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The Coalition Vol. 2: Ambush Riders and Friends

Wakeboarding on a whole new level!

Our good friend and team rider, Wesley Mark Jacobsen, not only filmed this, but is one of the handful of riders shredding Valdosta Wake Compound to pieces.  You are going to need to set aside 12 minutes of your day and watch this three times in a row!  Once it hit Alliance Wake the internet was briefly shut down, but thankfully it’s back up and running for your pleasure.  This is some heavy wakeboarding.  100%!

Riders: Quinn Silvernale (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), WMJ (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Terry Bailey, Blake Bishop (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Justin Lee (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Gaddy (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Mertes (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Cole Vanthof (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Wes Huber, Crosse Bearden, Cody Oxford, and Jefferson Mathis.

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Ambush Crew Wakesurf Review

A few of us decided to grab some of the industry leading surfers and give you a little inside look and share our thoughts.  Our main goal is obvious…we just want to ride behind our Nautique Boats G21 w/ NSS as much as humanly possible every week.  We loaded the boat full of boards from Hyperlite, Slingshot, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, and Inland Surfer.  We even have a little sneak peak with a 2016 Slingshot that you’re sure to love!

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2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi – Billy

Billy HiFi

This was my first time riding one of Hyperlite’s Dura-Shell construction boards.  The Dura-Shell construction really adds some needed durability to the surfer and also sheds a TON of weight off the board.A few things I noticed when picking up the board for the first time was the overall weight.  Sucker is LIGHT.  I also really liked that the board had a hard edge profile that ran tip to tail.  For a skim-style board, this is essential since this style of board is typically pretty loose on the water.  Finally, the fins.  This surfer does not come with a traditional surf (fish-shaped) fin, instead it comes with 3 – 0.8” P-Wings that provide just enough grip while allowing you to free up the board easily for spins and shuv’s.

After my set on the board, I had to really adjust to how loose it was.  I ran it with two of the 0.8” P-Wing fins in the outside positions.  Centered up on the board it had just enough edge-hold to carve around without any worries, but if you started to cheat your feet towards either side of the board to gain more edge hold the board did free up unexpectedly causing me to slip out several times.  Stay centered on the board and you’ll be able to cruise in the pocket, drift back, and set up for tricks very easily.  Next time, I will try it with one center fin in the back to see if I like it better.

Overall, the Hi-Fi wasn’t my favorite ride ever since I tend to like surf-style boards over skim-style.  But, if you’re into skim-style boards this one is going to be your jam!  Pick one up and give it a shot…the 2015 Hyperlite Hi-Fi won’t disappoint.

2015 Ronix Koal Powertail – Nick

Gaddy Head Down

The Ronix Koal Powertail was a good time after a bit of getting used too. At first, I kept slipping out on my toes at the top of the wave unexpectedly. It felt solid and stable at the bottom of the wave but as soon as I got to the top I would get sent to my face. Super weird, but it could’ve just been the fact that I haven’t ridden a different board in awhile. Other than that, I liked the big shape, it really added some stability and drive and with some time I think I’d really like it. I’ll give her another shot for sure!

 

2015 Liquid Force TC Custom Skim – Lee

Liquid Force TC Skim

The word “skim” usually denotes a board that is super loose on the surface of the water. Skim style wakesurfers are typically made for more advanced wakesurfers that want to be able to whip surface 360s, boost airs, and pop shuvits. And, although the Liquid Force TC Custom Skim is built for that, I was pleasantly surprised by how stable the board was. The board has a more locked in rail-to-rail feel that can be utilized when performing more surf style tricks. And, the board can easily be broken free when attempting skim style tricks. It’s a great all around board for both approaches.

I would recommend this board for riders that are looking for a more user-friendly skim style surfer or anyone that wants the best of both skim style and surf style worlds.

 

2015 Byerly Buzz / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Cole

Cole Cobra Cat

Slingshot- The Slingshot Cobra Cat XR is a very responsive board. The deep channels along the edge of the board make for very quick turns from edge to edge. The wider squash tail gives it a lot of speed when pumping the wave and also makes for easy releases when trying airs. This board is great for someone who is looking to take there surf style riding to the next level!  Byerly Buzz – The Byerly Buzz is by far the most easy riding surf style board out there. It’s shaped by the surfing legend himself, Scott Bouchard and you can tell cause it has those true surfy characteristics that you want in a board. The pin tail makes it very responsive when making quick turns and cuts at the wave. I rode with all 3 fins and it gave me plenty of drive to build speed but also was able to make the board release with ease. This board is a all around great surfer for anyone to ride.

 

2015 Byerly Hazzard – Eric

Eric Surf

For me…wakesurfing is about having fun and trying to capture the feel of riding a real surfboard on a real wave…and I get that when I’m on the Byerly Hazard.  In my estimation, Butch is one of two true shapers in wake (the other being Jimmy Redmon).  Butch’s serious ability as a shaper shows through in the Hazard.  It’s highly maneuverable, it stays in the pocket well, it’s fast when you want it to be, you can stall it when you need to, and the surfer never wants to dive or pearl like some of the others I’ve ridden.  The Hazard can be used in a variety of fin configurations.  I like riding it as a quad.

2015 Inland Surfer Blue Lake / 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR – Derek

Derek Slingshot Surfer

My dark horse is defiantly the Blue Lake by Inland Surfer.  Coming in at 8 pounds and 5’4″ it was the biggest and heaviest board in the group that we had and I thought no way this would be fun.  After a few carves in I really enjoyed how responsive it was.  I was able to throw it around and move towards and away from the boat with ease.  The Blue Lake’s size is ideal for beginners to advanced riders no doubt and would make for a great wakesurfer that anyone can ride if you had to choose just one for the boat.  My personal favorite and one you need to keep an eye out for is the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.   I was floored when it arrived just looking at it.  The details are overly impressive like the Carbon Innegra Rails, traditional surf-style nose, and my new personal favorite FCSII fins.  FCSII is designed for quick, easy and toolless fin customization which comes straight from the Surf Industry.   Slingshot basically sent me a surf board from the future and I couldn’t wait to surf it.   My first few rides I used the stock FCSII blue glassflex fins and I liked how the board performed.  I felt in control and really enjoyed the speed and how the board reacted.  The boys over at Alliance Wakesurf put me in contact with Matt Jones from Surf Hardware International and he sent me the new FCSII Neoglass fiberglass mold injected fins to try out with the board.

So what’s the difference you ask?  Tons of performance!  The fins are a little stiffer and shaped thinner in profile which really made the board light and lively under my feet.  If you want you can see the endless amount of options with FCSII fins…from injected to Carbon Fiber fins your options of riding feel are endless.  I’m defiantly going to be putting some hours into the 2016 Slingshot Cobra Cat XR.  This is one of those surfers that you can relax and ride or kickstart the accelerated rocker line and charge up and down the wave for a wicked expression session.  Keep an eye out for this wakesurf board soon!

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

Ronix “Five Gallons to Freedom” Recap

Yesterday brought with it blue skies, calm water, a high of 95F…and the entire 2013 Ronix Wake line. The Five Gallons to Freedom Tour made its way through Northwest Georgia and touched down at Holiday Harbor at Lake Allatona. Reed Hansen brought his A-game, Brett brought his first aid kit (thanks again for the tweezers), and the demo went down without a hitch. The popular boards of the day were the Von Vidal Schnook Nucore wakeboard, the William Intelligent wakeboard, and the Reed’s Boomstick Bi Level wakeskate. Huge thanks to Reed and Brett from Ronix and everyone who made it out. Be sure to check the Ambush Summer Calendar to get in on the next event.

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Reed Hansen doing a bit of calisthenics before his first set.

Click to see what Reed rides.

Reed didn’t fall on a single varial flip the entire day.

Lake Allatoona

A full load.

Loading up the Ambush Super Air Nautique 210 Byerly Edition

Loading up the Ambush Super Air Nautique 210 Byerly Edition

Gary Sargent dialing in the Boomstick Bi Level for the first time.

Gary Sargent dialing in the Boomstick Bi Level for the first time.

Stamp of approval.

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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.

 

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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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