Anticipation had been building up for two to three years with thoughts of what Emerica’s Made Chapter Two would bring. The excitement managed to keep a steady underlying role throughout the years, but broke through in the newest “The Skateboard Mag” issue with Andrew Reynolds on the cover. The issue contained bittersweet spoilers, but overall it provided stoke and insight to what we can expect from the follow up of the video series “Made” by Jon Miner.
Emerica Made Chapter Two Premiere at The Plaza Theater
The Skateboard Mag November 2016 Issue. Photo: Atiba
Shortly after reading the November ’16 issue, I found out that Ambush and Ruin would be premiering the video at The Plaza Theatre in downtown Atlanta. My buddy Andy and I could not have been more excited. As the days went by, more and more information about the video was slowly beginning to get leaked out, and surprises helped bring the stoke level to new heights.
Ryan and Ian. T-shirt Game Strong.
Skiggs and Dakota Getting Fuzzy
Emerica has made their mark in skateboarding by trying to show it in it’s simplest form. No crazy special effects, no pointless unrelated b-roll, and no ridiculous new age rap songs. Just skateboarding. They get straight to the point giving the viewer just what they want.
Tristyn Can’t Even
Emerica Made Chapter Two
Safe to say the video did not disappoint. Jon Dickson opened the video with a smoking “welcome to the team” part leading into a Reynolds and Herman shared part. Following were some of Emerica’s Euro crew, riders that I hadn’t ever hear of before, but I am so glad that I learned. There was a classic Jerry Hsu part, and a come back of all come back parts by Kevin “Spanky” Long. Brandon Westgate, Jeremy Leabres, and Leo Romero had a very creative shared part, and Justin “Figgy” Figueroa ended the video with a barrage of gnarliness. Figgy is definitely “SOTY” material. His commitment and fearlessness is true inspiration.
The video brought more than just bangers; it also had great variety. From Collin Provost’s hard charging transition influenced style, to Spanky surfing wild steep bank and wall tricks. Also, the soundtrack reminded me a lot of the original “Made”. There was never a point where you felt like it was monotonous. It was interesting to see how Miner has connected the dots. Will he choose to continue the saga or not? Either way, Made Chapter Two in Atlanta was a complete success. Skateboarders of all ages were influenced and inspired, and to me, that is what skate videos are all about.
The video will be available for download on iTunes on Oct. 4!
This past Saturday, September 13th, 2014, the Kennesaw Skatepark hosted its very first Street League event. Street League was kind enough to send out 4 of their top Pro’s, including Paul Rodriguez, Ishod Wair, Tom Asta and Chaz Ortiz, to come and put on a demo for the local crowd. Oh, and our boy Justin Brock was out there having fun too! Watching these guys on TV is one thing, but witnessing their talent in person is jaw-dropping. Big thanks to Street League, Cricket Wireless and the Kennesaw Skatepark for making this all happen! Check out some photos and our recap video filmed by Matt Mazza.
Josh Zentmeyer oozes charisma. From his dayjob to the skatepark, from the skatepark to the wakepark, Josh is always excelling at what he’s doing. It’s no wonder that his unfailing work ethic has morphed him into an incredible skateboarder and wakeskater. Josh brings a unique perspective to wakeskating and often pops his signature Andrew Reynolds-esqe frontside flips higher than most big-box pros can dream (proof at 2:32). We’re proud to see Josh flying the Ambush Board Co. flag and look forward to watching his bright future unfold.
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.
Etnies Marana Vulc
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
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.
For most of you, this man needs no introduction. Josh Butler recently linked up with local hardware brand Bender to bring us some crispy new footage. Watch Josh’s new part from Bender below, filmed by Matt Mazza.
For this installment of Good Times N Great Oldies we’re taking it to the brand new Kennesaw Skate Park. Check out the team as they break in the new park, and be sure to go check it out for yourself if you haven’t already.
Here at Ambush we know it can be tough sometimes to pull together the cash for a proper set up. With that in mind we decided it was time we came up with a deal to get you ripping on a pro model complete for under $100. Now you can come in and pick any pro model deck off the wall and any of our new and improved Ambush wheels out of the case. From there, we’ll set you up with some Krux Trucks and FKD bearings, and you’ll be rolling out with a complete perfect for beginners all the way up to seasoned vets of the concrete. So come on by, pick up a board and Skate With US.
For this installment of Good Times N Great Oldies, we all headed up to Cartersville to check out the brand new Insanity Skate Park. Jonah (owner of Hazard County skatepark and construction) invited us up to break in the park. We got there just as Jonah was putting the finishing touches to the park. It was pretty rad seeing the ramps, ledges and rails get the first marks laid down on them. Big thanks goes out to the crew at Insanity for having us, and Jonah for building another kick ass park. Check out how sick the park looks and all of the unique ways to use the walls in the video below.
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