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Watching skate videos is a part of every skateboarder’s life.  Everyone has a taste of their own and not everyone can agree on which video is the best.  One thing is for certain though, local videos definitely hold a little more value than your average pro video.  Although the quality of the skating within the video may not always be as good, there is always something special about watching video parts of those older guys you see around town all the time at all the spots you love to skate.  Skate videos have been around for a long time.  In an effort to bring you a broader timeline of epic Atlanta video parts much larger than my own spectrum, I had to reach out to some of the more seasoned veterans in the game.  These first two are not technically local videos, but they were among the first few times Atlanta skateboarders had big time video parts.

1. Andy Howell in New Deal’s 1281 (1991) – This part came out when I was still wearing diapers and sucking on my thumb, but to others a little older than me it changed everything…

“The main one for me was Andy Howell in 1281.  I had read his Transworld pro spotlight about a hundred times and my pen pal buddy from up here told me to check out the New Deal 1281 vid when I could and said there was tons of Atlanta footage in Andy’s part. I still watch that part today. It was the first time, being from Jones County, at 13 years old that I “had” to go skate in Atlanta somehow… Skating was starting to transition at that time. It was very rough filmed and by looking at it today, kinda sloppy skating. But the song, his clothes, the switch and nollie shit he was doing was beyond what anyone else did. It wasn’t the clear day school yard that Vallely and Templeton skated. It looked and seemed a lot cooler than the other footage in that video. Plus, it was “real”. Like, I knew where Atlanta was. F*****g 2 hours up the freeway. California looked awesome, but it may as well said Russia. It wasn’t feasible. It seemed like story land stuff.” – Jeremiah Babb of Bender Hardware

 

2. Daniel Powell in Underworld Element’s SkyPager (1993) – This Daniel Powell part was also a bit before my time, but was suggested to me by a couple different sources for really putting Atlanta on the map.  With innovative tricks, great style, and a serious eye-opener at the SunTrust building right off Peachtree Street how could anyone deny the awesomeness of this part?  Turn the volume up and feel the 90’s.

 

3. Chris Head in Raped Inc.’s Conspiracy (1998) – In the 5 year gap between the previous part and this awesome Chris Head part, the quality of videos changed quite a bit.  People really began to figure out how they wanted skateboarding to look and how it should be filmed.  I asked Matt Creasy, a local skateboarder/filmmaker, what his favorite Atlanta parts are and he answered with this… “Chris Head or Jeremiah Babb in the last Raped video.  That was the first time I saw people from Atlanta on par with the rest of skateboarding.”

 

4. Jeremiah Babb and Graham Bickerstaff in Ryan Dearth’s Dirty South (1999-2000) – These are my two personal favorite Atlanta skateboarders.  I was introduced to skating a year or two after this video had come out.  I remember seeing this video for the first time and having the hardest time grasping the concept that not only were these dudes killing it so hard, but they were skating spots that I had access to.  It brought to mind the idea that, “If they can do it, so can we.”  It was my first window into what Atlanta skating was all about.  Good skating, good times with no room for bullshit.  Graham 360 flipped over the rail at BellSouth, who does that!?

 

5. Mike Devine in Ruin Skateshop’s Nouveau (2004) – I grew up watching skate videos like Zero’s Dying To Live, Flip Sorry and many other typical hammer-style videos of the early 2000’s, so when Ruin Skateshop’s video Nouveau came out I was blown away.  The first reason being that it was another amazing local video featuring guys I had become friends with over the years and the second reason being that it was the first time I realized that there were other styles of skating that appealed to me rather than just your average stair and handrail skating.  Mike Devine has a really clean and unique style that is very pleasing to the eye.  This part along with the whole video is worth a gander.

 

6. Justin Brock and David Clark in Matt Swinsky’s Southern Comfort (2007) –  These parts, to me, are truly amazing, not only for the skating, but this was the first time I got to see first hand in person what it really takes to film a gnarly video part.  My friends and I were lucky enough to be around for quite a bit of this video, on the session or at the party afterwards.  We were the younger kids trying to be cool like those older dudes, and this one set the bar pretty high for us.  Justin is a skateboarder’s skateboarder, and David skates Atlanta like we all wish we could.  They both definitely left their mark on a lot of Atlanta spots with this one.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Atlanta Metrospective Logic Issue 01 (1999)

Stormy Pruett in Dog Shit

Phil Kent and Graham Bickerstaff in Rusty Trombone

Chris Head and Mike Devine in Rusty Trombone

Mike Summers and John Sheffield in Rusty Trombone

James Coleman in Ruin’s Nouveau

Kevin Radley in VHS Tape

David Clark for Bender Hardware

I am almost positive I missed a couple gems, so feel free to let me know in the comments below…

 

Go Skateboarding Day 2014

 

As everyone knows, June 21st is National Go Skateboarding Day. We at Ambush wanted to make sure that this day gets the proper recognition it deserves. And, we wanted to give all skateboarders a day of enjoyment. So, the Ambush crew headed up to Kennesaw Skatepark. Video game booths, misting stations, pizza, and the RedBull MTX truck were just some of the things providing the entertainment that day. Prizes were given out for best tricks and random skateboard trivia questions that were answered. Well, I don’t wanna bore everyone with words, so here is a little montage that recapped the whole day! If you missed it this year well we look forward to seeing you next year!

 

 

 

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

 

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March Radness is Coming!

What’s up everyone? Ambush is proud to announce that it will be hosting the first contest at the new Kennesaw Skatepark called March Radness. No mushy flat ground game of skate. This is REAL street/pool style skateboarding for your eyes to see. This is your chance to show Ambush what you got and show the City of Kennesaw why it was such a good idea building this park. Don’t wanna compete? It’s free to watch and come hang out with the Ambush crew. There will be tons of talented locals putting on a awesome show!  Big thanks to all the sponsors that help contribute to making this contest happen!

Check out the trailer to see just a glimpse of the action that will be going down!

 

Contest Details

Registration is now open. Sign up in person at Ambush Board Co.

March Radness Skate Contest
March 15, 2014 at Kennesaw Skatepark
Check in at 10:00 am/Contest starts at 11:00 am
Two Divisions:
Street Contest and Pool Jam
$15 Entry Fee per Division (includes free contest tee shirt)
$250 Cash for 1st Place/Tons of Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place

Street Contest Info:
-64 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Jam session format for prelims and semifinals. Four skaters per jam. Jams are 4 minutes in length. Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Individual skate for finals. Each finalist will get two 1-minute runs (alternating between skaters).

Pool Jam Info:
-32 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Prelims and semifinals feature four skaters per jam. Each skater gets two 45-second runs (alternating between skaters). Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Finals pits top two skaters going head to head for 10 minutes (alternating between skaters).

 

 

 

 

Cataloochee Field Trip 2014

It’s rare to be at Cataloochee Ski Resort on a sunny bluebird day without the snow cannons blaring. Needless to say we mounted up the GoPro took full advantage.

Riders include Lane Jordan, Lee Elliott, Eric Jefferson, Cole Vanhoff, and Wes Lembo.

Fresh wax leads to better tracks!

Jay Jay Patterson Bids Farewell to Atlanta, Joins Ambush Alumni

Jay Jay's last big hurrah at Nick's Back Porch.Today marks a bittersweet landmark in the Ambush timeline.  Jay Jay Patterson, one of the most influential personalities we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, has officially flown South to Miami on a one way ticket.

“I came to the company in 2003, a scrawny kid with an awkward voice that loved skating,” Jay Jay explains.  “I was forced to challenge myself and will continue to do so.”

For those who don’t know, Jay Jay is the type of person who doesn’t set personal barriers for himself.  He goes out and gets what he wants and if he can’t, he figures out how.  That’s exactly what he’s doing now.  Thanks for everything JJ, we wish you all the success in the world.

Jay Jay’s open-letter farewell:

As many of you may or may not know, today is my last day. While snowed in the last 24 hours I’ve had a lot of time to reflect. Something that’s pretty easy to do when you’re trapped on Barrett lakes. I’ve learned so much from all of the past and present employees I’ve had the privilege to work with. I can honestly say for nearly a decade I’ve worked for the raddest company. I can’t think of any other place that would allow their employees to follow their passions and provide them with the tools necessary to excel.

I came to the company in 2003. A scrawny kid with an awkward voice that loved skating. The only thing that has changed is I don’t take cabs to work anymore. From the first day of work to this very moment I’ve been treated like family. I’ve been forced to challenge myself. I’ve been asked to dream. Then, asked to dream bigger. That’s what being apart of Ambush is about. It’s working hard to achieve goals then making bigger more challenging ones. I’ve had the pleasure to be apart of Ambush’s growth from a small shop to an icon. From a simple online catalog to an umbrella of web stores.

All of the skills I have learned from my time with Ambush have helped me grow personally and professionally. These are life skills I’m going to take with me forever along my journey. I urge any new employee to be a sponge. Try to absorb as much from this group as you can. You’ll learn so much from everyone, and I mean everyone. There are gems all over the place. You’ve just got to pick them up.

It’s a bummer I won’t be apart of Ambush’s next steps, but I’m eager to see where you guys go next. I’ll be keeping a watchful eye, and I expect big things! Please continue to keep dreaming big and sharing your passions. ‘Never be afraid to get weird’

Forever grateful,
James ( Jay Jay ) Patterson

Jay Jay, I’m sure whatever life goal you’ve set for yourself will be easily achieved with your infectious tone and positive outlook on life.  We hope to see you sooner than later, friend!

We’ve assembled some of Jay Jay’s most memorable moments here on the blog. Scroll down to witness ten years of @JPIVEY madness!

Yep, that happened at the old Lenny's.

Who can forget this moment at Lenny’s tho? R.I.P.

Classic Rock n' Roll, published in various industry mags as a full-page BuySkateShoes.com ad.

Classic Rock n’ Roll, published in various industry mags as a full-page BuySkateShoes.com ad.

Jay Jay Patterson, multi-tasking customer service wizard.

Jay Jay’s old office. This was featured on a CheapSk8Shoes outbound emailer promoting DC Shoes.

Jay Jay getting vertical on the old miniramp.

Jay Jay getting vertical on the old miniramp for a BuySkateShoes.com ad.

Jay Jay and Jarren Benton

Jay Jay with good friend and rising hiphop artist, Jarren Benton.

Jay Jay can tie a shoe in 1.8 seconds

Fun Fact: Jay Jay can lace and tie a Dunk High in 1.8 seconds.

Jay Jay Patterson Stalefish

A young Jay Jay boosting a nice melan above the coping in…DRESS SHOES!?

Jay Jay Patterson's Last Stand at Ambush Board Co. Mini Riot

Typical Jay Jay.

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Ambush Mini Riot Presented by Red Bull – Full Recap

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 12.52.40 PMPeak retail season is over. The hard work is done and Mazza Mondays are back in full force. There is no better way to start off 2014 than with an awesome mini ramp contest! Early morning yawns and 30 degree weather aren’t enough to stop skateboarders from coming out to compete for $500 bucks! Huge thanks to Red Bull for putting the contest together and Jonah Owings from Hazard County Skatepark  for constructing a flawless mini ramp!

This is how the contest worked: two divisions (Cruisers and Shredders), 32 skaters in each division, 4 man heats with each rider getting two 45 second runs, and the best one advances. Second place winners earned $250 cash and first place winners earned $500 cash! People from all over came out to compete for that big purse money. Huge thanks to all the people and companies that came out to support the contest. This was probably one of my favorite contests that was have hosted so far. Well that’s enough rambling from me. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking!

Big congrats to the Cruisers Division winners Matt Hudson (1st) and Chris Colmenero (2nd) and the Shredders Division winners Gage Gum (1st) and Trey Abad a.k.a. CatNip (2nd).

Jona from Hazard County Skatepark did an awesome job on the ramp!

Jonah from Hazard County Skatepark did an awesome job on the ramp!

Aerial view of the action! Big thanks to RedBull for making this event happen!

Aerial view of the action! Big thanks to RedBull for making this event happen!

Left to right Jeremiah Babb, Anthony Hall, and Jordan Smith

The judges from left to right:
Jeremiah Babb, Anthony Hall, and Jordan Smith.

Our RedBull rep is tight!

The RedBull MXT Driver is tight!

These boys are always supporting Ambush! They are RAD!

These boys are always supporting Ambush! They are RAD! Ignore the mall grabbing. HaHa.

Ambush Team Rider Josh Butler FS tailslide rocking the Party With Ambush Tee

Ambush Team Rider Josh Butler FS tail slide rockin’ the Party With Ambush Tee.

Chris Coffman contemplating life

Chris Coffman contemplating life.

First place Shredders division Gage Johns with a big ol air fakie

Shredders division first place winner Gage Gum with a big ol air fakie

Chris Coffman FS TailGrab

Chris Coffman FS tailGrab

The Legend Stormy Pruett the MC for the day.

The Legend Stormy Pruett the MC for the day.

Max Yoder behind the lens shooting the video! Be looking out for the video recap in the very near future!

Max Yoder behind the lens shooting the video! Be looking out for the video recap in the very near future!

Zion 5oh slashing across reppin a Ambush Fiend Club deck

Zion 5oh slashing across reppin a Ambush Fiend Club deck

Shredders division winner Gage Johns did it all with a broken board!

Shredders division winner Gage Gum did it all with a broken board!

Shredders Division 2nd place CatNip with a huge FS melon

Shredders Division 2nd place CatNip with a huge FS melon

 

Big thanks to Big John holdin' it down in the shop!

Big thanks to Big John holdin it down in the shop!

 

Stormy and Wes trying to survive in the cold.

Stormy and Wes trying to survive in the cold.

 

little man big air on the extension

Little man; big air on the extension.

Reggie kelly

Reggie Kelly

Gage stoked he can finally pay his rent after being 2 months late. Catnip well he still has nothing to pay for. Thats all for the pics now

Gage stoked he can finally pay his rent after being 2 months late. Catnip. Well he still has nothing to pay for. ..

 

Big thanks to the Red Bull ATL crew

Air'n out

Air’n out

Flex'n in the new Ambush Premium Jaeger Jacket.

Tail Stall

Tail stall.

Ain't no party like an Ambush Board Co. Party

Ain’t no party like an Ambush Board Co. Party

Monochromatic Nip

Monochromatic Nip

Squirm with the blunt stall

Squirm with the blunt stall.

Backside 50/50

Backside 50/50

More from Catnip. Rock N Roll

Tray Abad at the AMbush Mini Riot in Kennesaw GA Red Bull

STOKED.

More about the Ambush Mini Riot Presented by Red Bull

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Ambush Mini Riot Contest

Ambush Board Co. Mini RTiot Red Bull Atlanta Skateboarding

Ambush Mini Riot Presented by Red Bull

Free Mini Ramp Contest

Saturday, January 25th at Ambush Board Co.

$500 Cash Prize for 1st Place/$250 Cash Prize for 2nd Place courtesy of Red Bull

Two Divisions: Cruisers (for those figuring it out) and Shredders (those that have figured it out).

Registration Opens at 10:00 am. First Come; First Served. No Exceptions. Must be 15+ Years Old to Enter.
Sign up with a Red Bull representative on site at Ambush Board Co.

32 Skaters Max Per Division. Free T-Shirt for all Competitors.

Prelims and Semi-Finals have four skaters skating in two 30-second runs each. The best run moves on to the next round.
Judging based on style, trick difficulty, and air (if applicable).

Finals pits two skaters skating head to head for 10 minutes total.

Sheckler Sessions in Atlanta

A couple weeks back while in town for the grand opening of the Kennesaw Skatepark, Ryan Sheckler and Zered Bassett linked up with locals Justin Brock and David Clark among others to skate some spots here in town. Check it all out here in the latest Sheckler Sessions Ep. 8 courtesy of Red Bull.

More video of Ryan Sheckler in town with Torey Pudwill

Memory Lane with Jordan Smith

Yes, those are skin tight white pants, and that is what Old 4th Ward park looked like before it was turned into a sanctioned skate zone.  Take a look back with Ambush rider Jordan Smith and his part from the 2008 video, SEC 2: SEC Strikes Back.  Learn more about the spots he misses, denial of his ginger heritage, and other poor fashion choices in the first installment of Memory Lane.

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