mighty mama skate o rama

Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama 2016

Mom. Mommy. Mama. Momma Skater? Yes, the combination seems normal when you take it figuratively, “skate mom”, but when taken literally…well you may be surprised. This Mothers Day we had the honor to attend a fun event in Laguna Niguel California called Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama. The annual event is a charity event hosted by the group Skateboard Moms & Sisters of Shred. Every year a charity is designated to receive all proceeds from the event, with the OC Human Trafficking Task Force being this years recipient.

We had no idea what to expect when we arrived and were stoked to see a clean nicely designed concrete skatepark with room to play. The atmosphere was super friendly and inviting, full of motivation. We saw and met skaters of all skill levels, many of whom had started skating again in recent years. Several skaters were from outside the California area, with a couple from outside the U.S! The theme was superheroes and boy did we see some flying through the park! The raffle had a bunch of sick prizes including several signed skate decks from Tony Hawk and Jay Smith, complete setups from Gravity and Madrid, and tons of other fun skate shwag. We both made sure to get our fair share of skating in, while remembering “ladies first” of course, and also our fair share of bruises (I should probably be icing down while I type this) and of course memories.

While we didn’t get a chance to skate with and talk with everyone, we made some cool new friends at the park. We shared the quest for big air out of the 1/4 pipe with our new friends Kendra, and sibling duo Casey and Tabitha. Chad found a motivated young future rep in their little brother Richard who was STOKED on the lights. I had the pleasure of being defeated in an epic match of rock, paper, scissors by Tabitha for her very own Third Kind™ skate light! And yes, their mom AND older sister were out there shredding along with us too! Before we knew it, several hours of fun skating had passed, all the prizes were handed out, and we were a good kind of tired.

The Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama was a fun time and we highly recommend checking out next years event, and any ladies who skate, whose kids skate, or want to get back into skating to check out the Skateboard Moms & Sisters of Shred. I know I had a blast and enjoyed the group, even if I got a bit banged up (it was worth it!) in the process. We will for sure attend any events with this rad group of ladies we can in the future and were proud to be a part of the 2016 Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama. Oh and one final note. If your mama took you skating and hustled you park to park as a youngin, take her to the park with you sometime and share the stoke with her. She will always be your biggest fan.

 

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looking over the Surf Expo hall

Third Kind™ debuts new skateboard light at Surf Expo

This particular Surf Expo was extremely anticipated by the entire Third Kind™ crew for a number of reasons. First and foremost was the debut of our latest skate light model. At the prior September Surf Expo we were fortunate enough to hook up with an expert in LED technology and manufacturing. In the couple months leading up to the January Surf Expo we spent countless hours both day and night redesigning and re-imagining the perfect skateboard light. We took everything we learned from our successful first model and applied our vision to world leading battery and LED technology manufacturing. Third Kind™’s new flagship skateboard light kit features a brand new button that gives the user the ability to choose between seven colors or an auto-cycle feature that strobes continuously through all of the colors. Pick one light to start the night and switch it up as you cruise around town. Recharging has also been made easier and more efficient with the addition of a micro-USB port. Just a 20 minute charge can provide up to 10 hours of light! Along with a brighter more efficient brain our battery slimmed down with a more than 50% weight reduction and gained strength from military grade ruggedization applied both to the internal components and to the external case. The packaging also received a major upgrade with a beautiful hard box with plenty of clear windows to show off the new patented Third Kind™ battery unit.

Secondly, and in addition to having a product that was ready for Surf Expo, the Third Kind™ crew was ready and focused. Weeks before the show we began to plan our attack to acquire new retail dealers along with major distribution. On the top of our list the industry’s most respected distributors and retailers to include BC Surf & Sport, Eastern Skate SupplyOcean Avenue DistributionCoastal Surf Supplies, and Keystone Skate Supply. Along with a stellar product we had the attitude and swag to back it up. Locally owned Stitches & Screens donned us with brand new printed tees for our social team and for the sales team it was Third Kind™ logo stitched button downs and polo shirts. Surf Expo was hosted  January 8-10 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. Buyers from the surf and skate industry came from across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South Americas and around the world to see what’s new and hot. For this expo it was Third Kind™ and our new and highly innovative skateboard light kit. We did not disappoint

When the show was closed and it was time to play we showed up for the party just as hard. Friday night Strata threw down along with Instaramp at Wall Street in downtown Orlando. The atmosphere was nothing but stoke with Strata picking up the beer tab and the skaters throwing it down on Instaramp; the portable half-pipe. To close out an awesome Surf Expo the Third Kind™ expo crew celebrated with Beebs and Her Money Makers at Tanqueray’s downtown. BAHMM rocked the house with their signature sound and ability to start a dance party whenever, where ever. It was a perfect compliment to the awesome show week that we had.

Keep a look out for Third Kind™’s coming travels to Puerto Rico for the Guajataka Downhill Skateboarding Races and Munich Germany in February for the ISPO.

 

Looking over the Surf Expo floor

Welcome to the big show

Third Kind skateboard light install

Stoked new grom Zoe got lit

 

Pro Surfer Kayla Durden has her Third Kind skate light

Third Kind with Kayla Durden

 

looking over the Surf Expo hall

Third Kind entering the building

 

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