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Iconic Atlanta Video Parts

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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…

 

What is Low ATL?

 

Over the past year or so, there has been a ton of talk and social media promotion using the phrase and the hashtag “Low Atl”. But, it seems that not too much is known about what exactly Low Atl is or means. I have had a number of people come up to me with a lot of the same questions. “What does “Low Atl” mean?” “Is that a brand?” “Isn’t that the same as Lowcard Magazine?”

 

Ambush Low Atl

 

In translation, the term “Low Atl” means family. To be “Low” means to be down. We are a family of people who truly love skateboarding and who come together for one common passion. I say “we” because we are all considered “Low Atl”. Even if you aren’t from or living in Atlanta. It is a family of skateboarders. We have all started somewhere, and no matter how good you are or are not, there will always be people who will have your back if you are legit. Your legitimacy in skateboarding can be defined in infinitely many ways based off of everyone’s individual standards, but to me your legitimacy is defined by your passion. We all had to be shown the ropes at some point. You can’t learn everything all on your own. But, rest assured that if you always stick with something you are truly passionate about, then you will learn as much as you can on your own. The rest comes from listening to the ones who have been doing it longer than you.  They have the most experience and have shown dedication to the art. Even in skateboarding, your elders deserve respect.

 

Ambush Jeremiah Babb Sessions

 

The true origin of “Low Atl” can be an ambiguous topic in that people aren’t too sure of how it started. “Low Atl” actually came from a colaboratory effort between Lowcard Magazine and Atlanta’s very own Stormy Pruett (@Seaboard) and Jeremiah Babb (@Benderbabby). Stormy had contacted the people at Lowcard to see about having an issue of the mag focused solely on the Atlanta scene. Lowcard, being as down for skateboarding as they are, agreed to it. The mag was filled with interviews as well as sick photos of all the Atlanta rippers. The photo credit primarily goes to local photographer David Morico (@last_of_the_morichans). Without him, there would not have been any photos to send. It was Issue #46 “The Atlanta Article”. The release of an article of that caliber of course calls for a party, right? Well, in order to track the event on social media, the people who came to the party were told to hashtag the words “LowAtl”. This became the true start of the “LowAtl” movement and, to me, it was the the return of Atlanta to the skateboarding scene. People like Stormy and Miah gave this area its start. They were the first generation and they made a lot of history. Well, now its our time to step up to the plate. It’s time for us to go spot searching and street skating. No more of this all day at the park garbage. Get out there and go big. Try to make something happen. A skatepark is like a canvas that has been painted on over and over and over again. How good does it make you feel to three flip down the same stairs that someone else three flips every day? As far as consistency, a skatepark is convenient. You can’t get hassled at a skatepark (even that isn’t always the case). There is nothing original about a skatepark. It is a just way to trick skaters to stay out of the streets. And it works too.

 

Ambush Stormy Pruett Lowcard

 

This Saturday just so happens to be “Go Skateboarding Day” which is an internationally acknowledged holiday. And, we at Ambush are going to be hosting an event at the Kennesaw Skatepark. I encourage as many of you as possible to come, but only as a start to the day. Come out, have fun, participate in the best trick contests, listen to the Dirty Squids, chill with homies, and maybe get some free product if you’re lucky. Then go hit the streets!!!  So many street spots are still left to be discovered here in Georgia. And not just in the city, but in the suburban areas too. Some complain that all the spots are so spread out that nobody wants to spend the gas money to find them. I get it, every spot outside of downtown is at least twenty minutes away from one another. But so what? Why should we let that stop us? We shouldn’t and we cannot continue to let it! Take the time, scrape some money together, throw in for gas, and put in the effort because the results are so indescribably worth it. Being out with your friends searching for untapped resources. Trying to get the best angles and the lighting just right. Documenting the trick, the style, and the personality of the skater coming out through that spot. And then being able to watch that clip all together with your buddies and just feeding off of the energy that it generates. It is something that you can’t quite describe. It is something you have to feel for yourself. So, go out there and find out what that feeling is to you. Pick up your board, call up your friends, and go skate! Because, at the end of the day, the streets are where it matters the most. Adapting to urban environments is the heart of skateboarding and the true nature of a skateboarder. And, this new generation needs to help us return skateboarding to the streets the way Stormy and Miah  did. Then, we need to keep it that way.

We all look out for each other. We all stand side by side. This is what we love. This is our passion. This is our fun. This is our freedom. This is our community. One Community. Low Atl.

 

Ambush Lowatl

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Stormy Pruett: 10 Years Deep

Rarely in life do you meet someone who is exactly the same on the outside as they are on the inside.  It’s not often that you come across an individual who acts the same in front of people as they do when no one is around. Or have your back when shit is on the line. Or live above the fray. It’s rare to find someone who is as good of a friend or better to you than you are to them. And IF you ever find that special person, consider yourself mighty lucky you are able to share 10 years with them.

This month marks Stormy‘s tenth year at Ambush. Throughout that time, Ambush and Stormy have grown together, evolved together and become synonymous with one another. So, how do you reward that kind of extended passion and loyalty? Forget the golden watch, its all about skateboarding, baby.

Introducing the Stormy Pruett/10 Years Deep limited edition deck. The board features pop art style graphics by Austin Fehn and a heartfelt tribute by myself and Jeremiah Babb shrink-wrapped inside. The board is available in-store only.

Stormy Pruett and Jeremiah Babb - Friends for Life

Stormy Pruett and Jeremiah Babb – Friends for Life

Beyond Ambush, Stormy is a dedicated husband and father, a caring friend to all, and is on the Mount Rushmore of Atlanta skateboarding. Thank you Stormy for all you are. Thank you for all you have given skateboarding. Thank you for your commitment and passion. And, thank you for all you have devoted to me and Ambush.

Stormy and Finley

Stormy and Finley

We have had a lot of great years together…but nowhere near enough. Here’s to ten more.

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!

Atlanta’s Travis Glover

Atlanta has a rich skateboarding history. Thomas Taylor held the city down in the 1980’s. Stormy Pruett ran things in the 1990’s. Jeremiah Babb reigned during the new millennium. And Grant Taylor won Skater of the Year in 2011. Now it’s Travis Glover‘s turn.

Has anyone noticed how much play Travis has been getting lately? Of course he was featured in the latest Ambush video montage.

Plus, he’s popping up in all kinds of places. Check his latest appearances in the Zoo York blog. Or his feature in Focus. Better yet, check the shit he threw down in Focus’ Premium Cut:

If that doesn’t make you want to try a Zoo York board, maybe this will.

 

Follow Travis on Instagram and Twitter at @tgloves.

 

 

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