Independent Trucks | Best of 2018 | DVD Collection

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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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The Big Bang | 2018 OuterSpace Project | Ambush + Friends

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 >

Jumping Off a Bridge: Skateboarding’s On-Trend Viral Challenges

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”  This sentiment pops into my head every time I see a new viral challenge.  Whether it’s covering your eyes while flipping your skateboard in hand, skating in freeway traffic, or the ghost ride challenge, there is always some new craze to amuse us.

board flip challenge
On-trend victim, Clint Walker takes on the board flip challenge.

 

Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding.  Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge.  People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff.  It’s like the apps were designed just for it.

Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration.  Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it.  We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist! Read More >

Go Skateboarding Day 2018

Go Skateboarding Day 2018
Photo: Levi Dills

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.

This year after weighing our options, we decided to keep it simple.  “Don’t overthink it, let’s pack up the van with boards, water, Gatorade, and hit the road,” I said.   “It’ll be sick because we’ll grab doughnuts and pizza too!  Everyone’s hungry, right?”  However, as our impromptu “Go Skateboarding Day” progressed, pizza seemed far from mind and, in retrospect, maybe the missing puzzle piece was the missing pizza slice?  Next year, I swear we’ll make pizza a mandatory.  That…and maybe beer.  Like you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed too. Read More >

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

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.

street league, saint archers, paul rodriguez, nine club
Saint Archer’s Money.

Creature Comforts’ “Tropcalia” and Blvd Skateboards

For a couple years now beer aficionados living in the Southeastern United States have raved about Creature Comforts’ Tropicalia IPA for its balanced, fruit-forward, hoppy flavor.  Often times, this IPA can be hard to find in the wild, and the same goes for a BLVD skateboard deck.  The beer gets it’s name “Tropicalia” from the Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s.  Much like Creature Comforts’ affinity for a smooth, aromatic, citrusy IPA, BLVD shares an equivalent palette for skateboarding.  Look no further than their team’s pro roster for a heavy, stylish, and super smooth Brazilian style.  With guys like Rodrigo Petersen, Danny Cerezini, Carlos Iqui, and Tiago Lemos skateboarding for BLVD, it’s easy to see why I would pair the brand with this stellar IPA.

Monday Night Brewing’s “Dr. Robot” and Sour Solution Skateboards

Hailing from Atlanta, Monday Night Brewing has continued they’re expansion over the past several years, quickly becoming the brewery of choice for me.  Their year-round offerings consist of anything from a killer scotch ale aptly named Drafty Kilt to a Belgian-style wit named Fu Manbrew.  Monday Night’s lineup not only boasts humor, but depth.  Just don’t let Monday Night’s variety be mistaken for a weakness.  They didn’t spread themselves too thinly, and in my opinion, any of their beers would be another breweries breadwinner.  The same can be said for the eclectic Euro brand Sour Solution, which has an as extensive team that excels at whatever terrain lays ahead.  All-terrain riders like Barney Page and Oscar Candon both kill it in the streets and park, while Gustav Tonneson and Albert Nyberg’s approach may make you question their planetary origin.  For example, take Free Skateboard Magazine’s latest cover:

Barring, maybe, Rodney Mullen, who would have thought to Casper slide a wall?  NO ONE.  Furthermore, who would have thought a Casper could look so cool?  Well, again, NO ONE.  I have been proven wrong by Albert’s feat.  So, when it came time for me to pair Sour Solution with a brew from Monday Night, I decided to pick one I thought Monday Night would fail with.  That beer would be the new blackberry lemon sour Dr. Robot.  As apprehensive about it as I was, I’ll happily admit, for a sour, it’s great!  Kind of like Albert Nyberg’s Free Skateboard Magazine cover.  So a sour brew for Sour Solution.

Reformation Brewery’s “Stark” and Isle Skateboards

I’m often stuck in what I’ll coin as “beer Groundhog Day” where I’ll continuously drink the same two or three types or styles of beer ad nauseam.  Truthfully my go-to beers are normally pale ales, IPAs, and maybe a pilsner or two.  What beer always breaks this cycle?  If you guessed a strong porter, then you guessed right!  Just down the highway in Woodstock, GA, is Reformation Brewery and their Stark porter is a thing of beauty.  This beer is dark and full of robust character that hints of toasted malts and chocolate.  Since porters first were developed in London in the 18th century, what better brand to pair this porter with than with London’s very own Isle Skateboards.  Isle’s visual offerings tend to be dreary, but entrenched in strong, powerful skateboarding through unique tricks and spot selections.  Good on ya, chaps!

Red Hare Brewing’s “Long Day Lager” and Scumco & Sons

Has it been a long day? Maybe it’s been a long week. Either way, celebrate the beginning of summer with us tonight at the brewery! We’ve got live music and food for our Longest Day party, 5:30-8:30! #redharebrewery #longdaylager Read More >

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.

The Atlantic Drift series by Jacob Harris Read More >

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