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Daily Bread vs. Rhett Whatley

Rhett Whatley has been mixing music for years.

Before there was a social media marketing team here at Ambush there was the lone wolf of the web, Rhett Whatley, who handled it all himself.  Rhett graduated Kennesaw State University with a degree in Marketing while working at the shop (Ambush Board Co.) and our ecommerce companies (BuyWake.com/BuySkateShoes.com/BuySnow.com/CheapSk8Shoes.com).  He helped our business establish an online persona and we continue to carry forward that mantle today.  We are grateful for all the support and we promise to continue to support him and his music!

Daily Bread

In his humble beginnings of sampling and layering beats he was good…I remember thinking, “Dude this is your third track you’ve ever made?”  Fast forward and observing from a far, Rhett would lace me up with every mp3 he was making.  At one point, I looked in my iTunes library under the folder I made for him and there was over 100 songs equaling 5 hours worth of tracks.  Rhett has an extensive background in wakeboarding and competed on The Pro Wake Tour for a few years.  I can’t remember the year, but back in the day he won the PWT in Portland.  Immersed in wakeboarding his early music could be heard on such wake projects as “The Way” DVD.  It’s pretty solid to be a rider in a legit wake video, but to have also done the soundtrack is literally unheard of.

Peep the trailer for “The Way” DVD from 2008 and listen to some of his early mixes:

Now listen to his track for the 2015 Hyperlite Baseline product video with the legendary Shaun Murray:

Both tracks are solid, but you can hear the progression in the second video.  We can’t stress enough how stoked we are for Rhett and his passion for making people’s ear holes happy.  It is always the people who choose to chase their dreams that make us continue to chase ours.

Below are my top 3 tracks from Daily Bread that can only be found here:

1. We’re talking beat battle tracks like “Badger Killer” (crazy mix with a sample from The Andy Griffin Show)

 

2. This track “Celebrate” hits close to home as you can hear my daughter doing the intro in the song.  I watched him grow up, and I now find my children growing up listening to his music.  It’s surreal to say the least.

 

3. This untitled track is a complete expression of chill mode.

 

With time comes the ability to hone your craft and Rhett has done that in a big way.  Rhett went home every night after work and played music and made beats until the early hours in the morning for years straight.  The outcome is a series of heavy tracks that positioned him where he is today with his record label, Philos Records.  We hope to hear more from Daily Bread and we promise his SoundCloud is not just bookmarked, but played every day.

Below are the most played tracks here at Ambush Board Co. HQ and seriously some of his best work yet:

1. “Somehow Someday” legitimately went viral…we’re talking over 346,000 plays!

2. “Get Lifted” is the type of track that gives you that stank funk face right off the bat.  From the horns to the piano, you’re going to dig on this.

3. Outkast – Roses (Daily Bread Remix) is one of those feel-good tracks that brings back nothing but good memories…like picking up a fresh new Braves “A” hat from Stonecrest Mall.

Quick 8 Q&A with the man himself, Daily Bread aka Rhett Whatley.

DD: My man!  Congratulations on all the exposure and the positive vibes the music industry is putting out about you.  How are you handling the exposure right now?

DB: Thanks, D.  Right now we’re just making moves to keep the hype up with well-thought-out remixes and highly conceptual original releases.  I’m doing a ton of crate digging right now, putting together ideas for my next album release.  On top of practicing and perfecting the live show, I’m just meeting cool people and stacking inspiration.

DD: Being in an industry with lots of exposure is nothing new for you.  Photo shoots, travels, videos…is the music side similar?  Does it feel comfortable to you because of your past with wakeboarding?

DB: I guess my past has made certain things more comfortable, like traveling, but all in all it’s hard to say because the two are so different.  There are a lot of things I haven’t experienced yet on the music side of things.  Being part of the wakeboard industry young and being mentored by guys like Zane Schwenk, Andrew Adkison, and Jeff McKee.

DD: Who locally should we be following?  What local artist are you really vibing off of lately?

DB: There’s an MC from Atlanta working with RJD2 called STS.  Everyone from Atlanta should put their ears on their new track “Hold On Here It Go.”  He calls out some local landmarks in a fashion only an ATLien could do well.  Definitely peep The Difference Machine as well, these guys are like Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy wrapped into one, but not really because they’re on their own shit.  I’ve been vibing to Methuzulah and Jarren Benton a lot lately, too.

DD:  Your beats totally make all the 2015 Hyperlite videos better.  Have you pitched your music to any other wakeboarding companies other than Hyperlite?  Any plans in the future for doing more?

DB: It was very cool to see the Hyperlite guys riding and doing product edits to music I had made in my bedroom.  I’ve remained friends with Spencer of WIT Productions over the years and supply him with beat and scores when he needs them.  He did the Hyperlite videos this last year so, boom!  Shout out to Spence.

DD: Let’s get real.  I know you have a serious collection of vinyl.  How much bigger has it grown since the last time I saw you?  Any really good pick ups lately that you would like to share?

DB: Oooh, man.  When’s last time you came over?  Two or three years back!? (editor’s note: 11 months, HA!)  I’d say that my vinyl collection has tripled, maybe even quadrupled since then.  It’s gotten kind of bad.  Lately, to make room, I’ve been giving stuff away that I know I won’t listen to or use.  But, despite this it always seems like the collection is growing.  I have them all sorted out by their dominant instruments kind of like a sound library.
I got a hold of an white label promo copy of McDonald and Gile’s first and only release.  They were part of the original King Crimson line-up and did kind of a side album that absolutely crushed.  I’m obsessed with it, you gotta listen to the whole album like you would Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.  I found a very rare Eddie Bo 45 rpm lately.  I’d tell you what it is but then I’d have to kill you because I haven’t used it yet.

DD: Coming from doing social media in the board sports industry, who are some of the groups doing social media correctly in the music industry?

DB: The MadDecent crew kills it on social, they’ve done the best job building their brand and giving it all a cohesive feel.  Plus they’re fuckin’ hilarious.  Gravitas Records always holds it down well and so does the Superbest Records crew.

DD: Do you still follow wakeboarding in general?  Have you seen Mike Dowdy’s Heelside Backside 1080?  The game is getting crazy right now.

DB: Man, I feel bad admitting it but I haven’t seen Dowdy’s backside 10 yet.  That’s nuts. We couldn’t even do that on the trampoline back in the day.  Props to Dowdy and kids like him and Harley who are pushing boat riding.  I follow what Justin Lee and Cole are doing on the cable, but other than that I’m a bit distanced.  I still get out and take sets when I can though.  I have a Slingshot Shredtown and still go hard sometimes.  Shouts to Shammy and Phil for the pulls lately.

DD: The ultimate question – Will we see you on a wakeboard this summer?  Terminus Wake Park is around the corner and you know you have free sets for life behind our Nautique G21.

DB: Oh, man!  Can we do both in one day?  You know, old school on a Monday at 8am like we used to?  We’ll call up Brett and Brandon Lee, then turn 2015 into 2005 for one day.

Thanks, Rhett, for taking the time to rap with us!  It’s always good catching up with family.  Any shout outs you would like to give.

Big shouts to Philos Records; my manager and good friend Alvero; the homies Pete, Nick, Katelyn, Phil, Clyde and the whole rest of the East Atlanta team; thanks to Sweet Melissa Records in Marietta, GA for giving me unlimited access to their crates; Glenn & Meagan; also Kim for all the hoop-vid exposure; Chris & James for all the continued support; and my colleague Sean Hance for always being there to bounce ideas off of; can’t forget Ozzy…he just got his graduate degree and that’s crazy inspiring to me; EJ, too, I guess…and Mum. <3 u Mum.

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

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.

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 [re]aWAKEning

Ambush Board Co. has always pushed the realm of possibilities for wakeboard contests. We were the first in Georgia to host a legitimate wakeboard contest series (BYOB Wakeboard Contest Series), the first to host a wintertime wakeboard event (The Polar Bear Wakeboard Contest), the first to put on a wakesurf only tournament (Georgia Wakesurf Championships), and first to bring about a contest based entirely on riding doubles (Ambush Doubles Contest).

Then, we took a hiatus. No boat meant no contests. It was a slow and painful two summers. Now, thanks to Nautique, we are back and poised to bring you The [re]aWAKEning.

The wait is over. Register online to become a part of another historical Ambush wakeboard event. Space is limited so sign up now.

www.ambushboardco.com/reawakening

 

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