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Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot.

Looks are always deceiving and what sometimes looks insane isn’t and vice versa. Recently, I saw a new trick done on the famous bank to wall at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and it got me thinking…You don’t have worry about deceptive angles or anything at Garfield High because anything done on that wall or surrounding embankments is wild. I have never visited spot but it should be in Thrasher Magazine’s table book Insane Terrain if it isn’t.

Click around on Google street view for yourself…talk about a dream spot.

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Naturally there are a ton of options at Garfield and a ton of shit has gone down but here are some of my favorites that have gone down at the school. In no particular order.

Georgie Tsushima Wallie Bluntslide

If this trick doesn’t hit you like a sack of bricks then I don’t know what would. RIP, Georgie

All of Nolan Johnson’s tricks

Nolan looks like he just hopped a train and if I saw him out I’d imagine he would be better suited at busking for change rather than ripping, a true original. Hope to see more footage from him soon!

Judo

Drop

Backside Boneless

Erick Winkowski’s Invert

Erick Winkowski seems like he has been getting way more coverage recently than he ever did as a team rider for Welcome Skateboards. This invert at Garfield is a prime example of how gnarly this guy is. Also I recommend watching OJ Wheel’s recent tour video to Hawaii for more of Erick ripping.

Jordan Sanchez’s No Comply Boardslide

Jordan Sanchez has been killing it for forever and was one of our favorites on Boulevard. We couldn’t be more excited for his recent pro nod. Good looks, Welcome skateboards.

All of these clips get me hyped and hopefully someday I can do some skate tourism in Seattle, Washington and visit this #Insaneterrain . I leave this last tidbit  for all you music nerds out there, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield High before he dropped out Junior year.

 

 

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections.  Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music.  So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.

Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)

Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them.  From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate.  For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape.  I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life.  I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video.  Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers.  Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels.

So what about PJ Ladd’s WHL’s credits/outro make it so memorable?  Well, mainly it features a lot of shenanigans and still serves as the biggest glimpse into the PJ’s enigmatic life to date.  Top it all off with a splash of Britpop and a clip of someone focusing a complete skateboard at a mall shop and you have a real winner.  Thanks, PJ.  That little blue cassette will forever have a special home in our hearts and VCRs.

 

 

Plan B’s Virtual Reality (1993)

Admittedly, I am too young to have seen this video when it came out.  However, I was lucky enough to score all four of the original Plan B videos (Questionable, Virtual Reality, Second Hand Smoke and The Revolution) on VHS in the early ’00s.  Needless to say, I have spent countless hours carefully dissecting each and every original Plan B video to the point it may be considered unhealthy.  A lot of Virtual Reality is burned into my memory; the Blind section, Mike Caroll’s line at the Gold Rail in DC, but I think the credits may take the cake as my favorite ever.  The field recording of the homeless man playing “Here comes the sun” is so sick, I can’t write anything about it that would do it justice. Just watch it here:

 

 

Antisocial’s Self-Titled Video (2004)

During my more formative years, it seemed as though our neighbors to the North could do no wrong.  Canada was setting the benchmark high for skateboard culture.   This can be attributed to an output of amazing independent videos and vibrant skate scenes.  Side note: they even stealthily snuck in a SOTY award in there, too.  When examining early ’00s Canadian skateboarding, please don’t let Mark Appleyard’s accolades  overshadow what I believe is an incredibly important shop video.  Antisocial’s self-titled video, featured stellar parts from Keegan Sauder, Quinn Starr, and last but not least, a Rick McCrank part that features a couple really underrated switch flips.  This video’s music direction really is second to none and I applaud Antisocial for my introduction to the Pogues and Magnolia Electric Co.  Here is the credit section to their first video:

 

 

P.S.  We are really excited to see their new flick come spring ’16.

 

 

Matt Creasy and Ryan Dearth’s Rusty Trombone (’02-ish)

More than likely, if you aren’t from the Southeast you probably haven’t seen this video.  If you have, well, good on you because it’s a classic.  Featuring parts from the likes of Jeremiah Babb, Chris Head, Mike Devine, John Sheffield, Mike Summers, Graham Bickerstaff, and Phil Kent, this video was one of my first glimpses into the driving forces in Atlanta street skating.  I’ll never forget buying a copy of Rusty Trombone.  I was at a skatepark in Cumming, GA, called “Wicked Grind” when they got a box of copies and an employee  immediately put one into the shop’s VCR.  Needless to say, I was stoked and bought it then proceeded to watch it countless times.  It’ll always be a very important video to me because it made me realize that there are local skateboarders out there making videos and contributing to skateboarding.  I always got stoked on the credits because they probably introduced me to Bright Eyes with their track “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)” wrapping up the video.

This video inspired me to skate and film skateboarding with my friends.

 

 

Habitat’s Mosaic (2003)

I probably sound like a broken records but I’ll say it one last time…this video is a CLASSIC.  I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this video.  What isn’t to love?  You get aesthetically pleasing art direction plus great music, and let’s not forget about the video’s lineup; Tim O’Connor and Wenning, Fred Gall, Rob Pluhowski, Ed Selego, Kerry Getz, Heath Kirchart, Jason Dill, Pappalardo, Stefan Janoski, Danny Garcia, and our introduction to Danny Renaud (The Dirt) whose part is arguably one of the best from the ’00s.

The credits for Mosaic always stood out with it’s mix of 8 mm footage, VX footage, and still photography.  Also, it ends with The Dirt tying a little kid’s shoes, how’s that for heartwarming!  Kudos, Habitat.  That white VHS cassette is as good as gold to me.

 

 

Upon writing this, I’m realizing that almost all of these videos excluding Plan B’s Virtual Reality are from generally the same era.  I definitely attribute this to the time of my life when I was the most impressionable and at the time everything seemed incredibly fresh.  So a lot of nostalgia is generated when I look back on these segments.  Hopefully, skateboarding’s collective attention span isn’t too narrow these days to appreciate the credits!

Game of Skate #22

The rain has been torturous these past two weeks. It’s been impossible to skate throughout the entirety of ATL’s best skating season. The rain postponed Game of Skate 22 once. And, when the skies tried to shut down Game of Skate 22 for a second time, we said “nope”. Welcome to the first Game of Skate ever played inside the shop.

It was a little crazy trying to pack everyone into the shop. Much thanks to those that adapted to the circumstances with us. That’s what skateboarding is all about.

In the end, it was a battle. Here are the Division Winners:

Beginner Division:
1st Place: Andrew Bladwin
2nd Place: Gilberto Ortiz
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: John Summerour
2nd Place: Juan Alcantar
3rd Place: Daniel Garcia

Advance Division:
1st Place: Zeke Logan
2nd Place: Garrett Haschke
3rd Place: Wes Lembo

We are grateful to have such a supportive local community that is down to do whatever it takes to make skateboarding fun. The weather gave us lemons and you helped us make lemonade.

Very special thanks to Vans, Red Bull, and all of our sponsors. You made this event great.

Linked by Ink: The Ambush x Skinwerks Collab

Craig Foster

Craig Foster

Skateboarding, tattoos, and art have been culturally forged together through decades of avant garde contrarianism, a blunt questioning of societal norms, and a passion for personal expression. The relationship between skateboarding and tattoos can be seen everywhere from board graphics to the amount of ink on the archetypal skater’s body. As skateboarding, art, and tattoos weave in and out of each other’s existence they leave lasting impressions on one another. In Atlanta, none have done that more than Ambush Board Co., Craig Foster, Jules Woods, and Skinwerks Tattoo.

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Ambush Alumni: Ryan Dearth

Since opening our doors in 1997, we have been blessed with a revolving door of badass staff.  While some have stayed to push Ambush further in its evolution and to help cultivate the next group of young up-and-comers, others have gone out on their own and accomplished some pretty rad sh!t.   This is an ode to those who used Ambush as their career launch pad.  Whether you recognize them or not, their presence was highly valued during their time spent at Ambush…and we’re hyped that these guys are out there making moves and doing big things.

DVS Skateboarding Filmer

Ryan Dearth grew up skateboarding and filming his friends here in the Atlanta area.  He started working at Ambush in 1999, when the store was still located in the shopping center across the street from its current location, right next to Sidelines and whatever that laser tag joint was called at the time.  After his time at Ambush and years spent filming and submitting footage to 411VM and ON Video, Ryan left Georgia for sunny California.  Using some of the connections he made from working at the shop and sending in his footage, Dearth had gotten a job in the DVS warehouse and worked his way into an in-house filmer/editor position for DVS and Matix.

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5 Skate Trip Essentials

There are not many things in life more exciting than skate trips with your friends.  The thought of being free from normal life and hitting the open road is enough to get anyone’s juices flowing.  Choose your destination, load up the car, collect gas money, and BOOM you’re off to make memories that will last a lifetime.  After more than a decade of travelling the country with my friends, I have compiled a list of essentials for your skate trip, outside of the most obvious.

 

Road Trip

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Iconic Atlanta Video Parts

Atlanta Traffic

Atlanta

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…

 

Etnies Marana Vulc Full Review

Marana Vulc Wear Test

The first thing I noticed when I slipped my foot into the Marana Vulc is the fact that they run a little big.  I wear a size 9 (US) in most shoes, and this 9 is a tad bit big.  I’d probably be better off with an 8.5.  The heel hold is snug and there is a very prominent arch support.  From the heel heading towards the toe, the shoe opens up to be pretty wide leaving plenty of space for your toes to stretch out.  The collar and tongue are made of a breathable mesh providing some much needed airflow.  All in all, it is a pretty comfortable shoe.  This shoe is built to endure the harshest abuse you can give it.  Due to their tank like construction, the break-in process may take a bit longer than expected. The STI Evolution foam footbed provides good support for impact and everyday wear. The vulcanized version of this shoe is definitely more appealing aesthetically than its cupsole counterpart. The cupsole interpretation has a bigger logo on the side and kind of reminds me of some crappy Etnies mall shoe, but it’s vulcanized brother has a more subtle skateboarder-friendly vibe.

  • Rubberized toe cap for durability

  • inverted stitching around the side panel to prevent blow-outs

  • great arch support

  • highly ventilated tongue and collar for breath-ability

  • vulcanized sole

  • fits half size bigger

  • wide toe box

After Five Hours

The first flick in the Marana Vulc is a big reminder that vulcanized shoes have superior grip compared to cupsole shoes.  The sole is tall and the toe cap is rubberized, leaving very little room for ripping around the toe.  Due to the bulky sole and rubberized toe cap, the break in process was a little slow.  Once those kickflips become familiar again, everything comes together nicely.  Like most vulcanized shoes, the first hour or so can be frustrating. It would take many hours of flip ins and flip outs to put a hurting on this shoe. If you lean more towards heelflips rather than kickflips, you’ll run into some ripping issues sooner.  Your heels and arches are protected well, but my main area for concern is with the padding around the ball of your foot.  Having less support in this region provides added board feel, but at the cost of protecting the ball of your foot.

Shout out to Etnies for hookin’ up the shoes!

March Radness is Coming!

What’s up everyone? Ambush is proud to announce that it will be hosting the first contest at the new Kennesaw Skatepark called March Radness. No mushy flat ground game of skate. This is REAL street/pool style skateboarding for your eyes to see. This is your chance to show Ambush what you got and show the City of Kennesaw why it was such a good idea building this park. Don’t wanna compete? It’s free to watch and come hang out with the Ambush crew. There will be tons of talented locals putting on a awesome show!  Big thanks to all the sponsors that help contribute to making this contest happen!

Check out the trailer to see just a glimpse of the action that will be going down!

 

Contest Details

Registration is now open. Sign up in person at Ambush Board Co.

March Radness Skate Contest
March 15, 2014 at Kennesaw Skatepark
Check in at 10:00 am/Contest starts at 11:00 am
Two Divisions:
Street Contest and Pool Jam
$15 Entry Fee per Division (includes free contest tee shirt)
$250 Cash for 1st Place/Tons of Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place

Street Contest Info:
-64 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Jam session format for prelims and semifinals. Four skaters per jam. Jams are 4 minutes in length. Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Individual skate for finals. Each finalist will get two 1-minute runs (alternating between skaters).

Pool Jam Info:
-32 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Prelims and semifinals feature four skaters per jam. Each skater gets two 45-second runs (alternating between skaters). Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Finals pits top two skaters going head to head for 10 minutes (alternating between skaters).

 

 

 

 

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

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Tray Abad at the AMbush Mini Riot in Kennesaw GA Red Bull

STOKED.

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