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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 Recap

 

This past Saturday we hosted the very first contest, called March Radness, over at the new Kennesaw Skatepark. We had no clue what to expect. We were just hoping for the best and biggest to turn out. I must say it was everything we were wanting and more! People of all age groups were there. Dads competing. Girls competing. Young and old bucks blasting huge airs. Moms and grandmas watching. And, the Vans Tour bus with Tony Alva rolled through. It was great.  Doing raffles throughout the day to keep families entertained. Multiple photographers and videographers covering the event. We really couldn’t ask for much more. After that, it was all up to the skating for the rest of the action, which I was able to get plenty of photos of for you guys to check out. Huge thanks to all the sponsors and people that helped make this contest bad ass!

 

Street Results

1st Place – Jacob Hayes from Faith Skateshop
2nd Place – Niko Howard
3rd Place – Will Gatewood

Pool Results

1st Place – Gage Gum
2nd Place – Jake Wooten
3rd Place – Racy Corbett

Photo Recap

Old Buck with the FS Indy Grab

Ira Canada Smith Grind

Ambush Team Rider Gary Sargent Showing his Mom Some Love

Ambush Team Rider Josh Butler FS Blunt

The Legend Himself: Stormy Pruett Always on the Mic

Atlanta’s Finest: Jeremiah Babb and Jordan Smith Judging the Show

Little Man with a Nosegrab off the Kicker

Ambush Team Rider Mitch Shutters Smith Grind

Hannah Chumley. Even the Ladies were Rippin’!

Army Veteran Slashing the Coping

Vans Tour Bus

Josh Butler

Families and Friends Watch as Wes Slashes a Front 5-Oh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEC vs. FU Crue Trailer

Atlanta’s own SEC has teamed up with Tennessee’s FU Crue to wage war on the streets of the dirty South. For the past couple years both crews have been stacking clips in an all-out effort to put their combined stamp on the Southern skate scene.  Press play and have some neosporin handy…

More on SEC

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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It’s About Time! The Kennesaw Skatepark is Officially Done.

The time everyone has been waiting for is here. The Kennesaw Street League Skatepark is ready for shredding. Opening Day is tommorow at 10AM. Ice your ankles, rest your legs, eat your veggies, brush your teeth, and get a good night sleep ’cause it will be going off tommorow! Ryan Sheckler and Torey Pudwill, two of the nation’s top pros, with be there. Also, the Ambush crew will be on site as well! Lucky enough, the Ambush crew was actually able to get a little preview shred today!

This is just a short and sweet preview of what’s available at the park to skate! It will be a great time tommorow. Red Bull will be providing music and entertainment. Also we will be doing tons of raffles and giveaways! So, everyone come out for a fun, eventful day to celebrate this amazing skatepark! Thanks to everyone who helped out throughout the years and never gave up!

 

Josh K Grind on the Big Rail

Josh FS Air

Josh Butler Long FS Smith

CatNip FS Rock N Roll

CatNip Nollie FS Grab

CatNip Nollie Tre Channel Gap

 

 

Catnip Paradise Wheels Montage

Check out the new Paradise Wheels Winter flow montage featuring our very own Catnip!

Mazza Monday: Another Monday

It’s still summertime and I’m living the good life.

Last weekend I rode the MegaBus up to Nashville, TN with Max and CatNip. Boy was that a good time. We did a lot of skating, met the Fully Torqued RV Tour guys and partied our asses off. To give you the info on the Fully Torqued RV Tour, it’s Clint Walker’s RV that he is living in for a whole year. Clint is traveling the U.S with people from the Ambig and Birdhouse teams. Clint Walker, Clive Dixon, Dirty the Photographer, Trevor Vaughan and filmer Trevor Owens were all out on the road together. Clint has a cousin that lives in the boonies of TN with a bunch of land. So, Clint was nice enough to pack the RV full of the three of us and all the Nashville homies and take us out there. Chugging, grilling out and shooting mad fireworks! It was an awesome time. Big thanks to Clint!

This was Intense

 

It seems the Kennesaw Skatepark is coming along real nice like! I’m hyped for it to be finished. I wish they were sticking to the original design though. Oh well. It’s still going to be a fun place to skate. By the way, it’s looking it should be done within a month! I can’t wait to seeing everyone up there.

Almost Done!

 

And last but not least, I’m kinda bummed right now that I couldn’t make it down to Tampa, FL to see the Black Sabbath concert. Literally EVERYONE went! All the Ambush dudes and their girls plus a few more. Oh well. Hopefully they will get some good videos and photos! Well, that’s it for this Mazza Monday! LATER!

Black Sabbath

Mazza Mondays: Fishing and Skating – It’s Summer Time

Here’s to another Mazza Monday.

A lot of fishing has been going on this summer. You can catch me on the water with Josh, Charlie, CatNip, and Max. We have been cranking them in. Fake worms, spinner baits, jigs, crank baits all seem to be working good. It’s summer time so the fish are destroying the top water baits, buzz baits, Pop R’s. Weightless worms are my favorite lures as of now. Ok, enough of the fishing BS.

Me with a Bass

Me with a Bass

 

Josh with a Big Ol Catfish

Josh with a Big Ol Catfish

 

Not only has the summer brought a bunch of fishing, it as well has brought a bunch of good skating! Even in this heat, we are out there all day long sweating our asses off ’til the sun goes down. This summer has been awesome! Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Kickflips, Back Tails, Back Smiths, beers, the beach, and friends. I can’t ask for anything better.

 

CatNip Melon Blast

CatNip Melon Blast

Josh BS Smith BellSouth

Josh BS Smith BellSouth

 

Also, Stormy was able to hook it up with a pair of the new SpitFire F4 wheels. I got the 54mm 101s and boy they are insane! Powersliding is like gliding on ice with these wheels. Not to mention they’re fast as hell too! I’ve never had so much fun bombing hills until I got to try them. Everybody needs to get a set as soon as they’re released! They are not for beginners. Haha, they are some intense wheels.

 

Spitfire Formula 4s 54mm 101a

Spitfire Formula 4s 54mm 101a

Well, that concludes this Mazza Monday. Ready to go to Nashville this weekend for some more skating!! PEACE.

Mazza Mondays: Skate Videos are Poppin’ off this Year

What’s up? Mazza Mondays going down this Monday. I must say its a good year for skate  videos. So far we got Creature CFSU, Transworld Perpetual Motion, The DeathWish Video, Bones New Ground, and Ambig Modern Art. Its great seeing old legends, new rippers, and friends that have made it into the videos.

 

Creature CFSU Free copy came with the May issue of Thrasher. If you like big handrails, giant airs, high speed tranny skating and huge ditches this is the video for you! Definitely a bunch of jaw dropping material in this video! From David Gravette to Ryan Reyes to Al Partannen. This video is sick!

Transworld Perpetual Motion 25. Filmed and edited by Atlantas very own Chris Thiessen, this video is full of clean smooth editing and really great filming. A good variety technical tricks, handrails, gaps, stairs, and tranny. Not to mention a bunch of sick spots in various other parts of the world! Walker Ryan kills it. Jimmy Carlin kills it. And my favorite part, Julian Davidson. He really kills it!

Bones New Ground II. Not much to say about this video. Their team being so big the video is basically just a bunch of skating from a ton of guys that rip! Jaws, Dakota Servold, Moose, The McClung brothers and Ben Raybourn are all seen in this video. Plus, a ton more in the 2 montages.

The DeathWish video one of the newest and as of now think its my official favorite video so far this year. It has a great soundtrack, good classic VX1 filming, and a bunch of true legends. You can tell everyone in this video really pushed it to having a good part. My top 3 parts from this video are gonna have to be Erik Ellington, Moose, and Slash. Jon Dickson turned pro after the premiere in LA, so that should already tell you something about his part.

The newest of the new Ambig Modern Art. This video is free in the July issue of Thrasher. Short but very solid video. Matt Bennett killed it and Clint Walkers part is heavy duty. Also if you watch past the credits into the flow section you will see our very own Trey Abad CATNIP!!! Making the cut. Hell yeah!

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.

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