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Video Check Out: Reggie Kelly

Reggie Kelly for President

Transworld Skateboarding just dropping a piece on our team rider and one hell of a guy Reggie Kelly!  Checkout the video and stay for the Q & A.  We are stoked for Reggie and can’t wait to see what 2016 has up its sleeve!

Age: 22
Home: Columbus, Georgia
Sponsors: enjoi, Fallen, JSLV, Bender hardware, Paradise wheels, Rg grip, Ambush Board Co., Hazard County Skatepark

New Years Resolution: Drink more booby milk. It builds character and strong bones.
Newest music in Your iPhone: I only listen to Hotline Bling because my hotline stay blinging.
Next Skate Trip: I hear rumors of two towards the beginning of the year.
Video Part You throw on before a session: Anime like Naruto or One Punch Man.
2016 will be the year of the: Ripstick.
Reccomend an IG follow: @wet.floor.signs.
Last trick filmed: A hardflip.
Best style: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Travis Glover. #ATLHOE

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R.I.P. Black Diamond Skatepark

In 2001, Discover Mills Mall was lucky to be blessed with an amazing skatepark designed by the one and only Camp Woodward. At the time is was named Woodward Skatepark. It had everything every skater dreamed of. It had handrails, kinked handrails, a foam pit, spines, vert ramp, mini mega ramp, euro gaps, and ledges of all sizes. Although it was such an amazing place, they struggled to stay open. The skatepark closed three times for months on end, collecting dust until someone stepped in to open it back up. It went from Woodward Skatepark to X Games Skatepark to United Skatepark, and it’s last label, Black Diamond Skatepark. About 2 months ago we heard rumor it was closing down for good. I didn’t believe it until I saw pictures of them actually taking the ramps apart. It was home to many amazing skaters like Travis Glover, Jordan Lucas, Warren Devarennes, and Anthony Dodaro. Those guys would probably not be where they are today if it wasn’t for that park opening. It’s always a bummer seeing a skatepark close. I was lucky enough to get out with some of the Ambush guys for one last shred! Here’s what we got. R.I.P. 2001-2014.

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Josh Butler for Bender Hardware

For most of you, this man needs no introduction. Josh Butler recently linked up with local hardware brand Bender to bring us some crispy new footage. Watch Josh’s new part from Bender below, filmed by Matt Mazza.

Bender Hardware

Frontside Bluntslide by Josh Butler.

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More from Josh Butler and the Ambush Skate Team

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!

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Atlanta Skateboarding History Lesson

Atlanta has always been known for its working class skate scene.  We work hard and we play even harder.  After a quick little sit down with our very own Stormy Pruett, I’ve come up with a little piece of Atlanta skateboarding history to share with you.

Andy Howell ripping, while most of you were still in diapers.

Andy Howell ripping, while most of you were still in diapers.

O.G.s

Some recognizable names that pioneered Atlanta skateboarding might include; Jimmy O’Brien, Load, Fred Reeves, Mark Jones, Andy Howell and Thomas Taylor.  A lot of this information comes from before my time, so forgive me if I missed a name or two.  Most of these dudes still rip to this day.  If you hang out at the Old 4th Ward Skatepark enough, you will definitely see some of these dudes drop in and kill it!  If you do see them around, make sure to thank them for paving the way for the rest of us little turds.

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Trey “Catnip” Abad Interview

Catnip is a hard character to describe.  He’s like a ninja, a cat, a Jedi, and Donny from the Wild Thornberrys all rolled in to one.  In most cases, he is a man of few words.  Throw him on a skateboard and he’s hell on wheels, charging everything at full speed, taking slams, grinding far and flying high, all with a smile across those crooked ass teeth.  “Who the hells is that little dude!?!?” is a common response from someone seeing him in action for the first time.  A true skate rat, down to skate anything anywhere at anytime, never complaining, with a trick selection as odd and bad ass as himself.


Me: First things first, where the hell did you get that shirt?

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Mazza Mondays: SEC3 or DIE

What’s up? Sunday funday the boys and I headed over to 4th Ward Skatepark in Atlanta, GA for the annual Jay Buck Jam. Jay was a good friend to all the legends in Atlanta who unfortunately is not with us anymore. So, we have a day where we skate our ass off just for him. We ate some good food, talked with some good people and enjoyed the high ollie contest in which Catnip is the man and flew way high in the air to victory. He got a pretty sweet custom piece of a deck, a good ol’ 6 pack of talls, and a warm welcome by Jeremiah Babb to the Bender Hardware family.


“…I’ve known this dude for a long time. Always thought,
“Catnip?! What the fuck kinda name is that?” His friends
laughed at me and no one has ever told me a straight
answer. Doesn’t matter though. Kid destroys! You’d
never guess all the power that comes out of that quiet,
short kid. 70″ ollie off the 16″ kicker at the Jay Buck Jam.
Skateboarding man. This kid loves it. The times, they
are a changing…Bender is down for him…”
-Words by: Jeremiah Babb

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