Staying in with: Pro Skater Samarria Brevard

Samarria Brevard has been called the “Serena Williams of skateboarding.” If not for pandemic, she’d be prepping for the Olympics right now. Here’s what she’s up to instead.

For our Staying in with… series, we ask interesting people what they’re watching, reading, and listening to while we all stay at home. In this edition: Samarria Brevard. Find more in our Inside Guide

Samarria Brevard is an X Games medal-winning pro skateboarder, and the first Black woman to ever win the Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championship. The Riverside resident’s bid to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics–the first games to include skateboarding–was captured in a short documentary by filmmaker Dan Buyanovsky. She was named to the USA Skateboarding National Team in the Women’s Street competition, but with the Olympics postponed, Brevard is passing her time at home with music, anime, and some vegan comfort food.

Samarria Brevard is Staying in with…

Anime: One Piece, My Hero Academiaand Samarai Champloo

One Piece is about a young pirate who is determined to be the king of all pirates. He has to take to the sea and find his crew. So that they can find the one piece treasure and become king of the pirates. It’s a super inspiring show about not letting your weaknesses get in the way of you finding your treasure in life. My Hero Academia is about a boy who has no quirk in a quirk-powered society. All he wants to become is a superhero so that he can save people with a smile like his favorite superhero Almight. This show is awesome because it shows the magic of being persistent in what you want to accomplish. Samarai Champloo is about three unlikely characters meeting under very unlikely circumstances. I just like this show because it’s badass. It has dope fight scenes.

Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

That one was a random one. It just shows up in your life. I like this one because it’s a real cool adventure story. It’s sick to be able to see someone be driven to go outside his comfort zone. He keeps taking risks and has faith. He see’s where fate or destiny takes him. Like it’s all connected and meant to be. It reminds you to take note that lessons are always present all around.

Cooking: @AvantGardeVegan on Instagram

My “Explore” page on Instagram is mostly cooking, and I mainly watch it when I’m really hungry and can’t get to food. Gaz Oakley is the first vegan chef that I saw on the internet. He always has some nice music to go with his videos. He has a lot of videos ranging from simple to more extravagant advanced vegan meals. I made his lasagne and it was amazing. When I need inspiration or direction for the food I’m going to eat and prepare I search boards with “Vegan Meal Planning” and “Vegan Recipes” on Pinterest.


Book: Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Milman

It was really easy to relate to, him being an athlete. I really like the way the author told the story. It had easy to like characters. While it is a fictional story, it’s meant for the reader to draw correlations to our own lives. It really makes you think. The timing of it for me when I read it, I just saw that there were a lot of similarities to me and my life. It changed the way I viewed things and that can be empowering.

Music: CTRL by SZA and While We Wait by Kehlani

R&B is life. I like to listen to CTRL because it has a good balance of vibes. There are some real good lessons. I love how unapologetic she is in this album. I like While We Wait because she is just so about about where she’s at, and it makes me feel like I can be that open when I’m creating.

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