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Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

What hasn’t Scott Byerly contributed to wake sports? Everyone knows Byerly as the “Godfather of Wakeboarding” and one of the earliest pioneers of wakeskating. But, did you know that Byerly also invented wake surfing? (As it currently exists. People have been tanker surfing off the coast of Galveston, TX since the 1950s).

Wakesurfing was first brought to the public eye in a largely ignored video by the now defunct brand Badass Bindings.  The video showed Byerly and Bruce Clem paddling in to massive wakes thrown up by the first Super Air Nautique in the summer of 2001. Since then, wakesurfing has become one of the most important niches in water sports.

Now that waksurfing has blown up, we at Ambush have fully embraced it as a competitive sport. Last weekend’s G-Series Wakesurf Contest was the first wakesurf specific contest that we have put on. And, the contest was a blast.

The competition was pretty intense given the friendly, grassroots vibe of the event. Friends, siblings, and co-workers battled it out for wake-slashing supremacy. The new Nautique G-21 wake served as a huge canvas for wakesurfing artistry and the riders did not disappoint. Surfers were boosting airs, blowing out their tails, and doing surface spins that would rival some of the pros. Check the montage of the event and the contest results.

Video credit: Cameron Pugh

 

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest Results

Beginner Women:
1st Place: Colleen Cain
2nd Place: Kristina Burns
3rd Place: Kaeley Creasman
Beginner Men:
1st Place: Mason Liner
2nd Place: Parker Phillips
3rd Place: Jake Borton
Masters Women:
1st Place: Beth Chao
2nd Place: Donna Skellham
3rd Place: Sue Borton
Masters Men:
1st Place: Danny Biebricher
2nd Place: Jay Baker
3rd Place: Josh Creasman
Advanced Women Skim:
1st Place: Abigail Chao
2nd Place: Jordan Wolfe
3rd Place: Taylor Wolfe
Advanced Men Skim:
1st Place: Leland Watkins
2nd Place: Jamie Eichler
3rd Place: Nathan Chao
Advanced Women Surf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Taylor Wolfe
3rd Place: Abigail Chao
Advanced Men Surf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

 

Special thanks to Nautique, Hyperlite, Eddie Beverly, Danny Biebricher at Allatoona Adventures, Ronix, Spy, Slingshot, and O’Neill.

Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest

 

The Nautique G-Series are undoubtedly the best boats in the world to wakesurf behind. The perfect manage-a-trios of a super deep hull, massive wake, the new all new NSS make this boat churn our a wave that looks like a mini version of Kirra on a perfect East swell.

In celebration of this incredible line of boats, Ambush is throwing the G-Series Wakesurf Contest on Saturday, July 12th at Lake Arrowhead.

 

Ambush G- Series Wakesurf Contest

Registration is open now at Ambush. The cost is $45 which includes rider insurance and a contest tee shirt. You can register in any of the 6 divisions (beginner women, beginner men, advanced women skim, advanced women surf, advanced men skim, advanced men surf) where you will be subjectively  judged based on style, technical skill, variety, and intensity.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of each advanced division. Register now to secure your spot in the contest.

For more info, email info@ambushboardco.com or call 770-420-9111.

The Ambush G-Series Wakesurf Contest is sponsored by Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Byerly, Spy, Billabong, Ronix, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Accurate, Reef, Body Glove, and Jet Pilot.

 

 

2014 Ambush Wake Classic

Grassroots wakeboard contests are the backbone of our sport. They cultivate the next generation of wakeboarders, push riders to improve their skills through friendly competition, and bring together the local wake scene. Yeah, the Pro Wakeboard Tour is important. The level of riding is insane. Sponsors infuse money into the sport. Legacies are cemented. But, without grassroots events like the Ambush Wake Classic, the Pro Tour would be dead in less time than it takes to de-winterize your boat.

And, not to get all sappy sentimental on you. But, the wakeboard community needs you, the rider, to keep these grassroots events alive. So give yourself a huge pat on the back for playing a part in the survival and progression of wakeboarding. And, after you’ve congratulated yourself on your contribution to the sport you love, check out the video, pics, and results from the day.

 

 

Contest Results:

Women’s Wakeboard
1st Place: Jenna Malcolm
2nd Place: Madi McCreary
3rd Place: Gabrielle Cumm

Beginner Wakeboard
1st Place: Pierce “Spanky” Bishop
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Robbie Brown

Intermediate Wakeboard:
1st Place: Garrett Reidy
2nd Place: Devin Baker
3rd Place: Taylor Jimenez

Advanced Wakeboard:
1st Place: Ryan Wakenigg
2nd Place: Blake Grimsley
3rd Place: Craig Reidy

Open Wakeboard:
1st Place: Taylor Van Haastrecht
2nd Place: Justin Lee
3rd Place: Quinn Silvernale

Women’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Jordan Wolfe
2nd Place: Bonnie Kline
3rd Place: Abigial Chao

Men’s Wakesurf:
1st Place: Mark Roche
2nd Place: Leland Watkins
3rd Place: Jamie Eichler

 

Big thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen: Nautique, Marine Max, Hyperlite, Lake Acworth, Slingshot, Remote, Spy, Ronix, CWB, Billabong, Liquid Force, Reef, Jet Pilot, O’Neill, Quiksilver, and Body Glove.

 

The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect

The Nautique G-23 Wake was Perfect

 

 

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Wakesurfing Took Over the Ambush Wake Classic. With Moves Like This, We are Happy it Did.

 

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

Alex Graydon Giving Slingshot a Plug

 

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

Women Have Brought Grace and Elegance to Grassroots Wakeboarding

 

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

Kline has Brought Grace and Elegance to Nothing

 

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23.

Quinn Silvernale Can Ride Behind the Boat Too. As Long as it is a G-23

 

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

Justin Lee Grabbed 2nd Place in Open Wakeboard

 

Surfers Rule

Surfers Rule

 

Boys Drool

Boys Drool

 

You Didn't Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

You Didn’t Have to Win to Win. Shariyn (sorry if I botched your name) Won a Slingshot x Shredtown x Ambush Board

 

Thanks for Coming

Thanks for Coming

Franchise FLX Product Review

It’s unreal to think that we now have a full cable park right down the street! Located in Cartersville, Ga., Terminus Wake Park is truly a blessing for wakeboarders in the Atlanta area. I’m more excited than a Lake Allatoona fisherman would be if they found out a Bass Pro Shop was going in right next door! (And yes, that might actually happen too.) Yeehaw!

With all the excitement of having such an amazing cable park so close, it’s easy to overlook things like a good “cable” board, or maybe that’s just me? When I heard that thing was up and running, I grabbed my Hyperlite Murray and voided that warranty with no hesitation. Within a week I slid my board to the core and crushed one of the corners on a feature. So don’t be a dummy like me and ruin a perfectly good boat board. Keep your boat board alive and get a solid cable board in your quiver. You won’t be disappointed. A cable specific board lasts longer and will be a whole lot more fun.

In my eyes, the Hyperlite Franchise FLX is hands down the dopest dope for Hyperlite’s cable board line. Made for pro rider Jimmy LaRiche, this board is the flexiest, most durable Hyperlite board I’ve ridden. The fully machined crossover flex core really gives the board that flexy/snappy feel of wood and, with the 360 degree ABS sidewall, you’re not going to crush or delam this bad boy either.

2014 Hyperlite Franchise FLX

2014 Hyperlite Franchise FLX

I really like that the board has no contours or channels running through the tip or tail to get maximum feel and control when pressed out on features. I love this board and I can almost guarantee that you will too. So stop into Ambush Board Co., Atlanta’s premiere wakeboard shop, and check it out!

The Perfect Cable Board

The Perfect Cable Board

Ambush Summer Calendar

Summer sucks. Summer is rad. I love the summer time. I hate the summer. The heat is unbearable. Sweat, sweat, sweat. I’m thirsty thinking about it. The nights are wild. The parties are epic. The days are longer. The sessions are longer. The sessions are better. I love summertime.

Now that summer has once again reared its beautifully ugly head, we have some upcoming events to help you enjoy your arduously short yet acutely long summer. Let the radness begin.

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Ronix Wakeskate/Wakeboard Demo Day - June 12th
Take a set with Reed Hansen behind the Ambush Nautique. Demo your favorite Ronix wakeboards, wakeskates, and surfers. Learn a few tricks from one of wakeskating’s premier shredders. And, it is totally FREE.

The Ronix Wakeskate/Wakeboard Demo Day runs from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Holiday Harbor Marina (Lake Allatoona). 5989 Groovers Landing Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102.

 

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Go Skateboarding Day – June 21st
Spend Go Skateboarding Day with us. Enjoy live music from Space Orphan and the Red Bull DJ. Chomp on free food, candy, and drinks. Enter the Red Bull High Ollie Contest (winning prize TBA). Or, skate some ledges with the Ambush crew.

The Ambush Go Skateboarding Day festivities will run from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the shop.

 

Hyperlite Experience

 

The Hyperlite Experience – July 11th
Have you ever ridden behind a Nautique G-23? Have you ever taken a set with Hyperlite and Ambush pro Scott Stewart? Have you tested out all of the latest Hyperlite boards? How about the System boots/bindings? No? Well now you can.

Sign up for this once in a lifetime opportunity at www.hyperlite.com/expereince. Chose either the morning of afternoon session. The cost is $30 which includes a FREE Hyperlite tee shirt, mini Murray wakeboard, and swag bag.

The Hyperlite Experience also takes place at Holiday Harbor Marina (Lake Allatoona). 5989 Groovers Landing Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102.

Herb O’Brien | 1944 – 2012

Water sports industry giant, innovator, and visionary Herb O’Brien passed away on Monday following years of kidney complications. He was 68 years old.

During his life Herb created water sports manufacturing behemoths O’Brien, HO/Hyperlite, and Square One distribution (Ronix/Radar). Among O’Brien’s many contributions to the industry are the first compression-molded neutral-buoyancy wakeboard, the first line of closed-toe bindings, and the first tunnel-bottom waterski. If you have owned a piece of waterski equipment, Herb probably had his hand in designing it.

Herb was also known for creating technology that allowed his riders to perform to the best of their ability, while not neglecting the lifestyle of the rider. In fact, it was Herb’s industry knowledge that served as a guiding light for the careers of some of wakeboarding’s biggest names.

Herb O'Brien (left) Paul Obrien (right)

Fortunately, Herb’s passion and legacy live on through his son, Paul, whose ideas and strategies have accelerated Ronix into a worldwide leading wakeboard brand in a mere six years. Our sincere condolences go out to the O’Brien family and the people at Square One.

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The [re]aWAKEning Wrap-Up

Atlanta area wakeboarding has entered a new era. Much has changed in the three years since our last wakeboard contest. A new breed of rider is now dominating the podium. Young and hungry rippers, led by the Jackson Five, are pushing the old guard aside. Exit Rhett Whatley; enter Tripp Brown. Brett and Brandon Lee? Are you sure you’re not thinking of Justin Lee?

As different as The [re]aWAKEning was, some things never change. Britt Rothove rode well and placed again, Paul “Turbo Urbo” Urbanowski helped us understand what wakeboarding is really all about, and the skies predictably poured rain all over the contest site.

Although the weather was rough, Lake Arrowhead was perfect. And, the rain kept all the kooks away.

 

Wakesurfing has boomed in popularity since our last Wake contest. The level of competition was proof that Wakesurfing ain’t no fad.

The wakeskaters ripped, as well. We nearly had an all Ambush podium.

But, wakeboarding is still king. Everyone from the Beginner to Open divisions killed it.

Final Results

Women’s Wakeboard:

1st Place – Molly Spetalnik – 47 points
2nd Place – Jenna Malcolm – 33 points
3rd Place Ashley Denney – 31 points
4th Place – Allison Hogan/Melissa Houseworth – 30 points
6th Place Kelly Mattick/Miranda Serwitz 24 points

Beginner Wakeboard:

1st Place – Spencer Carnahan – 69 points
2nd Place – Oran Allen – 64 points
3rd Place – Mike McGee – 63 points
4th Place – Anthony Kennedy – 61 points
5th Place – Drew Bowen – 49 points
6th Place – Hamilton Buchanan – 41 points
7th Place – Daniel McElwaney – 40 points
8th Place – Clint Howell – 37 points
9th Place – Tommy Cook – 32 points

Intermediate Wakeboard:

1st Place – Madison Prince – 75 points
2nd Place – Dylan Wittman 65 points
3rd Place – Britt Rothove – 64 points
4th Place – Stewart Albert – 63 points
5th Place – Daniel Lockett 61 points
6th Place – Jakob Corbin/Pete Massey – 59 points
8th Place – Chris Lee – 58 points
9th Place – Aaron Hale – 53 points
10th Place – Sean Van Dyke/Devin Baker – 37 points
12th Place – Tyler Lipham – 32 points
13th Place – Paul Urbanowski – 26 points

Advanced Wakeboard:

1st Place – Guy Scott – 81 points
2nd Place – Randy Fritts – 71 points
3rd Place – Adam Silcio – 70 points
4th Place – Taylor Jimenez – 48 points

Open Wakeboard:

1st Place – Tripp Brown – 76 points
2nd Place – Justin Lee – 72 points
3rd Place – Jon Hunt – 66 points
4th Place – Justin Fletcher – 61 points
5th Place – Kevin Lott – 54 points

Wakeskate:

1st Place – Mike Myers – 45 points
2nd Place – Nick Kljucaric – 44 points
3rd Place – Chris Richardson – 43 points
4th Place – Seth Cathy – 41 points
5th Place – Edgar Perez – 35 points
6th Place – Gary Sargent – 22 points
7th Place – Jeremy Kline – 18 points

Wakesurf:

1st Place – Danny Biebricher – 66 points
2nd Place – Mark Roche – 65 points
3rd Place – Jamison Hall – 64 points
4th Place – Ryan Free – 63 points
5th Place – Brian Benedit – 62 points
6th Place – Christian Fountain – 55 points
7th Place – Frank Pendergast – 41 points

Extra special thanks to Dotty at Lake Arrowhead, Eddie at Hyperlite, Jason at Slingshot, Konrad at MarineMax, Brooks at Electric, Mark at Oakley, Dustin at O’Neill, and Ryan at Dragon, and everyone at Nautique for supporting The [re]aWAKEning to the max and making this event great.

Much appreciation to Alpinestars, Arnette, Billabong, Byerly, Fox, GoPro, Hurley, JetPilot, Liquid Force, Metal Mulisha, Reef, Ronix, Sanuk, Skullcandy, Spy, and VonZipper for sponsoring our event.

 

Ambush Boarding Co.
(800) 408-9945 / (770) 420-9111
Sales@AmbushBoardCo.com

 

The Times they are a Changin’

It has already been a year of change here at Ambush Board Co. and we are only a few months in. This past fall, the shop saw a serious remodel of the skate side of the store. With a new counter system, new Volcom and RVCA build outs, and updated concrete floors, things are looking good. Next up for Ambush is a total remodel of the wake and snow side. Construction began hard wood floors and will soon move into creating the most advanced wake and snow set up ever seen before. We are building a shopper friendly area that appeals to the novice all the way to advance rider. We are creating a unique boot try on area, custom displays from Liquid Force, Hyperlite, and Ronix, and a true place for all to come together and get everything they need to ride. So if you happen to be in the area, please stop by and see what we have gearing up for 2012. A bright new interior with the same great service. Hope to see you soon.

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