Archives for Kennesaw

Skateboard Camp with Ambush Board Co.

When you’re a kid…summer is the best!  No school means sleeping in and having plenty of time to catch up on non-scholarly pursuits.  Whether it’s playing video games, watching TV or going to skateboard camp, it’s easily every kid’s favorite time of the year.  However, today is July 15th…and, with July almost being half over, most kids in the metro Atlanta are will be back in school in a couple weeks.  With that being said, one of our favorite things about summer is being able to host a skateboard camp at Swift-Cantrell through the city of Kennesaw.  What skateboarder doesn’t enjoy sharing the love of skateboarding with the next generation of rippers?

The camp has been going strong for a few summers now and it’s great to see some of shop’s riders braving the heat to teach. Not only are the campers stoked to learn the basics of skating but equally they are excited to learn about the culture. Here’s a glimpse into life as a camper:

Also, since camp is so awesome, I wanted to get some perspective on the camp from the instructors on what they love and hate about camp.

Bobby Henson

  ollie at foundation

The best part about skate camp is the kids and how fast they progress. It blows my mind every week how new and clueless most of the kids are to skateboarding and how by the end of the week they know how to do all the basics and even a few tricks. Some of the best highlights are the different ways each kid celebrates when they do something new and have been trying to learn for a awhile, that they never thought they would ever land. For example, one camper always wanted to drop in on a quarter pipe and once he landed one and rolled away he just screamed, with his hands doing rock on fist in the air. 

Wesley Lembo

backside smith grind

Skate Camp is awesome because my friends and I get the opportunity to literally cultivate the upcoming generation of skateboarders. I love getting to be hands on with each kid, and try to push them to try things that they maybe never thought they could do. The worst part is the heat. Everybody feels it, but I love just encouraging everyone to stay hydrated, to drink water, and to work at their own pace. Every kid is unique, and can offer something different to the camp experience. Between seeing new faces and old from week to week. I can easily say that skate camp is one of my favorite things that I get to be a part of.

Skyler Clark

kickflip over rail

Teaching skate camp at Swift Cantrell park has been a blast for me. It gives me a nostalgic feeling from when i was younger going to Progressive Skate Park camps in canton. Most of the kids that enroll genuinely want to learn and keep skating after the camp is done. I’d have to say the best part about skate camp is running into the kids later on and seeing how much they’ve progressed since the last time you skated with them. It makes you feel like you’ve made a positive difference in they’re life. A lot of cool kids have come through and even a few teenagers. No matter how old they are, it’s always awesome to see kids slam super hard and get right back up to try again. That’s what skating is all about. It’s about pushing yourself just over your comfort level and seeing what you’re really capable of. There have been many memorable moments during the time we’ve been doing the camps but honestly the most memorable ones are when they finally land what they’ve been working on and realize that as long as you want it you can do anything.

Now i can only name a couple of downsides to skate camp. Obviously the summer heat would take the energy out of most people, but for some reason it feels like the heat is magnified at that park haha.

The only other thing that kind of ticks me off is when parents sign they’re kids up just to get them out of the house. I get it. You don’t want your kid to be a couch potato, but that doesn’t mean skateboarding is what they want to do. Skating involves repeatedly slamming, getting back up and trying again. I feel like skateboarding is for athletic people who don’t quite fit into or don’t wanna be involved in other sports. So when a kid shows up and clearly has no intention on trying and acts like they’re being forced into it, its a bummer. Either way, we try to stoke them up as much as we can but in the end, it all depends on how much they want it.

Lakai Vincent 2 with Skyler

We always have a lot to be hyped on, for starters, it’s spring and that fresh feeling is taking over. Speaking of fresh, new to Lakai’s Spring ’16 lineup is Vincent Alvarez’s second pro model, the Vincent 2 and it’s hella fresh.

For those unfamiliar with Vicent, he burst onto the scene after winning DC‘s King of LA contest in 2007.  That one contest propelled a seemingly unknown Vincent to an overnight sensation and put him on everyone’s radar. Most importantly, his performance put him on Sam Smyth’s radar (Sam is team manager for Girl Skateboards & Chocolate).  Smyth would just have to track down Vincent first.. As legend has it, Vincent won a prepaid phone at the DC contest and exchanged number’s with Smyth but never made contact past this exchange. Once Vincent’s phone ran out of minutes there was no way to contact him. Eventually Smyth was able to find him and the rest is history, Vincent picked up a spot on Chocolate skateboards and eventually the legendary Lakai footwear.

We are glad that Smyth was able to lock Vincent down because Vincent’s brand of 100% high speed, raw dog skateboarding will never go stale.

When we heard the Vincent 2 was about to drop we had to get our hands on a pair to test out. We let one of our favorite local rippers, Skyler Clark do the skating and trust us, if you like a solid vulcanized shoe with great feel, grip, and support look no further. The Vincent 2 won’t disappoint.

Warning: These won’t make you skate like Vincent but it’s a great place to start. Vincent 2 in-stock now!  Which color will you skate?

 

Lakai Vincent 2 in Black Suede Lakai Vincent 2 in High Rise Suede

Go Skateboarding Day 2014

 

As everyone knows, June 21st is National Go Skateboarding Day. We at Ambush wanted to make sure that this day gets the proper recognition it deserves. And, we wanted to give all skateboarders a day of enjoyment. So, the Ambush crew headed up to Kennesaw Skatepark. Video game booths, misting stations, pizza, and the RedBull MTX truck were just some of the things providing the entertainment that day. Prizes were given out for best tricks and random skateboard trivia questions that were answered. Well, I don’t wanna bore everyone with words, so here is a little montage that recapped the whole day! If you missed it this year well we look forward to seeing you next year!

 

 

 

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

 

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 Contest

Ambush Board Co. Mini RTiot Red Bull Atlanta Skateboarding

Ambush Mini Riot Presented by Red Bull

Free Mini Ramp Contest

Saturday, January 25th at Ambush Board Co.

$500 Cash Prize for 1st Place/$250 Cash Prize for 2nd Place courtesy of Red Bull

Two Divisions: Cruisers (for those figuring it out) and Shredders (those that have figured it out).

Registration Opens at 10:00 am. First Come; First Served. No Exceptions. Must be 15+ Years Old to Enter.
Sign up with a Red Bull representative on site at Ambush Board Co.

32 Skaters Max Per Division. Free T-Shirt for all Competitors.

Prelims and Semi-Finals have four skaters skating in two 30-second runs each. The best run moves on to the next round.
Judging based on style, trick difficulty, and air (if applicable).

Finals pits two skaters skating head to head for 10 minutes total.

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

 

 

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

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 .