March Miracle: Time to Ride!

You know that Snowboard trip you had planned out West back in December? The one that was canned because the snow was sh*t?! Well, now is the time to re-book your ticket… The March Miracle is here!

IT’S FIRING RIGHT NOW!!

It’s DUMPING

After a mild and dry winter, most of the major mountain resorts out West in the Rockies and on up into the Northwest parts of the US were hurting for travellers to come and ride. After a very welcomed “March Miracle”, some mountains have received over 50+ inches of fresh snow and there is more on the way!!

My buddy and I were able to squeak a trip out to Sun Valley, Idaho towards the end of February. Man, did we time it right!!

We were sweating bullets towards the beginning of February when the weather report had temps projected in the mid 40’s, low 50’s.  The furthest thing from an EPIC snow trip.  But, out of nowhere, a week before our trip dates a weather pattern swept in and blessed us with stellar conditions!! Read More >

The Brotherhood of Snowboarding

Being alone can be therapeutic. The silence of your self-imposed isolation can open up your mind and allow it to wander in ways that are unimaginable with the constant noise and interruptions of being among others. You are able to hear the sounds of your breathing and follow your thoughts as they crawl through your mind and into places you didn’t even know existed. When you’re alone, relaxation and revitalization come easy. Snowboarding in solitude can be strangely satisfying as well. With no one pressuring you to party the night before, waking up at dawn is painless. You make your way to the mountain at your own gradual pace, which is still somehow faster than the frenetic, rush-out-the-door pace when you are with a group of friends. You take the series of long, quiet lifts up to the peak. You hike across the ridge while the snow softly crunches under your feet. You’re living in your own private Thoreau novel as you strap on your bindings. Then, you drop in off the peak, gouge a huge turn, and immediately wish you were experiencing this with all of your closest friends. Read More >

Boards and Breweries

Peter Raffin, Skateboarding, Beer, Shotgunning
Peter Raffin knows it!

It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.”  Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this.  Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret.  It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments.  More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm.  Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created.  With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands.  What’s not to love?  Boards and Breweries. Read More >

Who Is Pat Moore?

  1. Pat Moore is the proprietor of Ass Industries, the manufacturer of Haul Ass Wax.  Haul Ass Wax won Snowboarder Magazine’s Golden Seal of Approval for the fastest all-temp wax.
  2. Pat is one of only a handful of snowboarders who can send it equally hard in the streets as he does in the park and the backcountry…and is easily one of the most complete all-around snowboarders in the game.
  3. Pat Moore’s favorite rider is Jamie Lynn.  Mine too.
  4. He’s from Holderness, NH, an agricultural and resort area and home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
  5. His first video part was in 2003’s Video Gangs alongside Jimi Tomer and Travis Kennedy.
  6. He has dedicated his entire career to filming video parts (no contests – unless, of course, it’s the X Games Real Snow video competition).
  7. He designed his own Volcom Snow outerwear and Electric goggles with the stated goal of looking damn fine while running the same gear all season long.
  8. Interestingly enough, Pat Moore doesn’t have a board sponsor.  He does get snowboards from Volcom though, even though Volcom doesn’t actually produce snowboards.  Pat’s “Volcom snowboards” are made by CAPiTA.  His boards aren’t available to the public, but we’re giving one away to a lucky winner.  Enter for your chance to win below.

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2017: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

2017 is nearly a wrap and for the first time in ages I feel that collectively we can all breathe a slight sigh of relief.  Why?  Well, we made it out of the dumpster fire that was 2017, guys.  While that is reason enough to tie one on and celebrate, let’s not get too excited.  Regrettably, 2018 is revving up to be just as turbulent.  Whether it’s the constant barrage of bad news or social media overload, it’s apparent that it is harder to focus now more than ever.  Like many, my mind has was cooked by 2017.  So that’s my excuse for why my very cliche year-end “best of” or “listicle” may be missing some very noteworthy things.  With that said, in no particular order, here are somethings that made some crumby days brighter in 2017. Read More >

Amazombie Apocalypse – The Clash Between Amazon and Action Sports

As Jeff Bezos scours the United States looking for a place to plop a second Amazon headquarters, I started thinking of how deeply addicted we as Americans are to Amazon. It started with the seduction of big discounts, intoxicating convenience, and the opportunity to buy anything capitalism has to offer under one domain. Now, Amazon has become the gatekeeper of all that is sold online and the place we as consumers go when we want to do the least amount of shopping and still get the best (at least, we think it’s the best) deal on the planet. I started looking inward as to whether or not Amazon’s outright dominance of all things ecommerce is a good thing for us in the long term. I mean, there’s a reason they call shoppers who buy exclusively on Amazon “Amazombies,” right? Read More >

Ambush Board Co. “Win the Kit” Winner Eric Britt

We recently ran a enter to win contest for a complete kit…we’re talking head to toe clothes and full skateboard set up.  Entries from all over the globe poured in for it and our random winner ended up being this guy Eric Britt from Philadelphia.  You never know who will when these contests when we do them and hands down the right person won this contest!  Eric’s instagram is filled with some smooth skating and he is easily a good follow so get on that.  Congrats again for winning and keep pushing big dawg!

Peep a few of these!

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Size Matters – Sizing Your Snowboard Right

 

“Hold the board up to your face. If the board lies between your nose and chin, it’s the right size for you.”

How many times have you heard that in your life? I think some guy at a random rental shop back in 1995 just made that up and it stuck. No matter how that rumor became the standard in snowboard sizing, it’s important that we push passed the lazy anecdotes and get the right size snowboard for your ride. Simply ask yourself two easy questions and you’ll be on your way to snowboard bliss:

How much do you weigh?
The most important piece of information needed to correctly size a snowboard is your weight. Snowboards react to the amount of pressure put on them. The heavier you are, the more pressure the board is put under. The lighter you are, the opposite is true. The goal is to create a balance to where you put enough load on the board so that it grips the snow and reacts to your movements without flattening it out and making the board ride sluggishly. Read More >

Wakeboarding Hall of Fame – Chuck Morrow

    CHUCK MORROW

12/12/1964 – 09/01/2017

Wakeboarding had existed for a few years before Chuck Morrow founded Ambush Board Co. and Buywake.com, but it was still a small, burgeoning industry.  The products were being improved at a rapid clip with major innovations taking place in design, function, and construction for both boards and bindings.  But, how wakeboards were being sold at retail was stuck in the dark ages.

Boat dealerships were the primary source of distribution for wakeboards until Chuck established Ambush Board Co. (https://www.ambushboardco.com) in the summer of 1997.  Most boat dealers would relegate an unused corner of the sales floor to a few of mid-grade wakeboards and call it a “pro shop.”  Enthusiasm for wakeboarding was rising, but the dealers at the time were more focused on selling boats than boards, and their knowledge of the products and of the sport itself were minimal at best.  If wakeboarding were going to grow, it needed a focused, passionate advocate at the retail level. Read More >