• Skate Girls: Samarria Brevard

    Join us as we go inside the lives of 13 young skateboarders on the West Coast and learn about their favorite spots, personal memories, and friendships formed through a love of skating. Watch the Skate Girls trailer here and read interviews with each of the girls here! 

    We talk to skater Samarria Brevard about the magic of skating, what she listens to when she wants to pump herself up, and the proudest moments of her career thus far.

    Can you introduce yourself? How long have you been skating?
    SB: Hi. My name is Samarria Brevard, and I've been skating for 10 years.

    How did you get started?
    SB: When I was 13 I saw my brother and my other friends skating. I was playing basketball, shooting outside, shooting some hoops. I was like, "Let me try!" I stepped on a board and it was kind of a magical experience.

    SB: I don't know. I just stepped on the board and it felt good. It felt right. It didn't feel foreign. When I stepped on it I still felt stable, and I was like, "This is fun. Let's just go roll around on the board."

    Besides your brother, were there other people you were watching and looking up to?
    SB: When I was growing up, no. It was just us. But once we started getting more into it as we got older, for sure, Chris Cole. He was totally that dude who was weird. When he first started skating he had the baggiest clothes. People didn't really mess with him because of what he looked like. But I just always thought he was a cool kind of skater. I always dug his style. That was probably one of the first.

    Have you met him?
    SB: Yeah, I've met him. Because I do X-Games. I've talked to him a couple times. He's a really nice dude. He's chill. 

    What’s it like to be at X Games?
    SB: The X-Games is just pressure, man. They just want you to go out there and give your gnarliest tricks. Then you can win some money. I do the contest, but I'm not contest minded at all. I'd rather go do a skate video project than a skate contest. But the contests do help, so I participate.

    Now young girls have female skaters like you to be inspired by.
    SB: That's super sick. I'm super pumped that they’re hyped on what I'm doing, but for the most part I just feel like they can do it too! I feel like everyone always can do whatever they want. When they get all pumped on me I'm like, "Dude, get pumped on yourself. You've got it."

    Do you listen to music when you skate? What are you listening to?
    SB: Right now I've been listening to a lot of rap, hip hop. I try not to listen to music while I'm skating. It can get you in that zone and get you focused, but it separates you from everyone else. I always want to incorporate myself into the whole scene, be interacting with everyone that's there at the park. But if I am listening to music while I skate, usually it's some type of rap music. Underground rap, too. Not so much mainstream music.

    Can you tell us more about the underground rap you’re listening to?
    SB: I just like the people that don't get that much attention, I guess. I still mess with Drake and all them. But for the most part, if I'm going to zone I'm going to go listen to, like, The Underachievers. I listen to Logic a lot. He's been blowing up though too. Just a lot of stuff like that. Or I'll go back, listen to some Lauryn Hill. Take it back. Love Lauryn, she's my favorite for sure.

    It seems like you have such a tight-knit community of friends in skateboarding.
    SB: I don't know what it is about skateboarding. For the most part, anywhere I go, if you skate you're kind of in this group. You're in this clique automatically. You skate, I skate, let's go skate! It's super easy to make friends when you've got something in common. When you show up at a skate park, we're all doing the same thing, so it's easy for us to have a relatable conversation.

    So everyone is super welcoming?
    SB: Yeah, for sure. Definitely welcoming. Of course, you'll go to certain places and find those people that are all in their head, and going through whatever they're going through, and taking it out on you for whatever reason. But for the most part everyone is like, "Let's go learn some tricks. Let's go skate. Let's go cruise. Let's do something".

    When you look back at everything you’ve done, what has been your proudest moment?
    SB: I’m very pumped on my board. Hoopla Skateboards—my sponsor, my mentor, my friend—She surprised us once, she surprised me and two other of the team riders with boards one day. That was definitely a huge thing for me, because it made me go into this mindset of, "All right. I've got the title now. I really want to show that I deserve this". That was a really defining moment for me.

    What does that feel like, to go pro?
    SB: It's an honor to be pro. You really want to feel like you earned it and deserve it. But I don't know, I can't even describe the feeling of turning pro because it's just such a gnarly thing to think about. There’s a video of it, the moment it happens. You'll see, it's all on my face. In our world turning pro is the pinnacle. That's what you want. Your goal is to get a board. You need the board with your name on it. To reach that was definitely like, "Wow. I must be doing something right."

    What advice do you have for the next generation of young skaters?
    SB: What I would say to the young girls out there is if you're going to do it, do it. Don't ever stop doing it. Because when you stop, that's when everything else stops, so keep going.

    Read interviews with each cast member here!