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Lakai - The Shoes We Skate

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Locals Only, Bro. No Kooks!

In a yesteryear-themed tale of epic proportions, the Back Forty Bros, consisting of Pedro Sanchez (Marc Johnson), Larry Larry (Chris Roberts), and Blazyr (Kenny Anderson) hit the streets in search of curbs and smooth concrete. What they found other than apocalyptical jump-ramp bliss, was love, admiration, and above all…respect from their peers. Well done, well fk’n done. No kookery here.

Locals only, No kooks.

No kooks here.

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Aaron JAWS Homoki – A Happy Medium 3

At this point, you already know Aaron “JAWS” Homoki is not afraid to jump off big stuff will jump off damn near anything. His  newest part, A Happy Medium III does nothing to refute this. Seriously, I feel for the dude’s knees because this part is madness.

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Camp Woodward Adds Security Guards for Authentic Street Skating Experience

It looks like Camp Woodward has stepped it up and finally added the missing piece to their puzzle, security officers. This will insure that campers get the most authentic street skating experience in the country without ever having to step out of the compound. Everybody wins.

"Come back with a Malto board"

“Come back with a Malto board”

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Triple Kinked Rail Darkslide Video

Provoked by Daewon Song, skateboarder Branson Chubbuck went out and stuck a flawless darkslide down a triple kinked rail in what looks to be only two tries. I have to admit, I’ve never even considered this possible until now. Now I’m eager to see the darkslide get taken to new heights.

Jedi Mind tricks

More weird tricks

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Tony Hawk, Schoolboy Q, and Moby on a Hoverboard

You’ve seen Back From the Future. You remember the Hoverboard chase scene. You’ve dreamt about owning one ever since. Really though, at some point we all have. So when this video surfaced of Tony Hawk, Moby, Best Coast, Schoolboy Q, and other noteworthy LA residents riding a HUVr Tech Hoverboard, we were in awe. Even Christopher Lloyd, the original DeLorean-weilding Dr. Brown, is in the video.

Your call. Fake or Real? Either way this edit is well worth your time.

HUVr Tech Hoverboard Concept

Christopher Lloyd Dr. Emmett Brown Dolorean

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Use Colored Griptape

Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by skateboarding; it always seemed completely unique and lawless.  However, growing up in Canton, Georgia in the mid 90s my environment was hardly conducive to the act itself.  I grew up on a poultry farm and the majority of my childhood my driveway was completely gravel (no bueno).  For my buddy, Clay, and me, the odds were not in our favor as we tried to figure out how to make the board “jump.”

Skateboards with colored grip tape

Some of my more recent grip tape jobs.

Eventually, the more accessible childhood activities completely took over and most weekends and afternoons were spent practicing baseball or playing basketball.  All the while, skateboarding never left my mind, but none of my “teammates” had any interest in skateboarding whatsoever.  Years later, luckily, my friend Clay hadn’t stopped skateboarding and without him, I’d never have been reintroduced to skateboarding.

Ben Mercer skateboarding c. 1993

Me shredding c. 1993

In the wake of Zero Skateboards‘ video “Misled Youth,” my second impression of skateboarding was a more eye-opening experience.  This half hour video still has my knees trembling, just thinking about every rail, every gap, and stair annihilation witnessed.  Knowing I could never skate on any level that remotely resembles the video’s standard, I spent years trying to take video of others trying their hand at it.  A lot of good times were had, but I always found myself wanting to skateboard in my own right.  Why film someone else having all the fun? Still, at the time it felt utterly faux pas to enjoy the little things in skateboarding; curbs, shaped boards, and colored grip…because everyone was so busy keeping up with the Jones’ (myself included).  As a whole, the community tried to quantify ones value by amount of stairs they kickflipped or how big the rail they grinded was.  The lawless feeling had passed and skateboarding started to feel like a sport.

 Throughout this time it seemed like the majority of skateboarders’ setups were absolutely uniform.  Every board was just straight black grip, white wheels (graphics in).  It was all popsicle boards, and completely soulless.  I, honestly, couldn’t pick out my own board from a lineup!  The boards themselves were just temporary vessels that would ultimately meet their premature demise after a few sessions of jumping downs some stairs.  With skateboards being so temporary it was hard to get attached, so I didn’t care about the shape or going beyond straight black griptape because it seemed so pointless to car

Basic skateboard complete


My boards last longer now, part and parcel to getting older and not having the free time to skate as much.  Now if I’m going to skate a board, I have no excuse not to take the time to make my ride unique.  After spending a couple years skating shaped boards, I realized the “cruiser” board stigma is completely false and most shaped boards are completely functional.  Please do not call these cruiser boards or filmer boards.  They are built to be shredded just like any other board.  Also, don’t be afraid to grip your board however you want and know that color griptape skates just as well as any other mainstays; Black Magic, Jessup, Mob, etc.

    It seems like skating is in a great place nowadays and people are starting to come around and think “outside the box” again, which is why I’d like to challenge everyone to try something new and defy the norm.  Skateboarding should never be neatly categorized and there is always room for new ideas or old ones to revisit.  When you adhere to the unwritten rules that govern skateboarding, you’ll miss out on a lot.  It wasn’t until I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the little things that I learned just how much I missed out on.

It’s hard to believe that my reintroduction was over fifteen years ago and since then, for better or for worse, skateboarding has pretty much been all-consuming.  I have seen friends go, trends evaporate, and witnessed my personal skating evolve several times.  Even though life is moving faster and my skateboarding slowing down, it’s safe to say that right now is the most exciting skateboarding has ever been.  Period.

Below are some of the current griptape designs on the counter at Ambush Board Co

The biggest selection of griptape Ambush Board Co. has ever had.Bright and flashy...Thrasher Griptape at Ambush Board Co.

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VOX Backin’ GA Video

The guys from VOX recently came into town to stack footage for a new web series on Network A. Check out the fruits of your labor in the form of this ATL-based web edit. Kennesaw got a lot of shine. Huge shouts to VOX and everyone for coming out.

Backin' ATL

VOX Backin' GA

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