Christian Hall: Reclaimed – A Collection of Clips from Along the Way

As told by Christian Hall

A few months back I decided to load up my car with a good friend of mine and make the journey to California. The goal was to really give my skateboarding my best efforts as the winter was taking hold in Georgia. Reclaimed is inspired by the road, filming trips, far away contests, and skate visits to new towns. No matter where I go, I always find myself telling new friends about my down south homies. I truly feel this edit showcases what the south has to offer and gives a taste of what I’m always telling everyone about.

A full VX | HD combo part featuring Christian Hall, Elijah Simmons, Jourdynn Sherman, Jairus Brown, Zey Wilks, Guy Azulay, Dru James, Ethan Herrington, May Oliver, Deven Wharton, and Justin Hearn. Read More >

Brothers from Different Mothers?

Two backside lipslides and a backside tailslide. Who's who?
Huhta, Spelta, Da Silva…who’s who?

Have you ever watched a part and immediately thought, “Oh, this person is biting so and so’s style.”? Or, watched a friend or local skateboarder switch up their kit to look like their favorite professional? When I see this I’m sure anyone within 20 miles can hear the sound of my eyes rolling. Fairly recently three separate skateboarders have caught my attention, all of whom share similar trick selection, style, etc. Has anyone ever seen Heitor Da Silva, Vincent Huhta, or Ruben Spelta in the same place? Maybe they are all the same person? Or, are they brothers from different mothers?

Watch these three parts.

Vincent Huhta’s Sour Solution II Part

adidas Skateboarding Presents /// Heitor

Ruben Spelta’s Mamma Mia

Even though all three seem to mimic each other they still manage to coexist with a certain level of autonomy that seems authentic. I really like all three of these parts, but I think I like Vincent’s part the best. What do you guys think? 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 >

Emerica Made Chapter Two Premiere

 

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!

Go skate!

2014 Street League Atlanta Pro Demo at Kennesaw Skatepark

This past Saturday, September 13th, 2014, the Kennesaw Skatepark hosted its very first Street League event.  Street League was kind enough to send out 4 of their top Pro’s, including Paul Rodriguez, Ishod Wair, Tom Asta and Chaz Ortiz, to come and put on a demo for the local crowd.  Oh, and our boy Justin Brock was out there having fun too! Watching these guys on TV is one thing, but witnessing their talent in person is jaw-dropping.  Big thanks to Street League, Cricket Wireless and the Kennesaw Skatepark for making this all happen!  Check out some photos and our recap video filmed by Matt Mazza.

A Day In The Life of Josh Zentmeyer

Josh Zentmeyer oozes charisma. From his dayjob to the skatepark, from the skatepark to the wakepark, Josh is always excelling at what he’s doing. It’s no wonder that his unfailing work ethic has morphed him into an incredible skateboarder and wakeskater. Josh brings a unique perspective to wakeskating and often pops his signature Andrew Reynolds-esqe frontside flips higher than most big-box pros can dream (proof at 2:32). We’re proud to see Josh flying the Ambush Board Co. flag and look forward to watching his bright future unfold.

Ambush Board Co. Five Panel Hat

Can't stop the JZ Pop.

Boneless

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Etnies Marana Vulc Full Review

Marana Vulc Wear Test

The first thing I noticed when I slipped my foot into the Marana Vulc is the fact that they run a little big.  I wear a size 9 (US) in most shoes, and this 9 is a tad bit big.  I’d probably be better off with an 8.5.  The heel hold is snug and there is a very prominent arch support.  From the heel heading towards the toe, the shoe opens up to be pretty wide leaving plenty of space for your toes to stretch out.  The collar and tongue are made of a breathable mesh providing some much needed airflow.  All in all, it is a pretty comfortable shoe.  This shoe is built to endure the harshest abuse you can give it.  Due to their tank like construction, the break-in process may take a bit longer than expected. The STI Evolution foam footbed provides good support for impact and everyday wear. The vulcanized version of this shoe is definitely more appealing aesthetically than its cupsole counterpart. The cupsole interpretation has a bigger logo on the side and kind of reminds me of some crappy Etnies mall shoe, but it’s vulcanized brother has a more subtle skateboarder-friendly vibe.

  • Rubberized toe cap for durability

  • inverted stitching around the side panel to prevent blow-outs

  • great arch support

  • highly ventilated tongue and collar for breath-ability

  • vulcanized sole

  • fits half size bigger

  • wide toe box

After Five Hours

The first flick in the Marana Vulc is a big reminder that vulcanized shoes have superior grip compared to cupsole shoes.  The sole is tall and the toe cap is rubberized, leaving very little room for ripping around the toe.  Due to the bulky sole and rubberized toe cap, the break in process was a little slow.  Once those kickflips become familiar again, everything comes together nicely.  Like most vulcanized shoes, the first hour or so can be frustrating. It would take many hours of flip ins and flip outs to put a hurting on this shoe. If you lean more towards heelflips rather than kickflips, you’ll run into some ripping issues sooner.  Your heels and arches are protected well, but my main area for concern is with the padding around the ball of your foot.  Having less support in this region provides added board feel, but at the cost of protecting the ball of your foot. Read More >

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