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!