Without fail, every year “Go Skateboarding Day” sneaks up on us. Could you blame us? It always seems as though the day just passed. Why shouldn’t we get deja vu since we consider every day “Go Skateboarding Day.” Truthfully, nothing outside the ordinary happens on June, 21st. Sure, there are a few special events, some sanctioned by the governing board of the International Association of Skateboard Companies, and other events that aren’t trademarked. Regardless, to me the day always tends to feel about the same wherever it’s observed. That’s because, at its core, “Go Skateboarding Day” is just another day revolving around kicking it with friends both new and old and celebrating the ever continuous joy of riding a useless wooden toy. The spirit of the day is truly infectious. Although, with all due respect, if the freestyler brainiacs that make up the IASC (in all their infinite wisdom) could pick a shorter day next time around, maybe, my sunburn won’t be so bad.
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.
Red Bull Skateboarding and their world-renowned band of concrete killers rode through town on Saturday and delivered an epic day of skating and super good times. Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Joey Brezinski, Zion Wright, Jagger Eaton, Alex Midler, CJ Collins, and of course, SOTYJamie Foy destroyed Kennesaw Skatepark in front of hundreds of devoted skate junkies.
After the demo, the Red Bull team opened up the park to a locals best trick contest. Pudwill, Zion, and Foy handed out decks, tees, and Ambush gift cards for the heavier bangers of the session.
The notably down-to-earth crew spent most of the day among fans signing autographs and taking pics. If you wanted to meet your heroes, the Red Bull Drop-In event was the place to be.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots
Rarely do I remember the exact moment I watched a skate video for the first time. That is unless I attended the video premiere, or the video made some sort of immediate impression on me. The impression doesn’t necessarily have to be good either, it can be bad too. With that, I do distinctly remember the first time I watched Ambush’s first skate video, Bloody Chicken Boots, and it wasn’t because the video was particularly spectacular.
I remember rolling up to the shop with some friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sometime in 2001. This was Ambush’s old location, the one with the infamous three stair. Anyway, I was posted up on the couch, which sat across from on of those antiquated big screen televisions. You know the type…the old projection ones that have the VCR’s timecode burned into the screen. Admittedly, I was a little hungover from the prior night’s endeavors. Still, I had no idea a skate video contained the power to augment my hangover. Was it was the filming or the odd techno songs that caused my stomach to churn. Who knows? What I do know is that my first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots was nauseating. This made the viewing permanently burned into my brain, just like the timecode burned into the big screen it played on.