Archives for Georgia

Iconic Atlanta Video Parts

Atlanta Traffic

Atlanta

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…

 

Element No Board Left Behind in Kennesaw, Georgia

This past Friday was the Element No Board Left Behind event here at Ambush Board Co. If you had an old deck laying around the house, Element was kind enough to bring all there supplies to cut it into a cruiser shape for FREE! Also if you bought an Element deck the day of the event you, received free cruiser wheels and trucks courtesy of Element! Pretty sick deal if you ask me. Sorry for those who missed out.

On the scene hanging out were Element pros Levi Brown and Evan Smith. Big thanks to them for coming to hang out. They are some chill dudes! The Legend himself Donny Barley was on hand as well cutting your boards personally just for you! He did an awesome job. Big thanks to Andy Dicker for providing the entertainment while everyone was getting there decks hooked up! Huge thanks to Element and everyone who came out to get there boards cut. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the future.

 

Element No Board Left Behind

Element Tour Van

The Goods

Our Boy Cheese Came out for to Support!

Element’s Andy Running the Show!

Element Pro Levi Brown Cutting out Some Shapes

Element LEGEND Donny Barley Smoothing out Some Edges. So Stoked to See Him Here!

Element Pro Evan Smith Outlining a Cutout

“Let the dizzy kickflip game begin”

“Everyone spin around their boards 10 times and try to kickflip”

Trash Can Full of Cutouts

The Boards Came out SICK!

Cutout Aftermath

Evan Smith Signing Some Autographs

Ambush Legend Stormy Pruett Coped that Autographed Freshie for Finley

 

65 Degrees and Sunny

In my opinion, there is only one thing to do on a perfect weather day. That is go skate. Cool, blue skies, a light breeze and fresh Georgia air got me out of the house real quick. I rounded up a couple of the Ambush boys Wes and Zeke as well as the good homies Dakota Plumley and Brenden Lagna. We all met up at the new Kennesaw Skatepark to start a sweet day of shredding. We put in a solid 5 hours of non stop skating. Here is a little montage to show what we got!

 

VOX Backin’ GA Video

The guys from VOX recently came into town to stack footage for a new web series on Network A. Check out the fruits of your labor in the form of this ATL-based web edit. Kennesaw got a lot of shine. Huge shouts to VOX and everyone for coming out.

VOX Backin' GA

VOX Backin GA

More from VOX and Network A.

A Day at Terminus Wake Park

It’s a good time to be a metro-Atlanta based wakeboarder. The lakes are still at full pool, the weather is holding out, and Terminus Wake Park recently opened up in Emerson, GA. Take a couple laps around the new park with Cole Vanhoff, Nick Gaddy, and Gary Sargent as they get critical sharing a two hour session.

Cole Vanhoff

Interested in cable wakeboarding? Be sure to come in and get your questions answered at Atlanta’s best wake shop.

The Slingshot Space Pickle

You’ve never seen a board like the Space Pickle.  An all new ultra-wide thumb tail design that’s sure to take your wave riding to the next level.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun with the Space Pickle this year.” Slingshot explains. “Obviously it’s great in the surf, but the guys have really been crushing it behind the boat. It’s a blast.”

Check out the Space Pickle in action behind the boat. If you’re looking for a low impact, fun way to work your lower and upper body…then look no further.

Stop by the shop and see what the Slingshot Space Pickle is all about. For pricing, availability, paddle sizing and more, give us a call at 770-420-9111.

Call 770-420-911 for details

Swift-Cantrell Skatepark Groundbreaking Ceremony

Today was a big day for the local skate scene of North Cobb County. At 11:00am this morning, the city of Kennesaw held the official groundbreaking for the first phase of construction for the Swift-Cantrell Skatepark.

“The facility will be the first ever permanent skate park to feature elements modeled on a competitive street skate park plaza design, and will be capable of hosting large and small skateboarding events.” explains the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation dept. “The first phase will consist of two projects: the skate park plaza, as well as additional parking, lighting and restrooms.”

We’re stoked to see the project unfold and get underway. More information can be found on the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation‘s Facebook page.

reppi'n

Stormy being briefed on the plaza design

Joe Ciglia on the micThe official ground breaking

 

www.AmbushBoardCo.com

SEC 3 Parts

Max and Mazza apparently started an upload war on YouTube. Now, between their two accounts, four parts of SEC 3 are streaming live for your enjoyment. Get a taste and then buy the DVD.

Zeke Logan ↓

Trey Abad ↓

Friends Section ↓

Extras Montage ↓

Buy SEC 3 on DVD and get SEC 1 and 2 for FREE.

www.AmbushBoardCo.com

 

Ambush Demo @ Found Skatepark

Friday August 31st the Ambush team headed up north to Found Skatepark to show off the goods and give away some goodies. This was the first time up there for most of us and I have to say that the park is pretty damn sweet. The guys over at Found made good use of a smaller sized space and the park flows like butter. I know the Found is pretty far from home for you local Ambush dudes, but we saw a few familiar faces up there (which is awesome) and met a whole bunch of new rad kids as well. Hopefully, this video will hype some of you to drive up to Ellijay and give it a whirl.

Big thanks to Mike and the whole Found crew for having us, and an even bigger thanks to all the kids and families who showed up in support. Hope you guys had as much fun as we did!

Supra Three Amigos Tour!

On 4/20 the Supra team pleasured the Dirty South their arrival in Atlanta. I hear they were throwing hammers down the Big 5 before they headed up here for a meet and greet. A huge crowd showed up and started to shred the ramps as they waited for the team to arrive. Tyler Lee and I got the grill going and kept hot dogs on deck.

When the vans arrived it was Neen Williams, Boo Johnson, Keelan Dadd, Spencer Hamilton, Kevin Romar, Pat Rumney, and Nick Tucker. It didn’t take long for the kids to start a line and the team began writing their name over and over and over again.

After everyone got their collectable ebay items to sell when they are over the hill, the team just chilled with crowd for a few hours. Some dudes killed the ramps, some shredded the mic. If you didn’t make it you are probably going to regret it for the rest of your life, but good thing Max got it all on film for you.

This team meet and greet was probably the most fun Ambush has had in a long time. That is until we went to Damn AM at Hazard County Skatepark the next day!

Last updated by at .