57)

Sunny Garcia (Age 41)

Christian Hosoi (Age 44)

Steve Caballero (Age 47)

Jamie Thomas (Age 37)

Gerry Lopez (Age 63)

Stormy Pruett (Old as F#<K)

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