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.
Reggie Kelly for President
Transworld Skateboarding just dropping a piece on our team rider and one hell of a guy Reggie Kelly! Checkout the video and stay for the Q & A. We are stoked for Reggie and can’t wait to see what 2016 has up its sleeve!
New Years Resolution: Drink more booby milk. It builds character and strong bones.
Newest music in Your iPhone: I only listen to Hotline Bling because my hotline stay blinging.
Next Skate Trip: I hear rumors of two towards the beginning of the year.
Video Part You throw on before a session: Anime like Naruto or One Punch Man.
2016 will be the year of the: Ripstick.
Reccomend an IG follow: @wet.floor.signs.
Last trick filmed: A hardflip.
Best style: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Travis Glover. #ATLHOE
Josh Butler is family. Ever need a friend, Josh is there to oblige. Looking for a good time, Josh is your man. Need someone to talk to, Josh will listen. Josh has all of the characteristics you would want in a brother, friend, team rider, son, and even your daughter’s boyfriend. So, when Josh desperately needs your help, you better give it your all.
For those of you that don’t know, Josh Butler was shot in the abdomen during a robbery last year. He has made a full recovery, but his medical bills are devastating. And although Josh would never ask for our help, we know how truly deserving and thankful for the help he would be.
The Josh Butler Benefit Game of Skate raised over $2,000 for the Josh Butler Medical Fund. And, it was a super good time. Special thanks to all of you that came out to support. Your participation went a long way towards helping Josh get his life back to normal.
Ambush Boarding Co. is about to celebrate its 15th Anniversary. In observation of the last decade and a half, let’s take a look back and see just how long 15 years really is:
When Ambush opened in June of 1997, Bill Clinton was president, Ally McBeal and Dawson’s Creek were considered great television, Michael Jordan just won his fifth of six NBA championships, and Titanic won Best Picture.
In 1997, only 18% of households had the internet. As of 2010, over 80% are online (the other 20% live in caves). Similarly, only 18% of the U.S. population had cell phones in 1997. That figure is now upwards of 97%. S#!t, nearly 60% of cell phones now have the internet. In 1997, text messaging didn’t exist, Google was still a research project, and a gallon of gas cost $1.20 on average.
The Ambush Josh Butler Benefit Jam at Progressive Skatepark was a success. Lets cut to the chase: We raised $3,015 throughout the event through raffles and entry fees. Everybody was happy. Josh got a good chunk of change to help out his medical bills and every single kid walked out with at least one prize. If you didn’t walk away with something, then you probably were not there.
The epic grom sessions were epic, the adult jams were insane, and the mini ramp jams were pretty wild. I don’t know what the parents are feeding their kids up there in Canton, but some of those 13 and under kids were hitting more rails than the big boys. The best trick event down the double set, big hubba, and the bank got the crowd screaming. One kid tre-flip 5-0’d the big hubba with a bottom grill in his mouth. Another board flipping guru landed a triple dolphin flip (or foward flip, or thunder flip whatever the hell you want to call it) down the bank. Mike at Progressive had quite a few brains to clean up off the floor because that kid BLEW MINDS.