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Daily Bread vs. Rhett Whatley

Rhett Whatley has been mixing music for years.

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!

Daily Bread

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:

Now listen to his track for the 2015 Hyperlite Baseline product video with the legendary Shaun Murray:

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.

Wake Classic Wrap Up

 

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.

Check the recap video below:

 

2015 Wake Classic Results

Women’s Division:
1st Place: Callaway Ford (GA)
2nd Place: Mattie Armer (GA)
3rd Place: Josie Barszcz (GA)

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

Women’s Division Podium L to R: Josie Barszcz, Mattie Armer, Callaway Ford

 

Beginner Division:
1st Place: Logan Gates (GA)
2nd Place: Trevor Arnold (AL)
3rd Place: Derrick White (TN)

Beginner Division Podium L to R: Derrick White, Trevor Arnold, Logan Gates

Beginner Division Podium L to R: Derrick White, Trevor Arnold, Logan Gates

 

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: Caleb Sentz (GA)
2nd Place: Ben Peters
3rd Place: Christian Gunger

Intermediate Division Podium L to R: Ben Peters, Caleb Sentz, Christian Gunger

Intermediate Division Podium L to R: Ben Peters, Caleb Sentz, Christian Gunger

 

Advanced Division:
1st Place: Scott Perkins (GA)
2nd Place: Craig Reidy (GA)
3rd Place: Garrett Reidy (GA)

Advanced Division Podium L to R: Craig Reidy, Scott Perkins, Sadie Perkins, Garrett Reidy

Advanced Division Podium L to R: Craig Reidy, Scott Perkins, Sadie Perkins, Garrett Reidy

 

Open Division:
1st Place: Colby Bernier (AL)
2nd Place: Alex Graydon (AL)
3rd Place: Justin Lee (GA)

Alex Graydon photo: Lane Jordan

Alex Graydon photo: Lane Jordan

Cole Vanthof 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.

 

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

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.

 

Ambush Wake Classic 2015

 

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.

 

 

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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Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

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.

Video credit: Cameron Pugh

 

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest Results

Beginner Women:
1st Place: Colleen Cain
2nd Place: Kristina Burns
3rd Place: Kaeley Creasman
Beginner Men:
1st Place: Mason Liner
2nd Place: Parker Phillips
3rd Place: Jake Borton
Masters Women:
1st Place: Beth Chao
2nd Place: Donna Skellham
3rd Place: Sue Borton
Masters Men:
1st Place: Danny Biebricher
2nd Place: Jay Baker
3rd Place: Josh Creasman
Advanced Women Skim:
1st Place: Abigail Chao
2nd Place: Jordan Wolfe
3rd Place: Taylor Wolfe
Advanced Men Skim:
1st Place: Leland Watkins
2nd Place: Jamie Eichler
3rd Place: Nathan Chao
Advanced Women Surf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Taylor Wolfe
3rd Place: Abigail Chao
Advanced Men Surf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

 

Special thanks to Nautique, Hyperlite, Eddie Beverly, Danny Biebricher at Allatoona Adventures, Ronix, Spy, Slingshot, and O’Neill.

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

 

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.

 

Ambush G- Series Wakesurf Contest

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 info@ambushboardco.com 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 2014 Wakeskate Tour Suwannee Pro Recap Video

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.

BOOM!

 

2014 Ambush Wake Classic

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.

 

 

Contest Results:

Women’s Wakeboard
1st Place: Jenna Malcolm
2nd Place: Madi McCreary
3rd Place: Gabrielle Cumm

Beginner Wakeboard
1st Place: Pierce “Spanky” Bishop
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Robbie Brown

Intermediate Wakeboard:
1st Place: Garrett Reidy
2nd Place: Devin Baker
3rd Place: Taylor Jimenez

Advanced Wakeboard:
1st Place: Ryan Wakenigg
2nd Place: Blake Grimsley
3rd Place: Craig Reidy

Open Wakeboard:
1st Place: Taylor Van Haastrecht
2nd Place: Justin Lee
3rd Place: Quinn Silvernale

Women’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Bonnie Kline
3rd Place: Abigial Chao

Men’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Jamie Eichler

 

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

The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect

 

 

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Wakesurfing Took Over the Ambush Wake Classic. With Moves Like This, We are Happy it Did.

 

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

 

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

 

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

 

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23.

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23

 

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

 

Surfers Rule

Surfers Rule

 

Boys Drool

Boys Drool

 

You Didn't Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

You Didn’t Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

 

Thanks for Coming

Thanks for Coming

A Day In The Life of Josh Zentmeyer

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.

Ambush Board Co. Five Panel Hat

Can't stop the JZ Pop.

Boneless

More on Josh Zentmeyer 

Winter Wanderings featuring Jeff Mathis

Jeff Mathis’s unique cable-centric style is a breath of fresh air in a wake-scene once dominated by old school boat jockeys. Mathis recently made the move to Kennesaw, Ga. to train and help out at Terminus Wake Park – where he’s been making quite the name for himself.

This edit features Jeff slaying it this past Winter at Terminus, Valdosta Wake Compound, and a host of other Southeast spots.

Jeff at Terminus Wake Park

Catch Jeff at Terminus Wake Park.

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