To me, it’s always seemed like getting footage is cyclical. Sometimes, it comes easy and the crew logs several minutes a week and then the next week, nothing. While the process can certainly feel tedious at times, it’s absolutely worth it. When there is enough footage to stitch something together, it doesn’t get much better than that! So it always gets me hyped to see anyone from our team putting out footage. No matter the format or platform.
Gary gets a back tail while Cole documents
With that being said, I wanted to compile the most recent clips our riders have been featured in and put them into one place. So sit back, watch, and get stoked to go skate with the homies and put out your own clips.
First off, we got Travis Glover skating through Spain with Chaz Ortiz in this clip for JBL Audio. Yo Travis! Let me get some headphones!
Next stop the whole crew put it down in our “Open” episode featured over at the RIDE Channel! Also sick to hear them use a Rad-isaurus Rex song. That ender! Mitch you are a madman!
Zeke, Nip, Skyler, and Travis crush it in Max Yoder’s video he put together for Thrasher Magazine. Good work boys!
Last but not least is the latest installment in Kyle Ford’s Dad Cam series which has a mix big mix of everyone.
Hopefully this gets everyone hyped to hit the streets and make their own flicks. Always hyped to see what everyone else has cookin.
Video premiere season is upon us! Summertime doesn’t just mean great weather and short-shorts, and just to be clear, I’m not talking about chubbers (don’t worry Garrett you get a free pass). I’m talking about foxy chicks with nice legs. No summertime means that people put out full length videos that they’ve been busting their asses for. Over this past weekend we got to see two videos in two nights.
Friday night was a local video called “Format”, which was filmed by Carver Weeks and Austin Sneed. It featured parts from Will Gatewood, Ryan Gatewood, Dylan Stuckman, Solomon Mosley, Anthony Morales and Ben Hayes. Its always fun going to a local video premiere because you get to see people you don’t get to usually hang out with on a regular basis. Everyone is typically in a great mood and ready to party! Oh and did I mention that the premiere was at a bar in East Atlanta called the Graveyard? Cheap drinks and pool will always spice up the night of a vid, that is if you can get a turn on the pool table. Anyways, Format was great, hugs were given, beer was spilled and bad decisions were most likely made. Looking forward to the next local video to come out!
On Saturday, the long awaited Adidas video “Away Days” premiered at the Plaza Theatre. Now this video has too many people to name here, but as long as you haven’t been under a rock for the past couple of months, you know the deal. Adidas rep, Bobby Boyd, was kind enough to have a VIP showing at 8:00 pm. Before the video started, there was a special thanks from Nakel Smith and Jake Donnelly to all the local Atlanta area skate shops such as Ambush, Ruin, Hazard County and Stratosphere. The video was insane and had the introduction of their newest pro riders, Daewon Song and Marc Johnson. There was some questionable music by my standards, but the skating was completely mind-blowing. It was great seeing our boy Bobby Henson tear it up as well! Wait…Ive just been told that it was actually Alec Majerus skating, not Bobby. Well, you could’ve fooled me.
After the video, everyone was all smiles and ready to party! Most of us made our way over to El Myr, Little 5 Points’ local watering hole. Bobby Boyd hooked it up again with a major bar tab with quite a few drink tickets floating around. We all busted a fair amount of Grizzs and PBRs (If you’re ever in the L5P area, I strongly suggest you go by El Myr and catch a Grizz). As the night was winding down, we felt lucky there was only one fight (and it was among a few girls). They must have been arguing about whether or not MJ should’ve left Lakai for Adidas. Finally, we all crawled our way back to where we were staying, responsibly of course.
Thanks to Bobby Boyd, Adidas, The Plaza Theatre and El Myr. We all had one hell of a time. This Thursday we get to live it up again at the Plaza for the new Volcom video “Holy Stokes”. And, if my calculations are correct, we are gonna have another insane night on our hands.
Being a meteorologist has to be the cushiest job out there. All you have to do is make some haphazard prediction once a day about what the weather will be like in the coming hours. You don’t even have to be right. In fact, you can be dead wrong the vast majority of the time and no one would ever call you on your crap. I’d love to be able to BS my way through life, but that wouldn’t make for a very good experience for you guys. And, if skaters were able to BS their ways through their craft, there would be no where near the level of skateboarding we saw at this year’s March Radness.
Weather predictions aside, every March we are honored to bring you the raddest (pun intended) grassroots skateboard contest around. March Radness was an epic battle between the area’s top skaters. Standouts from the street division include Reggie Kelly, Tommy Stephan, Greyson Beal, Yosef Bubes, Robin Magby, Niko Howard, Wes Lembo, Gage Gum, Carson Lybbert, Grant Stavas, and Bobby Henson. The semi-finals were a who’s who of Atlanta skateboarding. In the finals, Jake Wooten’s edged out Greyson Beal and Tommy Stephan for the win.
The pool division served up the most dramatic events of the day. Severe cramps set in on the right leg of Austin Gordon from his first practice run. Gage Gum and Jake Wooten, worn out from the street division, put their hearts and passions on the line to make it into the finals. The final ended with Austin Gordon eschewing his cramps to pull that kickflip-indy that tortured him throughout the heat. Austin dropped the mic (and the hammer), but Gage and Jake controlled the finals. Jake edged out Gage for his second win of the day.
Top L to R: Pool Division Winners 3rd Place: Austin Gordon, 2nd Place Gage Gum, 1st Place: Jake Wooten. Bottom L to R: Street Division Winners 3rd Place: Tommy Stephan, 1st Place Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Greyson Beal
March Radness 2016 belonged to Jake Wooten. He dominated in every way and won both the street and pool contests. Congratulations Jake on your unbelievable performance. No one could have predicted you taking both contests. Not even some douchy weatherman.
Special thanks to all that competed in March Radness, to all of our sponsors for helping make this event great, and to those that adapted to our date change and came out to cheer on your fellow skaters. Here are the final results:
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Greyson Beal
3rd Place: Tommy Stephan
4th Place: Carson Lybbert
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Gage Gum
3rd Place: Austin Gordon
4th Place: Judah Bubes
Filmed by: Cole Vanthof and Ryan Harris
Edited by: Cole Vanthof
The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections. Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music. So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.
Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)
Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them. From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate. For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape. I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life. I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video. Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers. Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels.
So what about PJ Ladd’s WHL’s credits/outro make it so memorable? Well, mainly it features a lot of shenanigans and still serves as the biggest glimpse into the PJ’s enigmatic life to date. Top it all off with a splash of Britpop and a clip of someone focusing a complete skateboard at a mall shop and you have a real winner. Thanks, PJ. That little blue cassette will forever have a special home in our hearts and VCRs.
Plan B’s Virtual Reality (1993)
Admittedly, I am too young to have seen this video when it came out. However, I was lucky enough to score all four of the original Plan B videos (Questionable, Virtual Reality, Second Hand Smoke and The Revolution) on VHS in the early ’00s. Needless to say, I have spent countless hours carefully dissecting each and every original Plan B video to the point it may be considered unhealthy. A lot of Virtual Reality is burned into my memory; the Blind section, Mike Caroll’s line at the Gold Rail in DC, but I think the credits may take the cake as my favorite ever. The field recording of the homeless man playing “Here comes the sun” is so sick, I can’t write anything about it that would do it justice. Just watch it here:
Antisocial’s Self-Titled Video (2004)
During my more formative years, it seemed as though our neighbors to the North could do no wrong. Canada was setting the benchmark high for skateboard culture. This can be attributed to an output of amazing independent videos and vibrant skate scenes. Side note: they even stealthily snuck in a SOTY award in there, too. When examining early ’00s Canadian skateboarding, please don’t let Mark Appleyard’s accolades overshadow what I believe is an incredibly important shop video. Antisocial’s self-titled video, featured stellar parts from Keegan Sauder, Quinn Starr, and last but not least, a Rick McCrank part that features a couple really underrated switch flips. This video’s music direction really is second to none and I applaud Antisocial for my introduction to the Pogues and Magnolia Electric Co. Here is the credit section to their first video:
P.S. We are really excited to see their new flick come spring ’16.
Matt Creasy and Ryan Dearth’s Rusty Trombone (’02-ish)
More than likely, if you aren’t from the Southeast you probably haven’t seen this video. If you have, well, good on you because it’s a classic. Featuring parts from the likes of Jeremiah Babb, Chris Head, Mike Devine, John Sheffield, Mike Summers, Graham Bickerstaff, and Phil Kent, this video was one of my first glimpses into the driving forces in Atlanta street skating. I’ll never forget buying a copy of Rusty Trombone. I was at a skatepark in Cumming, GA, called “Wicked Grind” when they got a box of copies and an employee immediately put one into the shop’s VCR. Needless to say, I was stoked and bought it then proceeded to watch it countless times. It’ll always be a very important video to me because it made me realize that there are local skateboarders out there making videos and contributing to skateboarding. I always got stoked on the credits because they probably introduced me to Bright Eyes with their track “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)” wrapping up the video.
This video inspired me to skate and film skateboarding with my friends.
Habitat’s Mosaic (2003)
I probably sound like a broken records but I’ll say it one last time…this video is a CLASSIC. I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this video. What isn’t to love? You get aesthetically pleasing art direction plus great music, and let’s not forget about the video’s lineup; Tim O’Connor and Wenning, Fred Gall, Rob Pluhowski, Ed Selego, Kerry Getz, Heath Kirchart, Jason Dill, Pappalardo, Stefan Janoski, Danny Garcia, and our introduction to Danny Renaud (The Dirt) whose part is arguably one of the best from the ’00s.
The credits for Mosaic always stood out with it’s mix of 8 mm footage, VX footage, and still photography. Also, it ends with The Dirt tying a little kid’s shoes, how’s that for heartwarming! Kudos, Habitat. That white VHS cassette is as good as gold to me.
Upon writing this, I’m realizing that almost all of these videos excluding Plan B’s Virtual Reality are from generally the same era. I definitely attribute this to the time of my life when I was the most impressionable and at the time everything seemed incredibly fresh. So a lot of nostalgia is generated when I look back on these segments. Hopefully, skateboarding’s collective attention span isn’t too narrow these days to appreciate the credits!
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.
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!
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.
Red Bull Skydivers
Skyler 5-oh Fakie
Ambush Team Rider CatNip Blasting Off
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
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!
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
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).
Today marks a bittersweet landmark in the Ambush timeline. Jay Jay Patterson, one of themost 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’
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!
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.
Jay Jay’s old office. This was featured on a CheapSk8Shoes outbound emailer promoting DC Shoes.
Jay Jay getting vertical on the old miniramp for a BuySkateShoes.com ad.
Jay Jay with good friend and rising hiphop artist, Jarren Benton.
Fun Fact: Jay Jay can lace and tie a Dunk High in 1.8 seconds.
A young Jay Jay boosting a nice melan above the coping in…DRESS SHOES!?
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