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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Never Asked

 

What bearings are the best? How do you properly weight a boat for wake surfing? How do you do a kick flip? What’s the closest snowboard mountain to me? What shoes have the most board feel? What wakeboards are best for cable? What’s your favorite video part? Camber or rocker? Cardiel or Koston? Polarized shades or non-polarized? Go Skateboarding Day or Christmas?

Shops serve as a conduit of information that isn’t readily available out in cyberspace. Ambush is open forum where you can come in, hang out, shoot the breeze, and get the skinny on things. Unless you live close to a shop, most people are relegated to typing their questions into Google and hoping whatever comes out isn’t total BS. That is until now.

Welcome to Sup Bro, a blog dedicated to answering your questions in a way that brings the shop experience closer to you out there online. We want to help grow the culture of skateboarding, wakeboarding, and snowboarding by letting you in on some of the secrets we have uncovered over our history in the industry.

So, submit your questions by clicking on the “leave a comment” link in the blog title. Every week we will pick one or two and answer them directly on this blog.

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12 Responses to Sup Bro

  1. Andrew says:

    What’s up, guys? My question is pertaining to the current state of the skate shoe market. As a kid who grew up in what I consider to be the apex of shoe design (late 90’s/early 2000’s), why has design failed to progress in the last 7-8 years? I remember coming to the shop and checking out shoes for half an hour before deciding on which shoe I would be taking home. Over the past several years, I’ve found myself almost dreading having to pick out a new pair. Aside from Nike SB’s Brian Anderson, the Prod 8, and Brandon Westgate’s pro model, you could take the brand logo off of virtually every shoe currently out, and it would be very hard to differentiate which shoe belongs to which company.

    • abc_admin_blog says:

      Hey Andrew,

      Good question. The answer lies in two words: skinny jeans. About 8 years ago, jeans and pants started getting slimmer and slimmer. At the peak of the insanity, men were even wearing women’s jeans. Shoes got slimmer and more low profile to keep up with this clothing trend (as no one wants a super slim pant with a huge pair of Osiris D-3s popping out of the bottom).

      Since then, the skinny jeans craze has loosened up a bit (put definitely intended). But, the skateboarding benefits of a slimmer shoe has kept the low profile style relevant. With a slimmer and more “Vans” looking shoe, you get a lot more touch and board feel. Yeah, it makes the shoes all look really similar. But, that’s because there is not much you can do with so little material. And, since the classic style has been embraced by so much of the skate industry, the shoe brands have to serve the customer what they want. So, unless we all start to pull out our oversized J’nco pants, slim shoes are here to stay.

      -Lee

  2. Chris says:

    I’ve always felt that skateboarding was, is, and never will be (hopefully) about competition. I’ve always thought of skateboarding as art, pushing progression of the sport, and most importantly having fun. With the influx of huge corporations that I feel only got into the sport for money (Nike SB in particular) and Street League, where do you think skateboarding is headed? I was watching Street League for the first time the other day and I saw these guys landing insane tricks. Instead of the other competitors running out to congratulate them, as I’m accustom to seeing, everyone just stares up at this giant scoreboard.

    • abc_admin_blog says:

      Chris,

      The beautiful thing about skateboarding is that it takes on so many forms. Skateboarding has so many different meanings to different people. For some, its a way to express yourself, push the boundaries of what is possible on a skateboard, and build camaraderie and brotherhood with your fellow skater. For others, skateboarding means competition and seeing how you stand up next to other skaters. Either way, you are promoting skateboarding and that’s a good thing.

      Contests like Street League and Dew Tour can sometimes come off like the skaters involved don’t care, but I think that’s a TV thing more than reality. I mean, look at Chris Cole’s Instagram post from yesterday. It showed all of the Street League contract riders hanging out and skating together. From that 15 second video, it looks like they were definitely having a great time and enjoying one of the many things skateboarding means to them.

      As for the corporations, I’m not willing to call them out as the death of skateboarding just yet. Skateboarding needs pros and pros need money. What if Nike SB skaters like Grant Taylor (who is also one of the rawest skateboarders out there and, coincidentally, just earned a silver medal on the Dew Tour) had to get a day job? His skateboarding would suffer, his contributions to skateboarding would diminish, and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy all he has given skateboarding. I’m glad he is getting paid. Plus, think of the opporunities skaters get to earn larger purses at events like Tampa Am and Tampa Pro. Yeah. Nike is a giant corporation that probably doesn’t care about skateboarding. But, by the amount of money they are infusing into the sport, it looks like they want skateboarding to progress and all of us to move forward with it.

      All in all, I really don’t know where competitive skateboarding is going from here. But, I hope all of those involved (from the skaters to the sponsors to the fans) benefit from better skateboarding, more prize money, and a more fulfilling skateboarding culture.

      -Sup Bro

  3. Chris says:

    I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a job in a field that you’re passionate about. With that being said, what’s it like to work for Ambush?

    • abc_admin_blog says:

      Chris,

      Working in the skate/wake/snow industry is unbelievably fun and rewarding. We get to surround ourselves with people we enjoy and products we are all hyped on. It’s a ton of work to make Ambush what it is. But it’s fun work and you get to see where you can make an impact in a kid’s life. One of the most inspiring parts of our job is when we get to hype up that kid, watch him grow up, and, sometimes, become the next rad skater/waker. Plus, Ambush is like one big family. We are all super loyal to one another and, for the most part, always have each other’s backs. Yeah, just like real siblings, sometimes we don’t get along. But, we are always ready to make up and go skate together in the end.

      -Sup Bro

  4. Adam says:

    Hey guys. What’s the chances of seeing some Ambush zip up hoodies for the fall/winter? Also what happened to the snapbacks? My head isn’t shaped for those 5panel ones. Keep that Ambush clothing line pumping out stuff, I love it

    • abc_admin_blog says:

      Sup Adam?

      The chances are 50-50. We will do some sort of crew neck/pullover hoodie/zip hoodie, but we are not totally sure what style we will be doing yet. The only thing we are doing for sure is a coach’s jacket/windbreaker.

      For hats, 5-panels are just what is hot right now. We will have a new line of 5-panels and beanies coming out mid-September. Sounds like we need to add a snap back to the mix. Stay tuned.

      -Sup Bro

  5. Aubry says:

    Would it be at all possible to order something and come pick it up at the warehouse? Im wanting a ballast bag for this weekends wake surfing extravaganza and i know it wont ship in time? Can ambush help me out!?

    • Lee Elliott says:

      Hey Aubry,

      I’m emailing you now to get you taken care of. Should be easy to get that ballast bag for you in time for the weekend.

      Thanks,

      Lee

  6. Chris says:

    I’ve recently started making the transition from street to pool skating and I have a couple of questions. First, I’m used to riding a 7.75 with 51mm wheels,but I’m being told that I should switch up to bigger sizes. Also, I’ve been advised to loosen my trucks up, and to buy a bigger truck all together (I currently rock 129mm Indys). I’m curious about risers too, some people were telling me that I need them to avoid wheel bite when carving on the walls. Lastly, I wanted an expert opinion on protective gear (pads and helment) as I’ve never worn either of them.

    • abc_admin_blog says:

      Chris,

      Congrats on your transition (pun intended) to the pool. It’s a super fun way of skating more and getting hurt less. You’ll have a great time, provided that you do change your set up. In short, the advice you have been getting is 100% correct.

      You should absolutely go bigger on your deck, trucks, and wheels. As far as your deck goes, move up to at least an 8.25 (and you will probably want to go even bigger than that). You may even want to consider a shaped deck like a Shipwreck, Welcome, Emergency/Black Label, or some of the old school reissue decks. Your trucks then just need to match or be a little bit wider than the width of whatever deck you choose. So, if you get an 8.25 inch deck, get an 8.25 or 8.5 inch truck. Each brand measures their trucks differently, so you have to be careful. An 8.25 Independent truck would be a 139 while a 8.25 Thunder truck would be a 147. To make things even more confusing, and 8.5 Independent truck and an 8.5 Thunder truck is a 149. Just make sure you measure them against your board to ensure that your truck is wide enough without having a bunch of overhang.

      Wheels are a little easier. Go a good bit bigger and softer than what you currently skate. If you skate a 51 mm/99 a wheel, try a 56 or 58 mm that has a hardness of 92 or 95 a. The bigger, softer wheels will help you grip the pool wall and stay smooth while you carve. Definitely use a riser based on the size of your wheel. If you go for a 56 mm to 58 mm wheel, try a 1/4 inch riser. If you go bigger than that with your wheels, go bigger on the riser. And, you will need the correct length hardware to fit your board/truck/riser thickness.

      Basically, everything needs to be somewhat proportionate. The bigger you go on your deck, the bigger your trucks, wheels, risers, and hardware need to be. For most pool skaters, they ride a 8.6″ to 9.0″ deck, 9.0″ trucks, about a 58 mm wheel, and 1/4″ to 3/8″ riser, and 1 1/4″ hardware. That’s the average. Your preference might be different, so stand on a few decks before you make your buying decisions.

      For pads, you just have to try them on. It’s all about comfort, fit, and making sure they stay put when you slide down a pool wall. You are looking for a snug but not tight fit.

      -Sup Bro

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