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. Read More >
Skateboarding has had a long and lusty love affair with art. If you want to get hippy with it, skateboarding can be construed as analogous to a type of performance art where the skateboarder is the artist, the skateboard is the tool, and the streets are the canvas. All abstract mumbo jumbo aside, skateboarding and art just go together. We celebrate board graphics, have a deep respect for filmers and photographers, and basically can’t function without music. And, many skateboarders are accomplished artists, filmmakers, musicians, graphics designers, illustrators, chefs, and more. Skateboarding and art are so closely aligned culturally that they have essentially morphed into two distinct subcultures of a larger, broader lifestyle. The OuterSpace Project is Greg Mike‘s full embodiment of this concept. Read More >
Another June 21st has come and gone. For skateboarders everywhere this means one thing: Go Skate Day! We at Ambush celebrated the day by heading over to Swift-Cantrell Park and hosting an epic event.
The weather looked skeptical, but nonetheless the turnout was large. Every skateboarder has their group of friends and Go Skate Day brought out all the locals. We kicked off the event with some music courtesy of the old school L.A. punk band: The Cheifs. This brought the hype. The Cheifs jammed while the skaters ripped the park.
Following the jam/skate session was the 12 and under best trick contest on the kicker. For not even being teenagers yet, these kids killed it! Kickflips, switch 180s, front shuvs, and nollie back 180s were standard for their bag of tricks. Wes Lembo served as hype man on the mic and kept the kids amped. When time ran out, a tre flip off the kicker took the win along with a brand new Ambush deck and $50 gift card.
After the 12 and under contest was complete it was time to get the open division best trick rolling. The kicker flat 3/double set/handrail were the obstacles to be judged here and the skaters did not disappoint. Brendon Lagna started it off with a front board shuv on the bump to rail. This sparked the session and soon everyone wanted a piece of the action. A switch frontside flip, front 360, full cab, and hardflip over the rail were just a few off the bangers that were landed amongst the chaos. Dakota Plumley hopped in the mix and front blunted the double set rail with no warm up. Just as we were about to call it, Brendon back lip shuvved the double set rail out of nowhere. It was clear he was the winner, so we hooked him up with a fresh Ambush board and $100 gift card.
The rain fell just after the open best trick, but it didn’t matter everyone was stoked! We headed over to the Ben Robertson Community Center to premier the 24-Hour Video Challenge edits and reflect on yet another great Go Skate Day! For more information on the Video Challenge and Go Skate Day contest click here.
Nothing ever goes as planned. We hoped to premiere the Ambush Video Challenge edits at Kennesaw Skatepark as part of our Go Skateboarding Day festivities, but the weatherman had other ideas.
The City of Kennesaw was kind enough to bail us out and offer up the Ben Robertson Community Center as a venue. We quickly called an audible and moved everything there. After a few frustrating AV issues, the Video Challenge was on.
The videos were incredible. The creativity, the spots, and the editing were phenomenal. But, what stood out the most, was the insane amount of footage each team stacked in 24 hours. Mind blown.
Each montage was so good we couldn’t narrow it down to the planned five finalists. Seven teams made the finals each with their own vibe. Crust First took the path of most resistance and centered their edit around chunky, East-coast style spots, while Burnt had a polished, professional feel focused on absurdly talented skating. Pretty SB, Boi Boi Tour, and Loyal brought the whole skateboard lifestyle element into focus while Lowkii and Varolina simply brought the hammers. In the end, Lowkii took the crown as Video Challenge champions.
Much thanks to all who participated in the Ambush Video Challenge. You are pushing skateboarding to the next level. You are giving us all a glimpse into skateboarding’s future. And, you are what makes skateboarding go around. We have nothing but respect for you.
Following up on their latest video, the Creature team launched a full-scale tour throughout the US. On Wednesday, June 7th, we at Ambush hosted the team at Swift-Cantrell Skatepark. The roster included some heavy hitters with names such as David Gravette, Truman Hooker, Willis Kimbel, Kevin Baekkel, and Chris “The Muscle” Russell. The team piled out of the van and the day was underway.
To keep things light, the team opted for a jam style skate session, giving the locals a chance to skate with their favorite pros and not miss out on the session. Not lacking in all-terrain ability, this team has something for everyone. Kevin Baekkel ripped the street course, hitting all the rails with ease. Chris and Truman effortlessly flowed the bowl.
After an hour of skating, it was time to give away some product. Skateboarding has its fair share of characters and David Gravette is one of them. Although injured, he kept the kids hyped. Gravette was calling out tricks for free boards and organizing races across the park, all while sporting a mullet wig and trucker hat.
After the last box of product was given away the team sat down to sign some goodies and talk to the fans. Special thanks to the Creature Team for supporting Ambush and Kennesaw! Check the pics and vid:
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela.
Bartow Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Kids don’t get to choose the world in which they are born into. But, if they are unlucky enough to be brought up in a bad situation, Bartow Advocates for Children are there to help. So, when they have their major fundraising gala each year, we at Ambush jump at the opportunity to make a donation.
This year we contributed a day on Lake Allatoona on the Ambush Nautique GS-22 for four kids. The day included product demos, lunch, instruction, a goodie bag, and a video to commemorate the outing. The experience was offered during a silent auction with Leah Phillips of Cartersville, GA donating the winning bid. Leah assembled a crew of passionate, young wakeboarders to partake in the experience and an incredibly fun time was had by all.
Special thanks to Leah Phillips, Amy Morgan, Jill Barron, and Deena Stewart for all you do for the children of Bartow county. And, thanks to Ike, Outler, Whitley and Ty for being great humans and fun to ride with. You are the future.
March is made for Cinderella stories. Every tournament needs an underdog that comes out of nowhere, surpasses expectations, and makes history with an unlikely victory. We’re not talking about March Madness, we are talking about March Radness.
This year’s Cinderella was our very own Wes Lembo. March Radness was stacked with elite skateboarders from all over the southeast like Jason Salillas, Alec Spinosi, and Jake Wooten as well as local rippers Niko Howard, Troy Cobucci, Nick Hagley, Gage Gum, Tommy Stephan and many more. All pushed their skateboarding to the limits and left it all out there on the skatepark (a few left even more in the parking lot). The Street Division was an epic battle, but the universe was on Wes’ side.
Wes let his skateboarding come to him. He didn’t force anything. He didn’t tense up. He lived in the moment and allowed his tricks to happen. His trick selection, style, and poise paid off as he walked away with the victory and $500 cash courtesy of Adidas skateboarding.
The Bowl Division saw a mind-melting clash of styles, but there would be no Cinderella here. The finals where all chalk. Jake Wooten, Greyson Beal, and Oregon transplant, Pat Donivan destroyed the bowl. In the end, Jake outperformed the competition and took home the $500 cash.
1st Place: Wes Lembo
2nd Place: Jason Salillas
3rd Place: Gage Gum
4th Place: Pat Donivan
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Pat Donivan
3rd Place: Greyson Beal
4th Place: Jordan Plott
After twenty-three renditions of the same contest, it’s easy to think that things can become a little stale. It’s hard to be inspired when the same group of skaters compete in the contest and the same select few seem to always win. And, although that might have been true in past Games of Skate, GOS #23 was anything but typical.
What jumped out most was how much the girls killed it. The ladies’ progression, style, and skill earned the respect of the guys. The girls were viewed and competed against as equals. Three won at least one game and advanced on to the next round. And, Miana Fishman turned heads by earning second place in the Beginner Division.
All the fresh faces in this years’ contest proved that skateboarding is an ever evolving culture with young guns always pushing it and trying to come up. Outside of skateboarding standard bearer, Niko Howard, the rest of the top spots in each division were won by new names with a different interpretation of how flat ground skating should be done.
As much as Game of Skate #23 was different from past contests, what remained the same was the unbelievable level of camaraderie in our local skate scene. Every one was cheering each other on, getting hyped on each others’ tricks, motivating one another to skate their best. After all these years, Game of Skate is still one of the best grassroots contests around.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For a few years now, you may have noticed that from time to time we share or post content related to a contest series known as the Collegiate Skate Tour. The series is an outlet for it’s creator, Keegan Guizard, to share his passion for skateboarding, higher education, and travel. Now in it’s fourth year, the Tour is better than ever, and Keegan is continuing to expand it through hard work and determination. So I thought it’d be rad to catch up with Keegan to discuss it. Enjoy.
Let’s start with the basics; name, age, how long have you been skateboarding? Got any footage?
Keegan Guizard, 26. Been skating for 18 years this winter. I don’t really have any footage compiled. Just tricks in video promos and “friends” sections here & there.. And Instagram clips floating around.
8.25″ Element Maders Apse deck. Independent classic 149s, Bones STF 54mm, Bones Reds, Diamond Grip and Hardware
How did you get into skateboarding?
In early elementary school, I thought it was really cool. My friend’s older brother had a board in their garage, and I used to ride it in their driveway. I liked it more and more every time. My dad got me my first board for getting honor roll in the third grade.
What college did you go to in North Carolina? When did you graduate? Read More >