Venice Skatepark

California Roadtrip Photo Overload!

Hello everybody! I know its been a little bit so I wanted to update everybody on the Third Kind™ California roadtrip, and share lots of pictures from along the way. So the quick update is this: we left Jacksonville on 4/20/16 for California. We stopped in several spots along the way and picked up two shops outside of California while traveling. After a brief stay in Tucson for a little bit we hit the road for San Diego. This was yet another LONG stretch through tons of mountains but clear California night skies!

We made it into San Diego early in May then spent just about 2 weeks in the area and racked up two new shops, Soul Grind and Clairemont Surf, along with making several new friends and checking out the Mighty Mama’s skate event. Soon we found ourselves up in L.A hanging out at the grand opening of our first L.A vendor, The Shop, and running around the greater Los Angeles area visiting a ton of shops, skating piers and boardwalks along the way in cities like Huntington Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and even Hollywood Boulevard itself! This trip lead to a short stint on a Dudesons vlog yewww! We picked up another L.A area shop in Torrance at Project Sk8shop, metsome cool folks at Arbor (I had to buy a board while in California…skateboarders impulse) and had a very sweet business meeting with an awesome group in Venice before another quick stint back in San Diego.

This time around San Diego we brought RADD Action Sports (Mission Beach area) and Ollie Angel Skate Shop (Imperial Beach area) on board as new vendors. Back to L.A where we grabbed Cherry Smoke & Skate in Long Beach as a new vendor. Meanwhile back in Torrance got to meet Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen (AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!) at a very cool museum event. From here it was mostly work work work, our visit to Sunken City after hanging out at San Pedro Shred Fest, bringing Urban Feet in San Pedro on board as an awesome new vendor, and spending some time in Venice Beach at Maui and Sons, our original California vendor, shooting a couple videos for a future website update.

Now we are nearly caught up on the California story, and we have been back in San Diego for a couple weeks. So far we’ve had an amazing Go Skateboarding Day up at Sector 9 skating and hanging with some very cool skaters, had more AWESOME business meetings, and got to witness some amazing skateboarding and help a great cause at Clash at Clairemont which was presented by Grind For Life, who we hope to work with in the very near future!. This awesome event featured some sick vert skating, a killer street jam and a pool jam. But the big daddy was SKATERCROSS which was the first event of its kind. WHEW! So thats where we are at right now, as I post this from the library at the beautiful San Diego State University. I’ll post up some GSD 2016 pictures here but hope to get a blog up about Clash at Clairemont soon too. Until then I hope you enjoy the picture overload, our internet is sporadic in California so I dont get to update too often!

 

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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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NEW Skateboard Lights from Third Kind™ have Arrived

The global invasion has begun. The new Third Kind™ Skateboard Lights have Arrived!

Thanks to awesome skaters we have taken what we learned from our first skateboard light model and made major out-of-this-world improvements. Our new skateboards lights were developed and tested by skaters around the United States. We tested with core park skaters, street skaters, vert skaters, downhill riders and cruisers. Our new skateboard lights were designed with pure skate in mind. We don’t want our new skateboard lights to hinder our sesh and we definitely do not want to hinder yours.

Our new Third Kind™ Skateboard Lights are stronger, lighter, smarter and more powerful. We designed our case to full military-grade specifications and reduced the weight by 50%. Our new skateboard light now weighs only 3.4oz., that is 15% lighter than your iPhone5 and only half the weight of a Galaxy S5. Our new skateboard light is smarter; now every unit comes with 7 programmed colors and a flash feature that you can select and change just by the touch of our new function button on the side of the battery. The colors include red, green, blue, white, gold, pink and purple. Have a drop-through setup!? No problem with our new skateboard lights simply follow the dotted line to cut out the attachment piece to fit your board. Our new skateboard light is more powerful; we have upgraded to a micro USB charging system; just plug it into your wall, computer or car and take light to your favorite spot. Just a 2 hour charge will provide up to 10 hours of light.

Get abducted and join the invasion. Interact with our social medias and let us know where you want us to go while on our nationwide tour de skate.

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Third Kind skateboard light install

New Skateboard Light Model Debuted at Surf Expo 2015

Third Kind™ debuted our latest and greatest skateboard light at Surf Expo this past January! WOW! What an awesome event!

For two years we have been developing, testing and collecting skateboarder feedback to create the best possible product. Well, we are never quite finished, but this year we definitely put together one bad ass, shred ready skateboard light. We took what we learned from our first Third Kind™ skateboard light and digested all of the awesome feedback we received from skaters around the world and designed and tested something beyond. Our newest skateboard light features military ruggedization, extreme water-resistancy, 7 selectable colors and USB rechargeabilty. We did all of that and reduced the weight by more than 40%.Our new skateboard light can be easily charged with you computer, wall outlet and even your car. Our new skateboard light battery lasts up to 10 hours per charge and can be seen from up to a mile away! Now you can take light to your favorite skatepark and remain lit and safe on your night commute.

This was the best Surf Expo yet! Numerous retailers, wholesalers and distributors had their eyes on us. Many of them had great things to say and really noticed the progress we have made since debuting our first ever skateboard light model at the September 2013 Surf Expo. It has been a long road creating the best possible skateboard light from grassroots, but thanks to so many friends, family and skateboarders all over we are on the right path and look forward to getting Third Kind™ skateboard lights in a rad local shop near you!

Check out all the rad action and skateboard light debut video HERE courtesy of Balin Hewitt and Balin Hewitt Productions!!

Want More!? Check this rad video of the Strata/Instaramp after party HERE!!!

YYEEEWW!! Thanks for reading about our new model and our stoked time at the January Surf Expo 2015! Please like and follow our social medias and stayed tuned for the start of our Kickstarter campaign.

Third Kind™ is the only way to light up your skateboard!

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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

 

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Third Kind entering the building

 

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Void Holiday Issue Release Party

The Void Holiday Issue features Third Kind skate lights on page 26 in the Gear Guide!

And tonight is the Void Holiday Issue Release Party! If you have yet to experience a Void live party this will be the one to attend.

Come to Freebird Live December 6, 2013 and celebrate the release of this festive and rad issue!

Enjoy awesome music by Greenhouse Lounge, Beebs & Her MoneyMakers and Darkhorse Saloon. The party starts at 9pm with drink specials and rocks until 2am.  Come drink, dance, and be merry!

Third Kind will be showing off outside on the street pimping a blue 1967 Cadillac bring your skateboard, ride and get lit.

Stoke yourself with more info >> click for Facebook Invite  or Void Invite.

Void Magazine does it again with the Void Holiday Issue release party. Wow! What a party it was! Beebs shook her Money Makers and we shook our’s at Freebird Live. Sweetwater Brewing Company donated beer and shots to raise $1,000 for Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) and many others supported by bringing canned food, books and toys to bring joy to others this holiday season. All in all it was a gooood time. See you at the next party, next year.

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