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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Dodge Ram

Third Kind heads out west…and Beyond!

 

Well. We did it. We packed up our stuff loaded it in an RV and Chad’s Ram Truck and we hit the road full steam ahead to California. The mecca, the homeland, the big dog of the skateboarding world. Third Kind ™ is officially on the road to do what we do best: light up your life! We’ve found some really cool shops along the way in cities like Pensacola, Mobile, Gulfport, Baton Rouge, Houston, San Antonio, Tucson and the Phoenix area (that place is HUGE!) I’m going to try and keep this blog up to date as best I can to try and give you all an update on our travels and some of our insights along the way.

Our most wild stops so far have to be Houston and El Paso. Texas, where everything is bigger. Trust me that state is HUGE. Houston is a city on the rise and so is the skate scene. Both core street skating and downhill/freeride have a huge following. We met a dope crew at Carve (shoutout to the crew!) and ended up going to a parking garage race they hosted with them. That is some fast racing and surprisingly loud when you have a pack of skaters rolling full tilt. San Antonio was just a quick stop for now but we got setup with Ehren and his badass shop Insanity Boardshop! El Paso was our first big taste of the desert life, a huge frickin dust storm rolled through and you couldnt see a thing! Arizona was a rad stop and allowed us to get our heads back on straight after some looong sections of highway travel.  It also gave us a chance to get a few things done and visit some cool shops in Tucson and the Phoenix area, especially by the University of Arizona and Arizona State University campuses. We didn’t get a chance to stop at any shops in New Mexico, only for gas & dinner but we do plan to hit up the ABQ when we can! We made the long haul from Tucson to San Diego and let me say the reception in So Cal has been AWESOME! We’ve had the chance to meet with several rad shops and so far have picked up Soulgrind in Mission Beach and Clairemont Surfshop as new vendors. We are super excited to bring Third Kind ™ to the west coast, especially the skaters of California, and share the stoke with the skate scene! Stay tuned for more of our roadtrip adventures!

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Concrete Wave Mag Interview: Chad Sandiford

Being interviewed by the legend Michael Brooke for Concrete Wave Magazine, now that’s a stoke!

It has been our pleasure to be working with Michael and Concrete Wave for the past year or so. Michael has been skating and sharing the culture and stoke of skate through his captivating articles for decades. To have the opportunity to be interviewed by this legend and for Concrete Wave is rad. Chad Sandiford was even more excited to get to delve a bit deeper into the life of Michael Brooke with some questions of his own to see what has led Michael to becoming a legend in the sport around the world.

Here is the DIRECT LINK to the interview between us on Concrete Wave Magazine or simply keep on scrolling down.

 

Questions for Chad Sandiford: Third Kind™ skateboard lights

Tonight daylight savings ends. This means more people are going to be using your lights earlier? What are your thoughts?

I, like most, have always dreaded the end of daylight savings. To get dark around 6pm is just too early to stop being able to see. But ever since creating Third Kind skate lights the setting of the sun can’t come soon enough; it means the hot sun of the day has retreated giving us bearable riding temperatures (in Florida) and less traffic. With Third Kind I know I’m lit and visible and I know everyone else riding my lights shares the same stoke. I have heard countless times from riders with my lights that they can’t wait for the sun to set so that they can go skate with their Third Kind lights. The end of daylight savings gives these riders that much more play time and that is a total stoke!

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A crew of stoked riders

How did you come up with the idea of Third Kind?
The idea for Third Kind came from a culmination of a few sources but I can attribute the spark to a couple of friends; Ryan Stewart and Chelsea Brito. I had seen garage projects before on the internet, but after meeting them and seeing the rig in person we started thinking and designing mini assembly lines to “mass produce” the “garage model” which simply included a 9V battery, some wires, solder, glue and an over the counter LED strip.

I soon realized there had to be a better way. I had to design and create a product that would easily mount to any board and handle the riggers of skateboarding. To be a successful product and brand I had to produce a patentable product that could be mass produced and mass marketed.

How did you come up with the name?

The name was the hardest part, it came from my mom’s favorite movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind because of the out-of-this-world look the lights create. You truly look and feel as if you are riding a spaceship or a hoverboard.

What is one key thing you’d like to tell retailers who are out there and wondering if they should carry the lights in their shop?

One? Oh my, there are dozens. Oh, I know THEY SELL THEMSELVES! It is not like trying to push a board, wheels or bearings where there are hundreds of options and the ones that sell are backed by significant marketing budgets. Our product speaks for itself, just turn it on in your shop and watch your customers be drawn to them just like flies to a bug light. We have had shops sell over 100 of our lights in a single month! And that was just the original model that came in a ziploc plastic bag.

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This grom won’t let his go

When people tell you the lights have save their life, how does that make you feel?

Proud and motivated. When creating the lights safety was not even a thought in my head; I did it because they look so darn cool. They are the closest thing to looking and feeling like Marty McFly on his hoverboard. It was not until a few months after receiving the first production model that I started receiving calls from riders that claimed my lights had saved their life.

From that moment I had an entirely new motivation; this is no longer just some rad looking gimmick, I have the ability to save fellow skater’s lives. I have to share this around the world! Our latest model received an endorsement for safety from a Sheriff’s office because a rider can be seen up to a mile away with Third Kind lights.

What has been the reaction from the longboard community? Many ride at night.

It’s a good blend of stoke and apprehension. They love the look and see the safety aspect, but they are very savvy consumers, without actually seeing and touching our kit the first thought is cheap tricks that won’t hold up to their riding or “I can make that myself”. As soon as they see our product and hear that it is skater designed, featherweight, bulletproof and very water-resistant that apprehension fades to total stoke and they quickly realize a lot of “board” meetings have gone into Third Kind Skateboard Lights. They love knowing they are seen by car drivin kooks, this allows them to relax and skate instead of constantly looking over their shoulder wondering if they are seen or they need to bail.

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Leaving our marks in the bowl

Is it difficult to capture the lights in photos?

No. Photographers rave about our lights because of how bright they are. They do not have to make them brighter in editing or adjust their shooting technique to capture them; we are using top of the line technologies you won’t see in other mainstream electronics for several years to come. One thing I will say though is that your simple camera or camera phones will capture them, but they will not do them justice as to how bright they truly are.

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Chad carving a bowl at Monument skatepark in Jacksonville FL

Have any skate companies contacted you to make the lights standard on their completes?

Not standard, but Local Skateboard Company, Beercan Boards, East Coast Customs, CroozerBoards and STRGHT offer them as an upgrade item. We would love to have more board companies offer this because it is such a rad and potentially life saving accessory. It also really helps boost their sales because our lights bring so much attention and uniqueness to a board. A rider can instantly change and customize the look of their board with the touch of a button.

Can people outside of North America use Third Kind Lights?

Absolutely! Our latest model features USB recharging so it is completely universal. And last I checked the Sun sets to night worldwide so we don’t want to leave anyone in the dark.

Are the lights water-proof?

They are *very* water-resistant. Waterproof is a touchy word; I don’t want people to get the wrong idea and go diving with them, but if you get caught in the rain on your ride and go through some good puddles our lights are designed to handle that. We have made great improvements in this area because of our trip to the ISPO in Germany earlier this year where Europeans expressed water as a major concern for skaters due to the wetter climate. Here in Florida rain is more rare so we don’t ride in the rain; for us that is just a great way to ruin your board and bearings. As a skater though I want my lights not only to handle any riding style, but any riding climate.

What are some of your plans for 2016?

Road trips! We have a fantastic product and brand that we are constantly improving upon but most do not know that lights are available for their board and even less riders know that there is actually a kit worth a darn. Many riders hear about skateboard lights and think of the other junk available or the junk that was available in the past. Marketing our quality product is our biggest hurdle. As just a skater/surfer dude from Florida I don’t have a million dollar marketing budget (not even close) so we have to do it the old school way of road trippin to get our lights in front of as many fellow skaters as possible so that they can see it, ride it and experience it. For 2016 we want to travel and be at as many events as possible, especially longboard events. So if anyone has an event we would love to be apart of it!

 

Questions for Michael Brooke: Concrete Wave Magazine

What is your first memory or encounter with a skateboard?

It was 1974…Brighton England. I vividly recall a guy rolling down a bank near the pier.

What was the spark behind starting Concrete Wave Magazine?
I had created the Skategeezer Homepage in 1995 with my brother Andrew. This led to a book contract and from here I wound up selling 42,000 of the book The Concrete Wave (the history of skateboarding). Once the book was finished, I was anxious to keep writing. So, I teamed up with Tom Browne and created International Longboarder. That was 16 years ago and eventually the magazine morphed into Concrete Wave (June 2002 was Vol 1 no 1)
In your travels what is the place that you were surprised most to see skateboarding and why? 
The fact is that every place has its own special vibe. I am fortunate in that I get to explore quite a bit. I think the web has shrunk the world that it’s hard to be surprised. But it was truly amazing to find out that a young girl in Iran was enjoying the collab board we did with Girl is Not a Four Letter Word. Thanks to Cindy Whitehead and Dusters, a kid is stoked.
What is the one place in the world that you think would benefit most from having a LB4P chapter?
Probably the United Nations and Euro Headquarters. Can you imagine how much different the world would be if politicians took time out of their schedule to actually skate? The mind boggles….
What is/was your ultimate dream job outside of the mag biz?
I love what I do currently. I get a front row seat to an amazing experience. I get to hang out with some very creative people and write about what they do. I love encouraging people to explore skateboarding and what it means to them. I love the idea of longboarding for peace and I hope to keep pushing things forward over the next several decades.

 

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Beebs and Her Money Makers

Beebs and Her Money Makers Tour presented by Third Kind™

Beebs and Her Money Makers is going on tour and Third Kind is coming too!! Find us in over 30 cities around the country. From Boston to Portland we are coming to a city near you. Look for our spaceship RV and tweet, tag and share our voyage as we travel the country to abduct all skaters who like to party. We are starting our nearly 2 month expedition in the skateboard obsessed town of Wilmington, North Carolina and ending at the raging California Roots Festival in Monterey, CA.

Third Kind will be riding along on the tour showing off our brand new Third Kind™ skateboard lights to shops and skateparks. Third Kind will also be joining Beebs and Her Money Makers at each show where you will be able to purchase our latest lights for your skateboard! Get swagged out with brand new apparel to include snapback and flexfit hats, tanks and tees, stickers, skateboard keychain bottle openers and even co-branded items with both BaHAMM and Third Kind.

If you don’t know Third Kind and Beebs and Her Money Makers then check out the tour schedule below and make plans for a dance party abduction!!!

 

Tour Calendar
Apr 8, 2015 | Ziggy by the Sea, Wilmington, NC | 8pm |More Info +
Apr 9, 2015 | Ziggys, Winston-Salem, NC | 8pm | More Info +
Apr 10, 2015 | Ottobar, 2549 N Howard St Baltimore, MD 21218 | 8:00 PM | More Info +
Apr 11, 2015 | The Shop, 234 Starr Street, Brooklyn NY, Brooklyn, New York | TBD | More Info +
Apr 12, 2015 | Simons 677, 677 Valley St, Providence, Rhode Island 02908 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 14, 2015 | Bogies, 297 Ontario St Albany, NY 12208 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 15, 2015 | Revolution Music Hall, 140 Merrick Road Amityville, NY 11701 | 7:00 PM | More Info +
Apr 16, 2015 | Championship w/ Dog Fashion Disco, 931 Chambers St., Trenton, NJ | 7pm | More Info +
Apr 17, 2015 | Rex Theatre, 1602 E. Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA | 7:00 PM | More Info +
Apr 18, 2015 | Agora Ballroom, 5000 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 19, 2015 | Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road Westland Michigan 48185 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 20, 2015 | Emerson Theatre, 4630 E 10th st, Indianapolis, IN | TBD | More Info +
Apr 21, 2015 | Mojoes, 22 W. Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 22, 2015 | The Fallout, 2609 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | TBD | More Info +
Apr 23, 2015 | Vaudeville, Mews, 212 4th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 | 5:00 PM | More Info +
Apr 24, 2015 | Red Zone, Madison, WI | 8pm
Apr 25, 2015 | Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St Louis, MO 63103 | 6:00 PM | More Info +
Apr 26, 2015 | Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM | 7pm |More Info +
Apr 28, 2015 | Trees w/ Dog Fashion Disco, 2709 Elm St. Dallas, TX | 7pm | More Info +
Apr 29, 2015 | Dirty Dog, 505 E 6th St, Austin, Texas | TBD | More Info +
Apr 30, 2015 | Korova, 107 E. Martin St San Antonio TX, 78205 | 7:00 PM | More Info +
May 1, 2015 | East Down Warehouse, 850 Mckee St, Houston, Texas 77002 | TBD | More Info +
May 3, 2015 | Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM | 7pm |More Info +
May 5, 2015 | The Rock, 136 North Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719 | TBD | More Info +
May 6, 2015 | Club Red, 1308 W University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 | TBD | More Info +
May 7, 2015 | Adrenaline, 3103 N RANCHO DR Las Vegas, Nevada | TBD | More Info +
May 8, 2015 | Whiskey Dicks, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA | TBD | More Info +
May 9, 2015 | The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane Orangevale CA 95662 | 6:30 PM | More Info +
May 10, 2015 | Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave Portland, OR 97214 | TBD | More Info +
May 12, 2015 | Studio Seven w/ Dog Fashion Disco, Seattle, WA | 7pm | More Info +
May 14, 2015 | Moe’s, 530 Broadway Denver, CO 80203 | TBD | More Info +
May 15, 2015 | Sunshine Studio w/ Dog Fashion Disco, Colorado Springs, CO | 7pm | More Info +
May 16, 2015 | Riot Room w/ Dog Fashion Disco, Kansas City, MO | 11pm | More Info +
May 23, 2015 | California Roots Festival, Monterey, CA | 12pm | More Info +

 

Beebs and Her Money Makers with Third Kind

Third Kind with Beebs and Her Money Makers

Third Kind and Beebs and Her Money Makers tour bus

Third Kind has abducted Beebs and Her Money Makers!

Beebs and Her Money Makers tour bus

Third Kind Presents Beebs and Her Money Makers tourBaHAMM Third Kind tour

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Support Third Kind on Kickstarter

Click HERE to see our Kickstarter project and to learn more about locally owned Third Kind skateboard lights.

For 2.5 years now we have been developing and testing multiple ways to light up a skateboard. Our beta skateboard light was good, we learned a lot and made some excellent upgrades to our patented LED skateboard kit. Now we are ready to take our lights for your skateboard to the next level by launching a Kickstarter campaign. We will be launching the campaign FRIDAY. MAY 1 ST at 1 pm EST Jump on our Kickstarter early because we are offering crazy rewards, but in limited quantities. Also our skateboard lights will be available on Kickstarter before anywhere else.

I want to thank everyone for the amazing support to get us this far. We have created and patented a skateboard light kit that easily mounts to any skateboard. Our newest model to light up your skateboard features military grade ruggedization, extreme water-resistance and micro USB recharging. We have come along way to getting our Third Kind™ skateboard lights where we want them. We have spent a lot of time designing and testing and now we are ready to launch our newest model to light up every skateboard exclusively on Kickstarter. Our product is completely designed, owned and operated by skateboarders and we intend on keeping it that way. We need your help and support to take us to the next level so that we can remain skater owned. Otherwise we will have to bring in non-skater kooks to support us financially… and we don’t want that. Your support does not come without reward. We are offering all kinds of awesome and exclusive Third Kind™ rewards to include shirts, hats, stickers, tanks, custom skateboards, limited edition models, first dibs on our newest light kit and even trips to Puerto Rico for the Guajataca Downhill next year!

Don’t wait to help and donate. For the first donors we have crazy, but very limited deals on our skateboard lights. We will be offering the very first 10 units at below manufacturing cost.

                                                                                 KICKSTARTER LAUNCH —  FRIDAY  —  MAY 1 ST

 

 

Jax Beach Skate Night with Third Kind

Jax Beach Skate Night with Third Kind

Showing off our new skateboard lights at Surf Expo

Showing off our new skateboard lights at Surf Expo

showing off our new skateboard lights with Volcom Surfer Kayla Durden

showing off our new skateboard lights with Volcom Surfer Kayla Durden

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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

 

looking over the Surf Expo hall

Third Kind entering the building

 

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