2019 Tampa Am & Everything that Comes with It

As told by Christian Hall

Tampa Am is the undisputed top contest for AM skateboarders worldwide. Whether you’re from Brazil, Japan, or Atlanta, GA. This is the contest to make it to!

Day 1: Practice Day

 The first day of Tampa Am is typically the Thursday before the weekend event. This means practice day. It’s hectic. Skater after skater. Board after board. Everyone is either trying to warm up in a crowded park or they’re already warm showcasing their best tricks. After practice everyone heads to the cafe in the back for the rider meeting/welcome to town after party. Personally, this was one of my favorite parts. You get to kickback and relax with your homies, meet new friends from all over the world, and drink free PBRs. You can even get “FREE tattoos”. I got three, how could you not love it? Read More >

OuterSpace Project Mission 5 – Big Rain at the Big Bang

Atlanta has been insufferably hot and bone dry for months. We set three new records for the hottest October day ever with the mercury topping 97 degrees exactly two weeks ago. We were hoping for clear weather and comfortably fall temps to enjoy a night of skating, live music, and live art. But, the weatherman had other ideas and sent us a cold, steady rain.

The conditions were far from ideal, but skaters skate, artists create, and bands play on. Black Joe Lewis did his best impression of Prince at Superbowl XLI with a heavy dose of psychedelic blues mixed with mind-blowing levels of guitartistry. The cloudburst heightened everyone’s senses and turned his set into a face melter.

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 >

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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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:

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 >

Go Skateboarding Day 2017

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.

Ambush Video Challenge

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.

Ambush Video Challenge – Lowkii – Winner from Ambush Board Co. on Vimeo.

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.

Creature Tour Hits Kennesaw

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:

Bartow Advocates for Children Charity Boat Day

 

“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.

Ambush Charity Boat Day
L to R: Outler Morgan, Ty Barron, Ike Phillips, Whitley Stewart

 

 

Ambush Charity Boat Day
Outler’s First Time Wakesurfing

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.

Ambush Charity Boat Day
All Smiles from this Crew

2017 March Radness Presented by Adidas Skateboarding

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.

 

 

Contest Results

Street Division:
1st Place: Wes Lembo
2nd Place: Jason Salillas
3rd Place: Gage Gum
4th Place: Pat Donivan

Bowl Division:
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Pat Donivan
3rd Place: Greyson Beal
4th Place: Jordan Plott

Much thank to Adidas Skateboarding and the Kennesaw Skatepark for all of their support. Without them we could not have put on such a killer contest.

Video by: Logan Parsley
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Photos by: Matt Hudson
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