Once a year Body Glove rolls through town to reward loyal Body Glove and Ambush customers with a day on the lake with one of their team riders. Last Sunday, Body Glove and Buywake.com rider (and the best wakeboarder on the planet), Harley Clifford, spent the day on Lake Allatoona with seven of our best supporters.
Harley cured everyone’s Pro Tour Block Party hangover with a killer set behind the Ambush Nautique G-21. For most of the riders in the boat, it was the first time they were able to experience that level of riding up close and in person.
Harley Clifford Blowin’ Minds
Then, it was time for the fans to ride.
Kyle Butler Slayshin’
Mac Rubright mid-Tantrum
A.J. Petrillo in the Clouds
A.J. Petrillo’s run inspired Harley and the two decided to take a doubles set.
A.J. Boosting over Harley
Harley’s Raley over A.J.
Body Glove High Fives
Inverted Body Glove High Fives
After the water started to get blown out, the wake surf sessions began. Each rider treated the Nautique G-21 wake like their personal chopping block.
Frank Maiolo Trimming down the Line
Chad Smallwood Getting Comfy
Claire Doyle Showing the Boys How its Done
A Determined Drew Carter
Followed by a set at Terminus Wake Park to finish the day.
Check the video of the event:
Much thanks to Body Glove, Harley Clifford, Kevin Michael, Joe McNulty, A.J. and Jamie Petrillo, Drew Carter, Frank Maiolo, Chad Smallwood, Kyle Butler, Claire Doyle, and Mac Rubright. It was a fun day.
Harley Ride Day Crew (L to R): A.J. Petrillo, Drew Carter, Joe McNulty, Frank Maiolo, Chad Smallwood, Harley Clifford, Kyle Butler, Mac Rubright, Claire Doyle
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!
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:
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.
Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of competitive wakeboarding. They give aspiring riders the opportunity to square off against equally skilled wakeboarders and work their way through the divisions until they are ready to compete at the Junior Men and Pro level. That’s why we do events like Wake Classic. We want to afford local wakeboarders the chance to improve their skills and see how they stack up against other riders in the community.
The 2015 Wake Classic saw an definitive jump in talent from last year’s event. Even riders in the Beginner Division were pushing their respective limits and using their riding to make a statement towards other competitors in the division. And, it was great to see the amount of cable riders that got out of their comfort zone and competed behind the boat. Finally, we want to give a special shout out to all of the riders that came from far and wide to participate in the Wake Classic. We appreciate you coming out. The contest was a great success.
Advanced Division Podium L to R: Craig Reidy, Scott Perkins, Sadie Perkins, Garrett Reidy
1st Place: Colby Bernier (AL)
2nd Place: Alex Graydon (AL)
3rd Place: Justin Lee (GA)
Alex Graydon photo: Lane Jordan
Cole Vanthof photo: Lane Jordan
Major thanks to Hyperlite, Nautique Boats, Body Glove, Slingshot, Remote, Von Zipper, Hurley, Billabong, O’Neill, Reef, Liquid Force, Fox, Quiksilver, and Jet Pilot. Without your support we could not have had such a killer event.
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.
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.
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.
What hasn’t Scott Byerly contributed to wake sports? Everyone knows Byerly as the “Godfather of Wakeboarding” and one of the earliest pioneers of wakeskating. But, did you know that Byerly also invented wake surfing? (As it currently exists. People have been tanker surfing off the coast of Galveston, TX since the 1950s).
Wakesurfing was first brought to the public eye in a largely ignored video by the now defunct brand Badass Bindings. The video showed Byerly and Bruce Clem paddling in to massive wakes thrown up by the first Super Air Nautique in the summer of 2001. Since then, wakesurfing has become one of the most important niches in water sports.
Now that waksurfing has blown up, we at Ambush have fully embraced it as a competitive sport. Last weekend’s G-Series Wakesurf Contest was the first wakesurf specific contest that we have put on. And, the contest was a blast.
The competition was pretty intense given the friendly, grassroots vibe of the event. Friends, siblings, and co-workers battled it out for wake-slashing supremacy. The new Nautique G-21 wake served as a huge canvas for wakesurfing artistry and the riders did not disappoint. Surfers were boosting airs, blowing out their tails, and doing surface spins that would rival some of the pros. Check the montage of the event and the contest results.
The Nautique G-Series are undoubtedly the best boats in the world to wakesurf behind. The perfect manage-a-trios of a super deep hull, massive wake, the new all new NSS make this boat churn our a wave that looks like a mini version of Kirra on a perfect East swell.
In celebration of this incredible line of boats, Ambush is throwing the G-Series Wakesurf Contest on Saturday, July 12th at Lake Arrowhead.
Registration is open now at Ambush. The cost is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. You can register in any of the 6 divisions (beginner women, beginner men, advanced women skim, advanced women surf, advanced men skim, advanced men surf) where you will be subjectively judged based on style, technical skill, variety, and intensity.
A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of each advanced division. Register now to secure your spot in the contest.
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-420-9111.
The Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest is sponsored by Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Byerly, Spy, Billabong, Ronix, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Accurate, Reef, Body Glove, and Jet Pilot.
The level of riding on The Wakeskate Tour has d*mn near gotten out of hand. Straight up, these guys are go for the gusto right out of the gate as if the qualifying round is simply a massive final before a smaller final.
We’re pumped to see Ambush riders Josh Zentmeyer, Ben Horan, and our good friends Austin & Travis Pastura at the forefront shaking things up. Press play and watch this incredible recap video put together by Rockstar. Oh yeah, and Benni…that frontside heelflip caused an earthquake up here at the shop.
Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of our sport. They cultivate the next generation of wakeboarders, push riders to improve their skills through friendly competition, and bring together the local wake scene. Yeah, the Pro Wakeboard Tour is important. The level of riding is insane. Sponsors infuse money into the sport. Legacies are cemented. But, without grassroots events like the Ambush Wake Classic, the Pro Tour would be dead in less time than it takes to de-winterize your boat.
And, not to get all sappy sentimental on you. But, the wakeboard community needs you, the rider, to keep these grassroots events alive. So give yourself a huge pat on the back for playing a part in the survival and progression of wakeboarding. And, after you’ve congratulated yourself on your contribution to the sport you love, check out the video, pics, and results from the day.
Big thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen: Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Lake Acworth, Slingshot, Remote, Spy, Ronix, CWB, Billabong, Liquid Force, Reef, Jet Pilot, O’Neill, Quiksilver, and Body Glove.
The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect
Wakesurfing Took Over the Ambush Wake Classic. With Moves Like This, We are Happy it Did.
Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug
Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding
Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing
Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23
Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard
You Didn’t Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board
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 who 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.
Ambush Board Co.
2555 Cobb Place Ln
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: (770) 420-9111
1690 Roberts Blvd, Ste 105
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(800) 408-9945 or (770) 406-6568
2871 McCollum Pkwy
Kennesaw, GA 30144