About D. Davis

Derek is the Creative Director and Wake Team Manager for BuyWake.com and AmbushBoardCo.com

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OuterSpace Project Mission 4 – Video Recap

We had such a great time at the 2018 OuterSpace Project and block party! Really cool to see the recap video that just dropped. We hope to see you all again at Mission 5!

OSP Mission 4 landed safely in ATL, Sept. ‘18. Catch the full mission report video feat. larger-than-life artwork and performances from artists across the planet. 

Featured Muralists: Michael ReederHola LouInsane 51It’s a livingTeddy KellyEnjoy DenialJoram RoukesArlin GraffNick Napoletano, Adam Fu, Thomas Turner, Brandon Sadler , Niki Zarrabi, Erin Nicole Henry, ILL.DESSanithna Phansavanh , DR. DAX

Big Bang Musical Talent: SpaffordLee Fields & The ExpressionsWick-it the InstigatorHedonistasPrisca

Big Bang Live Artists: Enjoy Denial, Jeks, All City MuralsBIG TEEFFChris VealMichael MauldinNick BensonCatlantaChris Makes ArtPhil Harris

Secret Walls Artists: Amy AshbaughAshton Anderson, Quake Solo, Liz Webb, Brooke Powell, FRKO , Amanda Todd IllustrationJesse Jaeger

Project Produced by ABV Agency + Zero Mile Presents

Video by Evolved Cinema

Supported by: HeinekenGeorgia AquariumLocal Toyota DealersThe Home DepotMontana Cans (official)Bulleit, RedBull, OUTFRONT Media USA, Prints on WoodTicketflyUnited RentalsSecret WallsStreetArtMap.orgGusto!Ambush Board Co. Read More >

Independent Trucks | Best of 2018 | DVD Collection

This is MENTAL. Indy just dropped 78 minutes of footage. Ride The Best 👊 .

Wes Kremer, Leo Romero, Lizzie Armanto, CJ Collins, Erick Winkowski, Tiago Lemos, Kader Sylla, Ray Barber, the list goes on… 2018 was a heavy year for the Independent Trucks team. From Detroit to Australia, follow Milton Martinez, Pedro Delfino, Tristan Funkhouser, Kevin Baekkel, Blake Carpenter, Ryan Townely, Lacey Baker, Nicole Hause, Brighton Zeuner, Tristan Rennie, Cole Wilson, Wilson Kimbel, Lance Mountain, Peter Hewitt, Taylor Kirby, Ben Raybourn and more on their 2018 skateboarding journey. Here’s the best of the best in 2018 from Independent Trucks. Enjoy! Filmed and edited by TJ Gaskill, Dan Stolling, Cody Long, Joe Perrin, Tylre Wilcox, Gavin Denike, DAF Noah, Peacock, Rhino and more!
Tiago Lemos Indy Part 0:002:16
Tristan Rennie RAW Ams 2:175:39
Ray Barbee Indy Collection 5:4010:09
Erick Winkowski Indy Part 10:1013:54
Mud Sweatin Beers 13:5521:22
Pedal To The Metal 21:2344:30
Gotta Pray To Play 44:3153:38
Kader Sylla My Indy’s 53:3955:08
CJ Collins RAW Ams 55:0958:35
The Kids Are Alright 58:361:00:47
Please Don’t Grab My Boob 1:00:481:09:08
No Meat Pies, No Glory 1:09:091:18:39 Read More >

Ambush Skateboarding x Cole Vanthof “Good Ol’ Boys” Video

We are stoked that Cole Vanthof‘s project “Good Ol’ Boys” has come to light and even better the the crew at Thrasher put it up on their site for all to see.  This project was shelved for a time while Cole’s focus was pulled elsewhere,  but we’re glad it came out and the final product is a visual pleasure of some of the best skateboarding in Georgia.

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Daily Bread x RJD2 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta

Daily Bread x RJD2 October 6th, 2018

RJD2 with Daily Bread x Obeah

This past Saturday a few of us headed to see our good friend and dope as hell music monster Rhett Whatley (aka Daily Bread) open up for none other than RJD2 at The Variety Playhouse.  Talking with Rhett leading up to the show he told us he would dial in some all-access passes if we came out for a damn good time.  So you best believe we did.

Myself, John (ABC Buyer) and the other Jon (OG ABC) headed out to arrive for soundcheck around 6:30 or so and seeing Rhett’s name on the marquee upon arrival was dope as hell.  I mean…RJD2 and Daily Bread?  Variety has gone under some renovation in recent years…and it’s much more open of a venue now and the front bar is open on all sides.  We walked down to the stage and see Rhett and we take the tour backstage to the green room and proceed to catch up like old times.  It’s soundcheck time by now and we post up in the empty theater and listen to RJD2 iron out some tunes and then Rhett and Obeah.  WE. ARE. STOKED. at this point.

Rhett and RJ sound testing

Before I get ahead of myself I must admit that my trusty old Nikon D3 w/ 50 mm was my weapon of choice for the night.  I’ve shot hundreds of shows over the past 15+ years with it…and after a bit I noticed my autofocus was shot.  Like…maybe the camera got dropped a few weeks ago, but…anyway…I did the best with what I had.  Just like going into battle – use your weapon to the best of your ability.

With showtime quickly approaching and bodies piling in, the vibe was instantly set when Rhett dropped his new joint “Atlanta” featuring Sugar Tongue Slim.

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A Night In Atlanta w @stsisgold. Meet us there tomorrow for the debut transmission. 📡

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Electric.  Vibes were now at an all-time high.  John and Jon were posted up at the back bar with a bird’s-eye view and arguably where the best sound was (sound guy was just under them) and I was floating through the crowd, backstage, side stage…where ever really.   I wanted to just capture the evening as best I could.  I was really overjoyed/overwhelmed for Rhett and all that he has been doing up to this point.   I definitely think his Red Rocks Show with Pretty Lights was a record high, but for me being a big RJD2 fan, this was my highlight for him and almost any show I’ve ever been to.

Daily Bread x Obeah absolutely crushed it.  They had so many killer moments in their relatively short 45-minute set.  Obeah is a knockout on the mic and on the turntables, and Sugar Tongue Slim killed it.

So my RJD2 story is a pretty quick one from that night.  After the homies played there was a 10-15 minute interlude were we all caught up and congratulated him on this show and then I quickly went backstage, as I wanted to see RJD2 get ready to do the damn thing.   As I was standing where the artists walk up the stage this crazy ass creature comes running up the stairs and it freaked me the hell out.  I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough.
RJD2 scared the shit out of me
I snapped this blurry image at the same time the creature says to me, “You ready to fucking do this!”  Just me and RJ (we’re obviously boys now).  He creeps up the stairs just behind the curtain and yells back at me, “Tell them I ready now.  It’s fucking showtime!”  Like a more handsome version of CJ Parker running down the beach I sprinted to the sound guy and yelled, “HE IS READY!”  Hauled ass to backstage and proceed to watch a master at his craft for a few jams then met back up with the crew to watch the show.

It was one for the books.  We, of course, went out and bar hopped and talked about the show all night over several beverages, met new friends, and spread the gospel of Daily Bread, just some kid I gave a record player to 10 years ago.  Who could have known…

Make sure you follow Daily Bread and all the Philos Record crew for future dates.  We’ll see you at a show soon.

A Photo Gallery of the Night:

Win the Entire Girl Skateboards x Sub Pop Collection at AmbushBoardCo.com

Girl x Sub Pop Collection

Choosing a song to accompany a video part can be a lot like pairing a wine with a dish.  The right song can augment feelings evoked from watching someone perform the perfect trick, at the right spot, with just the right filming.  The wrong song and the viewer may pull the plug immediately.  This is fact.  While wine pairing can be broken down to a science, skateboarders’ tastes seem to be way more subjective.  There are absolutely no rules.  A hesh transition skateboarder can skate to hip-hop and it may work well, and a tech guy can skate to a Black Sabbath track and it might work even better.  Music is such an integral part of skateboarding and video parts.  Many of us are exposed to new music predominantly through skate videos.  It’s become incumbent on video directors to dig deep to keep their soundtracks interesting and tidy.  That’s why the Girl x Sup Pop capsule just works.

We’re heavily intrigued by the Girl Skateboards x Sub Pop collaboration.  This collaboration not only celebrates Sub Pop’s 30th anniversary, but also pays homage to the crate diggers of the world, which is something that all skateboarders can relate to.  Crate diggers and skateboarders alike are all searching for that next hidden gem.  Kudos to both Girl Skateboards and Sub Pop records for exposing us to so much music throughout the years.  Our ears and lives have both been greatly enriched.

We’re giving away all five Girl x Sub Pop decks drawn by Sub Pop’s art director, a celebrated illustrator and skateboarder, Sasha Barr.  Included are 7″ flexi discs featuring single tracks on each side, combining for a total of 10 songs from emerging and celebrated Sub Pop artists.  And as an added bonus, we’re even throwing in the milk crate.

 

 

Listen to the Girl x Sub Pop playlist on Spotify

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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all the way up @ falls park today🏂 @angelo_diegidio @pj_radd @dannyglatz #phathouse

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some old clips

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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.

Chuck founded Ambush Board Co. on the idea that all action sports were kindred and should be celebrated and marketed together.  He brought wakeboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing together harmoniously under one roof.  Chuck added products from the subcultural elements of action sports, including Punk Rock CDs, band merchandise, and indie collectables, and made them staples in his store.  Most importantly, Chuck single-handedly rebranded wakeboarding and how it was viewed by potential new participants.  Chuck separated wakeboarding from waterskiing and boating and aligned it with skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing.  To Chuck, wakeboarding was an “extreme” sport that deserved the respect of the action sports community, and the community took notice.  This ushered in a new era of legitimacy and respect for wakeboarding and helped the sport reach its new potential.

Chuck thrived on change and made it his personal mission to buck the status quo.  He energetically looked for ways to improve on ordinary ideas and transform them into groundbreaking retail concepts.  The Internet gave Chuck the vehicle to again alter the course of wakeboard retail when he launched BuyWake.com (https://www.buywake.com) in 2001, when online retail was still very much in its infancy.  At the time, retailers were cautious to enter the online realm.  Most websites were rudimentary virtual brochures and wakeboards were either being sold in brick and mortar stores or through mail order catalogs aimed at recreational boaters.  BuyWake.com came to market with a fresh new way to buy wakeboards and brought with it a whole new attitude.  The introduction of BuyWake.com and its “No Skis, No Tubes, No Bulls#!t” maxim solidified itself as a thought leader and tastemaker while simultaneously casting everyone else as kooks.  BuyWake.com also blew the international market wide open by making it easy for riders purchase wakeboards overseas, thus creating a worldwide wakeboarding boom.

As the Internet evolved into a perfectly connected collection of individuals, ideas, and resources, Chuck sought to disrupt wakeboarding again, this time through simplification.  To Chuck, the customary way of selling wakeboards online was becoming inefficient, slow, and costly in a rapidly progressing digital retail landscape.  To combat his concerns and better serve his customers, Chuck developed what he called i2, an organized network of data feeds that bring wakeboards and riders closer together than ever before.  Chuck’s vision was to lithely adapt to how, when, and where wakeboarders wanted to buy, and make sure their wants and needs were met with ultimate speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Chuck Morrow will be remembered for his radical approach to retail, unwavering beliefs, commitment to his principles, and his often brutal honesty with everyone around him.  He strived to do his best and expected the same out of others.  He compelled the industry around him to question conventional wisdom and demand more out of themselves and their respective brands.  Chuck forever changed the way wakeboards were sold at retail three times in twenty years, while bringing Ambush Board Co. and BuyWake.com to the pinnacle of the wakeboarding industry.  Chuck Morrow will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him, and wakeboarding will be forever grateful for his contributions.

Thank you Wakeboarding Hall of Fame for honoring our sports greatest athletes and the platform to tell Chuck’s story.

Ambush Board Co. Family

Emerica Wino G6 Skate Shoe Video with Dakota Plumley

It’s not too often we see a new design or revamped skate shoe that gets us truly excited.  Emerica holds skateboarding at its core and they have arguably produced some of the most classic skate shoes to date.  Well it looks like they have gone and done it again with the new Wino G6 model.  The Wino has been updated with the G6 impact resistant polyurethane insole and features a double wrapped vulcanized sole, a single piece toe cap, padded tuff collar, and signature triangle tread. A real winner!

Watch Dakota Skate in the New Emerica Wino G6

Take your pick from three different colorways of the Wino G6 from Emerica here.

Emerica Wino G6