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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.

 

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.

More from Bender Hardware *available now in-store at Ambush Board Co.

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!

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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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.

Stormy Pruett at The 40 Yard

Stormy Pruett at The 40 Yard

40 Yard

For those of you who are not familiar with the 40 Yard, it was probably the first DIY (Do It Yourself) spot in the city of Atlanta.  Located off West Peachtree street, the 40 Yard lied within the heart of the city.  It consisted of a long ledge and some banks and quarter pipes, with other obstacles coming and going.  It is safe to say that the 40 Yard was the beginning of a long tradition of DIY spots, including the Freedom Parkway Foundation, the Coop, etc.  Chris Head was a large contributor, along with many MANY more.  So many awesome stories come from the 40 Yard or Cruddside as some called it.  They even had a resident homeless person staying at the spot, his name was Troy.  Troy would protect the spot from anyone trying to steal or ruin any of the ramps.  The locals might include, but are not limited to; Stormy Pruett, Chris Head, Scott Mckenzie, Shawn Beeks, Jeremiah Babb (Owner of Bender Hardware), Jay Buck, Mike Summers, Brian Hutch, Ryan Flynn and Steve Young.  Although their recent fame would lead you to believe otherwise, Sidney and Therman Sewell, more likely known as The ATL Twins, became very familiar faces there as well.  Even Yelawolf was a frequenter of the 40 Yard.  As we all know nothing truly good or awesome lasts forever, in early 2000 someone purchased the land the 40 Yard had been built on.  A fence was put up around the spot, which did not stop people from skating, but soon after that a high rise building was built there.   R.I.P. 40 Yard.

Recently, Ryan Flynn over at AtlantaHatesUs.com received some resurfacing footage from the 40 Yard.  This video is from a contest held at the 40 Yard in 1999.  Check it out!

For more super awesome Atlanta Skateboarding History, stop by and have a chat with everyone’s favorite sideburns, Stormy Pruett, at Ambush Board Co.

 

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?

Catnip:  My mom took me to a thrift store and I found it for 2 bucks. I think its made by No Boundaries.

Me: Do you think that the shirt has helped you land tricks?  I notice a lot of your gnarlier tricks from your last part the shirt is present.

Catnip: I don’t think so. Might just be a coincidence.

Me: You’re from the same town as Josh. How was it growing up in the middle of no where with that dude?

Catnip: It was really fun.  Especially after I moved right next door to him.  Skate the back side of his house everyday, then at night throw shit at cars.

Me: What did he have at his house?

Catnip: Had an unfinished foundation with rails and boxes and stuff.  His brother made us a quarter pipe. It was sick. It was a 5 footer.  Had a bank too for a while.

Me: Would you say growing up skating with Josh has motivated you to skate harder?

Catnip:  Definitely. When you see someone destroying handrails like him when he was 13 it pushes you.  He’s been super gnarly ever since I’ve known him.

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Me: But you guys have a completely different trick selection.

Catnip: I dunno. Opposites attract.

Me: What would you say were your influences growing up?

Catnip: The Ruin video “Noveau” influenced me a lot.  The Flip video “Sorry” was a good one. Emerica videos.  Geoff Rowley, Arto, Penny and in the Ruin video everyone killed it.  Creasy killed it making the damn thing.

Me: Speaking of videos, how has life been since SEC 3?

Catnip:  It’s been good, chillin’ skating all the time.

Me: Did you get a good response about your part?

Catnip: Everyone told me they liked it.  Pretty happy with it, my first real video part, the whole process was good. Probably the funnest time of my life.

Me: What trick from your part were you the most psyched on? And what trick was the most torturous to pull?

Catnip: The switch 3 flip in Miami I was most psyched on. It gave me the best feeling rolling away.  I still can’t describe that feeling.  Most torturous was probably the switch backside flip over the bump in Nashville.  Went 3 different times, tried each time for well over an hour, and would just stick tons of em and slip out.  It just would not happen.  Finally 3rd time got it.

Me: I know you went on most of the trips filming for the video, any trip moment that stands out to you?

Catnip: Yea the Miami trip when you were filming night vision.  Walking on that strip exploring the first night we got there.  Just thinking “Damn this is crazy we’re here for a whole week” such excitement, Miami heat.

Me: I remember we had to share that tiny ass room in the worst hotel ever.  How was that to you?

Catnip: The worst sleeping arrangement I’ve ever had in my life.  Straight tile with a sheet to soften it up.  Woke up with the stupidest feelings in my back.

Me: Did it make it hard to skate?

Catnip: No it didn’t, I was just so hyped to skate there I didn’t care.  To excited to be bummed.

Me: How ’bout new years in Miami?

Catnip: Off the chain, wild beach party.  Never seen fireworks on the beach before, just mayhem.  Walk around with beers in your hand cops don’t even care or anything.

Me:  How bout the wrecking crew walking back to the hotel?

Catnip:  Pure destruction, everything in our path.  Zak tore out a phone cord of a pay phone right next to our hotel. Some bum seen it go down I guess he used that phone all the time or something.  Pretty much tried to fight us as we’re going back into the hotel. I don’t know why I said it, but I said “don’t make eye contact”.  He was right next to us and he goes “Don’t make eye contact?  How bout I kick your ass?”.  Thought it was going down then the hotel manager had our back and told him to leave.

Me: How ’bout the taxi ride rock paper scissors?

Catnip:  People on the other side of the road that yelled out for the taxi. They got it but we seen ‘em get it and then we thought we could run across the street and steal it from ‘em.  Both groups were trying to get the taxi, then somehow it came up whoever wins in rock-paper-scissors gets the cab.  So Ben Hayes played one of their dudes.  We won. They still didn’t wanna give it up, but the guy that actually played Ben said “Nah its theirs fair and square”.  We only had enough money to make it across the bridge then had to walk from there.

Me: Atlanta has really came up in the skate world in the past few years.  What do you think makes our scene here so awesome?

Catnip: Its dirty and raw, I really do think that’s why.  Everyone helps out everybody There’s so many rippers of all ages, all types of skating.  We all come together at some point, everyone feeds off each other.

Me: Who from the older generation would you say has really helped keep it going?

Catnip:  Stormy, Jeremiah, Creasy is still doing everything he’s done.  Shawn Coffman.

Me:  Who’s killing it in ATL today?

Catnip:  Zeke, Jack Wishon, Sneedweed, Andrew Edge, Travis Glover, Dan Plunkett, Pat, David, Justin Brock, I could keep goin’ forever.

Me:  What do you think of all the internet content in skateboarding these days?

Catnip: It’s got its ups and downs I guess. I’d rather watch a full length video than just see some little fool around part or something.  If your gonna do it, (film skating) go all out.  I feel like the internet spoils a lot of things.

Me: More so than just skating?

Catnip:  I feel like a lot of things lose their magic when they’re over exposed on the internet.  Anything really, you almost know too much about everything too easily. It takes away a lot of the cool mystery of things.

Me: What about social media (Facebook, Instagram), you use that stuff?

Catnip: No, not at all.  I had an Instagram but I only used it like 3 times. I think its unnecessary, I prefer human face to face interaction.

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Me: Describe to me in 5 words, Matt Mazza.

Catnip: Retardstrength, goofy, Itallian, cereal, and halo.

Me:  How is it being the longest standing couch occupant at Shady Lane?

Catnip:  It’s the best.  Its fun its a good time.  I’d recommend it.  You got Pizza the cat to play with, two dogs now, parties, it’s got it all.  It’s a nice skate house.

Me: What kind of chores do you do at the lane?

Catnip: Sometimes ya’ll pay me to do dishes, vacuum, pick up trash, take the trash out.  Sometimes I even clean Pizza’s litter box, feed Pizza as well.  That’s pretty much it.  I’d say its a pretty fair trade.

Me: Other than the Shady Lane residents,  who else is hooking you up these days?

Catnip: Jeremiah Babb with Bender Hardware, Freddy at Think skateboards, Tyler at Huf shoes, Brian at Ambig Clothing, and Nick Matlin over at Paradise Wheels.

Me: How’d you get so many good hook ups?

Catnip: Just from all my friends helping me out.

Me: Well I guess thats it.  What can we be looking for from you in the near future?

Catnip: Hopefully the FU vs SEC video.  Just trying to go on trips really.  Summer love.

Me: Thanks dude.

Catnip:  Thank you.

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

SEC3 is dropping in exactly 5 days! Make sure you get your day requested off and come out for an awesome video premiere! Saturday, November 17th at the Plaza Theater 1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30306. Be ready to get drunk and watch some amazing skateboarding!

Other good news, well not good but whatever, is the Explorer broke over the weekend. So, I’m stuck here at the shop! But hey, come by and check out our SICK Spitfire X Ambush Board Co. collaboration wheel. I haven’t tried a set out myself but they are RAD!

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